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R. Mary Chevallier – The Lasting Generosity of Planned Giving

In the fall of September 2018, we were saddened to hear that Rosalind Mary Bretland Chevallier (1940-1943), an Edgehill Old Girl, had passed away in Cambridgeshire, England at the age of 91. Mary, as we knew her, was one of the forty-nine girls who arrived at Edgehill School in 1940 after being evacuated from the Roedean School in East Sussex, England, sent by parents and guardians seeking safe refuge for their daughters from the terrible war that wrought havoc and devastation across Europe.

Mary spent three years at Edgehill, and after returning to England kept in touch with the School and friends she had made throughout her time here. Amazingly, over the span of 70 years Mary continued to send cards, letters, mementos, and donations across the Atlantic she had sailed as a young girl fleeing war.

That Mary remained appreciative and truly never forgot the warmth with which she was received by Edgehill was made even more evident from the planned gift of £10,000 (just shy of $17,000 CAD) we recently learned she left to the School in her will. In Mary’s own words, her last gift to us came “in gratitude for the wartime generosity of so many Nova Scotians to a group of forty-nine British school girls 1940-1944…to be given to students either day or boarding whose home is also in Windsor.”

Mary’s desire to pay it forward so many years after leaving the School is a true testament to the strength of this community that has opened its arms to people from all around the world for decades and centuries—that for so many people KES is much more than an academic institution, it is a home away from home.

Though Mary is sadly gone, her last gift will continue to reciprocate the generosity and kindness she felt during her time at Edgehill in a profound and meaningful way. If you are interested in planning to leave to a legacy gift to King’s-Edgehill School from your estate, please contact the Alumni & Advancement Office at kesalumni@kes.ns.ca, or call our Director Heather Strickey at 902-798-2278 ext. 2225.

Sarah Mack
Advancement Administrative Assistant


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