Gertrude Marjory Fraser passed away on February 17, 2003, after
having been ill for over six months. Her life was celebrated in
the BC Provincial Legislature by Cariboo MLA John Wilson and at
the Quesnel City Council Chambers by Mayor Nate Bello.
St. Andrews United Church in Quesnel,
a small church, was overflowing on February 22 for Gertrudes funeral. Friends also filled
a room adjoining the church. Not everyone who wanted to was able
to fit into the building, so some waited at the Seniors Centre
next door for other mourners to join them for a tea.
A number of vignettes from this project
were included during the eulogy given at the service by Gertrudes son-in-law, Dave
Shier. He also noted, Gertrude had an extraordinary and exciting
life. She truly was the first lady of the Cariboo.