Parys – Cemetery – Grave of Sylvia Blanche Lee

DSC01212 DSC01207 DSC01206 DSC01204At the end of town, going out towards Vredefort, is the old cemetery on the right. In the north east corner, furthest away from the gate
is the really old section of the grave yard. Here is the grave of Sylvia Blanch Lee, who had come out from Canada to help with the Boer War refugees.
She died in Parys on the 6 March 1903. More about why she was here and what she did can be gathered from
a short transcipt by Ria Myburgh of the Parys Museum.

THE DEATH OF MISS SYLVIA LEE
(Ria Myburgh)
The sad news of Miss Syliva Lee’s tragic death was conveyed in a small article to her hometown community in Canada, by the Waterloo Advertiser
on page three of the April 11th, 1903 edition.
The article read as follows:
“The community was profoundly grieved Sunday by the sad news that Miss Sylvia Lee, who went to South Africa nearly a year ago as one
of the party of Canadian teachers engaged by the British Government, had died of enteric fever at Parys, near Bloefontein. A cablegram
was received by the family on Friday, announcing that she was dangerously ill. Another cable followed the next day, saying that she had died.
The deceased, who was in her 21st year, was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Lee of Brandon, Manitoba and grand daughter of the
late Von Arondson Lindsay, with whose family she lived from an early age.
She was educated at Waterloo Academy and McGill Normal School. She was a successful teacher in Cookshire Academy from which
she resigned in order to go to South Africa last April.
Miss Lee was a bright, clever girl, with a cheerful and amiable disposition, kind hearted and loyal to her friends and
was also a general favourite. Her death comes with all the force of a personal bereavement to many friends.
A memorial service was held in St. Luke’s Church, Wednesday afternoon at three o’clock. The church was filled
with a sad and sympathetic congregation. The Rev. T.B. Jenkins, who preached an appropriate discourse, was
assisted in the solemn service by the Rev. James Carmichael of Koowiton, the Rev. R. Emmett of West Shefford and
the Rev. Mr. Pratt of Montreal. So far as known the remains of Miss Lee will not be brought home.”