Edith (Gammy) Lally Cook

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Tributes |


A Community Project to honour women who have enriched our lives

The Ban Righ Centre supports mature women who are starting or returning to education at Queen’s University. In taking this significant step, these women found role models, advocates and inspiration in other women. Then, as they engage in their studies and in their activities beyond Queen’s with friends, family, peers and colleagues, these students effect continual and positive change, extending the reach of their mentors and the Ban Righ Centre. Through “Who Is She?” we honour women who make a difference.

Edith (Gammy) Lally Cook

Honoured by: William Cook

She was my grandmother! Her husband died in 1924 and left her with 11 children. She had to vacate her house upon his death. What did she do? She gathered her youngest and went west to join her son, a prairie farmer. She lived with her children, a new daughter-in-law and a helper. Her pleasant, easy going manner made it possible to live under one roof with two other women. Gammy was my second mother and was there for me. A bond was formed at an early age with her. When my parents were away she was the disciplinary. She listened before she scolded. She ran the farm and worked to make sure that it ran smoothly. My fondest memories are the times I curled up with her as we travelled by sleigh caboose through the snow with a stove keeping us warm inside. She left this world when I was 13. She was a very important part of my life and I loved her dearly. She taught me to care, to listen, to love and to be determined in everything I did!

WTJ Cook