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Late Uncle Bill McKernan & Barbara Murray Honored for Contributions to Wistaria Thrift

June 18th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune

wistaria pic On Wednesday, April 29, about 40 people gathered in the yard of the Sierra Madre Woman’s Club to dedicate "Uncle Bill’s Little House and Barbara’s Cottage", two small buildings built for use by the club’s Wistaria Thrift Shop.   In attendance were many of the Wistaria Shop Workers, Sierra Madre Woman’s Club Board members, and other invited guests. Elma Flores, Chairwoman of the event, opened the celebration. Colleen McKernan spoke about Uncle Bill McKernan, Marilyn’s late husband, who did so much for the Wistaria Shop and, with help from Lou Watanabe, built the Little House several years ago.  A certificate of appreciation was presented to Lew Watanabe by Rosemary Morabito. Next, Ruth Kirkby spoke about Barbara Murray, a dedicated club member and Wistaria Shop worker who passed away suddenly last year. A dedication to Barbara written by Marianne Sibrell who could not attend the event was read. SMWC President Janet Ten Eyck cut the ribbon on each of the doors, officially opening the buildings. Ruth Kirkby unveiled the dedication pictures of Uncle Bill and Barbary Murray that are displayed on the buildings. Eva Poet presented a tortoise statue displayed next to Barbara’s Cottage in memory of Barbara’s work with the tortoise rescue group. Karlene Englert presented one of Bill McKernan’s handsaws displayed in his memory on the Little House. Mary Alice Cervera lead the invocation. Elma closed the ceremony with an invitation for everyone to stay for lunch in the Essick House. In the house, tables were gaily decorated in a Chinese theme and the luncheon table was filled with a delicious selection of dishes from Panda Express in Monrovia. The celebration was filled with memories and stories of the two special people who were honored; Bill McKernan and Barbara Murray.

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