Tribute in Stone: Mary Sutherland

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"Mary Sutherland, whose life-size memorial stands in the Garden of Eden (Pictou County, Nova Scotia), fascinates me. She is dressed in her wedding gown and it is an awesome spectacle to see her gazing out over the blue Pictou County hills." [Ona Bjornson; April 1997]

Having grown up at Garden of Eden-Eden Lake, "Mary", as we used to call her, is like an old friend. I have personally visited her stone many times and always marvelled at the perfection of her face and hair and the delicate fingers with the wedding band on the fourth finger of her left hand. I can remember as a child whenever we passed the cemetery I would say, "Oh, she is still there". I don't know if I expected her to walk away or that some one might steal her. [Eunice A. Wood; April 1997]

I tried to revive what I knew about her but realized my memory was a bit sketchy. I looked for, and actually found, a newspaper clipping from the New Glasgow Evening News, July 21, 1967, by Ted Hale. Then I got my brother, who still lives in the area, to get me the exact inscription on the stone. [Eunice A. Wood; April 1997]

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