May 14, 2008, 7:54 AM
The people of Gunjur are mourning the death of Mrs. Beryl McKenna Culson who was a dear friend to the village and passed away on the 8th of October this year.
Speaking to The Point, the host of Mrs. Culson, Mr. Kebba K. Barrow, alias KKB, said Mrs. Culson's death was a source of great heartbreak to many people in the village. He said that Mrs. Culson first visited The Gambia in 1994 and following a visit to Gunjur decided to help and support the village.
She built a four-classroom block at GunjurLowerBasicSchool and furnished it fully with many materials. The block can accommodate over 200 children.
According to KKB, Mrs. Culson was like a mother, a sister and a friend to all Gambians and Gunjur in particular.
He thanked the family and the church of the late Mrs. Culson for their support and contribution to the development of Gunjur.
When contacted, a member of the parent/teacher association, Mr. Momodou Bojang, said he still could not believe his ears when he heard about the death of his friend Beryl McKenna Culson. He said that the people of his area remember her sweet charity every evening.
Malong Darboe, a prefect in GunjurUpperBasicSchool, said Mrs. Culson was like their grandmother during their days in the lower basic school. He applauded her for her generosity and prayed that her soul may rest in perfect peace. He also composed a poem to her memory entitled, "Thank You Beryl Mckenna Culson".