In 1925 Kitchen bought the property for $10,000 and constructed the mansion that currently sits on the site. The mansion's name 'Wil mar' is a contraction of Willard and his wife, Mary Kitchen.
Gladys married William Jardine, a local banker, and they had one child — Judith.
Vancouver Foundation President and CEO Faye Wightman, in a Vancouver Sun article earlier this year, said:
"It's as if she purposely decided to live under the radar."
Jardine's bequest is among the largest charitable donations ever made in B.C.
The bequest was made in memory of Jardine's father William (the fund will be called the W.E. Jardine Memorial Fund) and it is expected to generate about $1.4 million for granting every year. Jardine wanted this money split in two — with $700,000 annually going to BC Conference of the United Church, and $700,000 to Vancouver Foundation.
"This is someone none of us ever knew. She's someone who the more you learn about, in some ways, the less you seem to know. We have only a few pictures of her. We know she was passionately interested in the arts and teaching and was involved with the Vancouver Arts Council."
(hat tip Larry Yatkowsky)
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