On January 4 of this year, while hiking with her husband Jeff and his family on a nature trail in Kenya, our neighbor's daughter-in-law Sharon Brown and her 1 year old daughter Margaux were killed during a tragic encounter with an elephant.  We knew and loved Sharon and were lucky enough to meet adorable little Margaux when they were home visiting family last summer.  Words fail me — I don't know how to express our sadness and sympathy for Jeff and family.  But I did want to mention that Jeff has set up a memorial fund for Sharon and Margaux and it will be used to further Sharon's passion, which is quite similar to ours: environmental education and reforestation. 

In Sharon's memory, a facility will be built at the International School of Kenya, ISK where Sharon worked as a librarian and Environment Club Advisor.  The facility will house a greenhouse, nursery and garden which will be used to grow seedlings of indigenous tree species for targeted reforestation projects.  A fitting tribute and one I'm sure Sharon would be proud of.

Donations to this commemorative environmental project may be sent to:

The Sharon and Margaux Brown Memorial Fund
Account # 23110901
Merchant's Bank, Attn:  Phyllis Ormond
205 Main Street, Suite 1
Brattleboro, VT  05301

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