“Gramma Lee” passed away on April 3, 2003 with her family at her side. She was born Dec. 7, 1913 in Vancouver, BC and was in her 90th year. Her family moved Powell River in 1915 and there she maried Jack Lee in 1932 and raised her six children. Gladys and Jack moved to Campbell River in 1952 when Jack began his career at Elk Falls Mill and later became the first Reeve and Mayor of Campbell River. She was predeceased by her husband Jack, her brothers David and Bill Milne of Powell River and her son-in-law Russell Abbott.
Grama Lee leaves her children Donald (Patricia) of Campbell River, Robert (Janet) of Tsawassen, Gordon (Les Furlong) of New Westminster, Audrey (Roy) Reaville of St. Albert, Alberta, Gail Third of Campbell River and Jacquie Abbott of Campbell River along with 15 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and many others who called her “Grama Lee”.
Gladys enjoyed being first lady of Campbell River, her membership in the Royal Purple Lodge 189, her cabin at Upper Campbell and her friends, but her main joys were her family, crocheting and knitting, bingo, the Three Tenors, Lawrence Welk and the bagpipes.
She will be forever remembered for her bright smile, her stashes of cheezies and candy and her uncanny ability to win at cards even after being declared legally blind! The family wishes to extend their thanks and appreciation to Dr. Friderichs, Adult Care, Sunshine Lodge, CR Home Support and Home Nursing, Bonnie, Joel and Mary and the staff of 2 North and 3rd floor at Campbell River Hospital.
A Memorial Service will be held Friday, April 11 at 1p.m. at Sutton’s Funeral Chapel. A tea hosted by the Ladies of the Royal Purple will follow at the Elks Hall. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations in Gladys’ name to the charity of your choice appreciated.