Thelma Lee of Emo, Ont., and formerly of Stratton, Ont., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010 at the Emo Health Centre at the age of 91.
Thelma was born June 12, 1919 to Thomas and Sarah Scott in Huddersfield, England. She was the second-eldest of five children.
After completing grade school, she went to work in a textile mill. When WW II began, she joined the British Army and was trained to work on radar—a relatively new thing at that time.
During the war, she met Leonard Lee, who was serving in the Canadian Army. They were married on March 4, 1944 in England.
In 1946, following the war, she immigrated to Canada to join her husband. After living for a short period in Thunder Bay, Ont., they moved to Stratton, where they raised their two children, Terry and Susan.
Thelma lived in Stratton until 2005, when she had to move into continuing care at the Emo Health Centre. She remained there until her passing.
Thelma is survived by her son, Terry and his wife, Janice, and their children, Andrea and husband, Taxios Milionis, and Angela and husband, Adam Wiwcharyk; son-in-law, Melvin Jack and his children, Chad and wife, Stacey, Clint and wife, Penny, and Cara and husband, Garrett Taschuk; and great-grandchildren, Andrew Jack, Cooper, Cayden, and Carsyn Taschuk, and Danny, Emma, Hunter, and Ty Jack.
Thelma also is survived by her sister, Irene Cliffe; brother, Bill Scott and wife, Edith; and numerous nieces and nephews all living in England.
Thelma was predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Sarah Scott; husband, Leonard; daughter, Susan Jack; sister, Gladys and husband, Kennet; brother, Tom and his wife, Kathleen; and brother-in-law, Arthur.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 at 1 p.m. at the Stratton United Church, with Rev. Peggy Mason officiating.
Interment will take place in the Stratton Cemetery at a later date.
The honourary pallbearers were Sandra Williams, Heather Oltsher, Mary Vandenbrand, Helen Cates, Maxine Irvine, and Sharon Johnson.
If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Emo Health Centre or the Salvation Army c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.
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