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LEE, Wanda Marlene

LEE, Wanda Marlene

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Wanda Lee, on December 14, 2018 at the age of 56. She is survived by her loving husband John of 25 years, her daughters Alyssa Gibbs (Sheldon), Kate Starr (Matt) and Jessica Lee (Kyle), grandchildren Jorden, Scarlet, Blake and her beloved grandpugs. She also leaves to mourn her sisters Dawn (Keith), Regina and Darlene (Barry), her brother Barry (Christine) as well as her long-time friends Barb (Dave) and Phyllis (Gord). She was predeceased by her parents Wilson (Matilda) and Alice Clarke.

Wanda was born and raised in Tilton, Newfoundland. As a young woman, she ventured to Western Canada and eventually settled in Kelowna, BC. Her most important job in life was raising her family and making a home. She truly was the backbone of the family. The pride and joy of Wanda’s life was her husband John and daughters Alyssa, Kate and Jessica.

Wanda loved cooking, quilting, gardening and entertaining. Everyone loved coming over for one of Wanda's home cooked meals, she often had a house full of people. Spending time with friends and family meant the world to her. Later in life, Wanda became passionate about quilting, eventually sharing this passion with close friends. She made many personalized quilts for those that she cherished. She often looked forward to spring and being able to plant flowers in her beautiful gardens. She had a green thumb and her gardens were often the envy of others. Her vivacious and welcoming personality drew many people to her. There was nobody that Wanda met with whom she couldn’t carry on a conversation. She was well liked and loved by many. Wanda had a very big heart and loved helping others. She was always the first to offer help to those who needed it.

Wanda had strong opinions and was passionate about what she believed in. She was a very strong woman who battled breast cancer for 14 years and her positivity and sense of humour helped make the “c” word seem not so daunting. She often had those sitting next to her at the Cancer Clinic laughing along with her.

Wanda was taken too early from us and will be greatly missed by everyone. She will stay in our hearts forever. We love you always, Wanda.

A Celebration of Life will be held January 5, 2019 at 4:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the BC Cancer Foundation, www.bccancerfoundation.com. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com/obituaries/lee-wanda-marlene/

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Condolence Messages
  • Jan 06, 2019
    I am so sorry for your loss John, all my love to your family. Rhonda and family.
  • Jan 06, 2019
    My condolences to John and the Lee family. Dave Johnson and family.
  • Jan 04, 2019
    D-delightful dynamo
    We were blessed to have met Wanda through my sister Barb and we will never forget her. She was strong, funny, warm, welcoming, loving and we were blessed to have spent time with her. We offer our condolences to John and the family.
    Judy and Tony Francis
  • Dec 24, 2018
    I am proud to say Wanda was a friend and a coworker and she always knew how to brighten a room. She was so caring, kind, funny, witty, and had a huge heart. She will truly be missed ! May care & love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences.
    Sharon Parker
  • Dec 24, 2018
    My deepest condolences to the Lee family, my thoughts are with you all.
    Hugs, Donna Babet.
  • Dec 22, 2018
    We were so sad to hear of Wanda's passing. Our deepest sympathies to John and girls. Wanda was such a special lady and the times we saw her, she always had a smile on her face and a positive attitude. She took interest in our kids and provided encouragement. She will certainly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Grace, Damian & family
  • Dec 21, 2018
    Alyssa, we send our love and thoughts to you and your family during such a difficult and sad time. Sincere condolences to you, John, your sisters and all of your family members.
    Deanna and Dave
  • Dec 21, 2018
    Dear John and family, so sorry to hear this sad news. She was a wonderful person and fought a hard fight. She is now at peace. Cherish the happy memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Joy and Jon Russell
  • Dec 21, 2018
    John and family, sincere condolences on this huge loss. Her beautiful smile and great personality will be truly missed RIP my friend.
  • Dec 21, 2018
    I'm so truly sorry to hear of Wanda's passing, she was such an awesome person and we were very lucky to have known her. Even tho we haven't kept in touch we still loved her and will miss her so. I'm so glad I have alot of memories. Rest In Peace until we meet again. Love Mike & Rita Chase
  • Dec 21, 2018
    It was with sadness that we heard of Wanda's passing....We didn't see her a lot but heard so much about her from Barb & Dave....Whenever we did see her though she always had a beautiful smile and the same beautiful spirit. Our prayers are with your family.
    Bob & Irene Balehowsky
  • Dec 21, 2018
    I am deeply saddened by her passing. My deepest sympathies go out to John and her daughters. I knew her for many years we had a lot of fantastic times in the Corner pin. She put up one hell of a fight.
    RIP Wanda, no more suffering. Loved you dearly my friend.
    Jim Spencer
  • Dec 21, 2018
    It is with a heavy heart that I offer my condolences to John and the girls and a special sadness for Barb Neuman who selflessly gave so much.
  • Dec 21, 2018
    Alyssa and family;
    Our sincere sympathy in the loss of your Mother. Our thoughts are with you, and know that we care during such a difficult time. Although we never had the honor of meeting Wanda, reading her legacy truly warms our hearts. We wish you strength and peace in the days ahead to help you through these sad times. We send you love and hugs.
    Rhonda and Larry
  • Dec 20, 2018
    I had the pleasure of working with Wanda. She was always so positive and made us all laugh and she saw the good in everyone. I was very sad to hear the news and hope you all know that she was an exceptional person and that she has left an impact in the world and our hearts.
    Faye Sheldon
  • Dec 20, 2018
    Wanda was one of those people you can consider yourself lucky to meet. I'm happy to say I knew someone as strong and kind as Wanda Lee. Her strength is something to be in awe of. I will cherish the memories I have of her. That smile is like no one else's. Brittani
  • Dec 20, 2018
    Our heartfelt condolences to the family. Wanda was a very special person and a great friend. We never really decided who was the most bossy of the group, but I concede to her. She will always be remembered for her fast come backs to comments when she worked at the Corner Pinn that had some people sitting back and wondering what hit them. Wanda was a fighter and she fought a big battle that was in our opinion a typical Newfie. We will miss her dearly as so many will that have been touched by knowing Wanda. RIP, no more treatments and suffering.
    Vickie & Joe
  • Dec 20, 2018
    My deepest sympathies for you all. Wanda was an inspirational woman. So kind and loving. So vibrant and of course very humorous. We all loved her. She will be missed by all of the people whose lives she touched. Wonderful wonderful lady. Rest In Peace Wanda. Love Wendy.
  • Dec 20, 2018
    We will miss a beautiful person and a great neighbour.
    Twyla & Tia(the dog)