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E. SHIRLEY LEE (nee IVEY) Peacefully on August 18 at the Riverview Health Centre, E. Shirley Lee (nee Ivey) slipped away from the hardships and joys of this world. She will be sadly missed by her beloved husband Royden; her daughters, Linda and Luella; her grandson Andrew; her son-in-law Larry; and her many friends and relations. Shirley was a literary person. She met her husband-to-be at a meeting of the United College Literary Club. Subsequently, she became a member of the Winnipeg Writers Club and the Winnipeg Poetry Society. Her poetry was of professional quality and a number of her poems can be found in Canadian publications. Always an avid reader, she became addicted to mystery novels in later life. A graduate of United College (B.A. 1947), Shirleys intelligence and imagination were of considerable assistance to her husband, a teacher of English, in clarifying the meaning and relevance of seemingly obscure imagery in poetry. Often her ideas were passed on to her husbands students. Other pursuits included becoming a founding member and later President of the Schoolmasters Wives Association where she developed many permanent friendships. In addition, she spent many hours as an assistant Girl Guide Leader, as a volunteer at the Craft Guild of Manitoba, and as a second mother to many young people who grew up in her River Heights neighbourhood. Away from home, her greatest enjoyment was roaming the hills and valleys of Montana in search of agates which her husband turned into gemstones. At home, Shirleys greatest joy was visiting Sandy Hook on Lake Winnipeg where her father and grandfather cleared land and began building a lakeside cottage in 1911. It is now owned by her younger daughter, Luella. It became an even more pleasant site when her older daughter, Linda, and her husband Larry, built a permanent residence nearby. It was here Shirley enjoyed a delightful visit shortly before her death. Shirley was the family communicator. Her contacts with friends and relatives kept human relations alive and vital. We shall miss her. Shirleys love of animals was well known. Anyone wishing to honour her life may do so by contributing to her favourite charity, The Winnipeg Humane Society. Cremation has taken place and in accordance with Shirleys wishes, there will be no service. Instead, in remembrance of Shirley and in celebration of her life, an informal reception will be held on Sunday, August 27 at 84 Dunraven Ave. (St. Vital). Friends are invited to join the family anytime between 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. THOMSON FUNERAL CHAPELS 783-7211
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 24, 2000
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