passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2006 at Dufferin Place in Nanaimo with her son Dave and “daughter” Karen by her side.
She was predeceased by her parents Paul and Louise LePas, husband John, brothers Oscar (Lillian) LePas and Thad (Toya) LePas.
Left to mourn her passing are her son Dave (Karen Mullen) of Ladysmith, niece Robin LePas (Fred Stanley) of Campbell River, nephews Brian LePas of Campbell River and Jon (Lee Anne) LePas of Victoria, great-nephew Luther, great-niece Jalysa and numerous relatives in Alberta, Manitoba and the U.S.
Lee was born in Ladysmith, B.C. on July 13, 1921. The family moved to Nanaimo when she was a young girl. In 1943, she resigned from her job with Dr. Tully at the Pacific Biological Station to serve her country during World War II and was stationed primarily in Winnipeg. After the war, she worked for 5 years at the Nanaimo Indian Hospital, then moved to Edmonton and married John Seccombe. She and her husband returned to Nanaimo to raise a family and, among other jobs, ran the Shoreline Cafe on Stewart Avenue for several years. Lee was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion and served for many years as Secretary of Branch #256.
Widowed in 1972, Lee was hard working and family oriented. She became the primary caregiver for her aging parents and was a second Mom to her brother’s children. An open door policy for friends and family was always maintained.
The family wishes to thank Paul Stewart for the care that he gave her at home, the wonderful staff at Dufferin Place (Cedar and Birch wings), Dr. Zuccarro, and all the kind thoughts that we have received from friends.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Anyone who wishes to donate in Mom’s memory can do so to the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation or the charity of his or her choice.
An informal gathering to celebrate Mom’s life was held on Monday, November 27, 2006 from 2:00-5:00 pm in the Legion Branch #256 lounge at 1630 Wellington Road, Nanaimo.