DOROTHY GRACE LEES
On Wednesday, January 28, 2015, Dorothy Lees, age 95, passed away peacefully at the Simkin Centre.
Left to cherish Dorothy’s memory are her three children, Georgia Klass (Daniel), Virginia Lees (Ron Kibbins) and J.D. Lees (Ruth); nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She was predeceased in 2010 by her husband of 60 years, Danny Lees.
Dorothy grew up in St. James on Oakdale Place. She attended Wesley College, now University of Winnipeg, where she earned her BA. She worked in the Budget Office at Eatons until her marriage to Donald Maclean in 1943. Captain Maclean, a paratrooper, was killed on D-Day in France. Within a short time after his death, both Dorothy’s parents had also passed away.
In 1950, Dorothy married Danny Lees on the day he graduated from Medical School. She was a devoted and loving wife and mother who, together with Danny, provided their children with a happy, stable, and carefree home environment. She was self-disciplined and organized, and modeled doing what was "right" rather than what was "easy." She was a highly intelligent woman with an amazing memory, able to help her kids with algebra and geometry problems right up to the end of their high school.
Summers were spent tending to her family at their cottage at Victoria Beach. Dorothy traveled twice a year to visit her best friend and sister-in-law Margie Ross (Maclean) at Great Hopes Farm in Michigan, or at The Anchorage in Coral Gables, Florida.
Dorothy loved animals, and the Lees home was never without a dog and at least one cat. She loved her home on Riverside Drive where she enjoyed feeding and watching the wild animals, and she spent many happy times with Danny at "the farm" in Prawda, where she gathered wild berries and baked them into scrumptious pies.
Dorothy's motto was, "Chase out the bad thought and put in the good thought." She truly lived by her motto, even during the last seven years of Dan's life, when he was afflicted with Alzheimer's and Dorothy supplied him with love and care every single day.
At Dorothy's request, there will be no funeral service.
The family is grateful to the wonderful people at the Simkin Centre that have cared for Mum with such kindness for the last three years of her life.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: the Simkin Centre, 1 Falconridge Drive, Winnipeg, R3Y1B9 or the East Beaches Animal Shelter, P.O. BOX 51, Victoria Beach, MB, R0E 2C0.
Wojcik’s Funeral Chapels & Crematorium, 2157 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada 204.897.4665, is in care of arrangements. wojciksfuneralchapel.com
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