Frances Lorna Lee
May 22, 1921 – September 1, 2018.
“Together Forever”… so reads the inscription on their headstone as chosen by them while enjoying good health together. Frances Lorna (Tweltridge) Lee, joined her husband and love of her life Gordon Lee, just 18 months after his passing. Blessed with a love filled marriage of seventy years, Frances joined Gordon on that “Eternal road” on September 1, 2018 at age 97.
Frances is survived by her son Scott Lee (MaryJane) and daughter Cynthia Ketterer (Jack) and beloved grandchildren Nicole Lee and Chris Lee (Tara) and cherished great granddaughter Nina Frances Lee, and many nieces and nephews who were a very important part of her life. She is predeceased by her sisters Lloyne Morgan and Dora Luckhurst and brothers in law Jack Morgan and Bert Luckhurst as well as sisters in law Kay Lee and Jean Lee.
Frances was named after her Uncle Francis Lorne McKinnon who became a paediatric physician in Winnipeg and would pick Fran up every Saturday and take her on his rounds at the Children’s Hospital until his untimely death when she was eight years old. This was a formative time in her early years which she remembered vividly.
Frances attended Kelvin High School and Angus Secretarial College before going to work at the Manitoba Wheat Board and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Winnipeg. Once married, she raised two children and eventually settled with her late husband in the Toronto area.
In the early seventies, after a twenty year sabbatical from the work force she retrained (before the days of government sponsored retraining programs) and found employment with Praxair (Union Carbide).
Frances had an infectious love of life and was a life long learner long before the term had been coined. She cultivated a love of music, reading, playing Bridge, yoga, knitting, cooking, entertaining, travel and maintaining relationships through letter writing. Community service was important to her. In her early twenties, she was one of many women who volunteered to attend dances at the Airman’s Club in Winnipeg where British and Australian pilots were posted for training. Later, she taught Sunday school and became a Cub Scout leader at First United Church in Port Credit. It was second nature to Fran to drop off a meal to a friend or neighbour who was ill or to visit friends who were confined to hospital care.
Frances was loved by her immediate family, her nieces and nephews and a vast network of friends all of whom will remember our ever so kind hearted matriarch with a smile and a warm heart.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Fran’s life will be held on Friday, October 19 at First United Church, 151 Lakeshore Road West, Port Credit, ON. commencing at 2:00 pm. followed by a reception with family and friends.