Lee peacefully passed through the gates of heaven to be with her heavenly Father on May 9th, 2020. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Johnny of 29 years, two brothers, four sisters, her son-in-law Jake Wiebe and her daughter-in-law Robin Mitchell. Lee leaves behind two sisters and her beloved children, daughter Sandy Wiebe, and sons, Jory (Donna) Mitchell and Greg (Debbie) Mitchell. She also leaves behind eight grandchildren, Tara, Jenna, LeAnna, John, Jonathan, Tyler, Toby, Jessica, and ten great-grandchildren, Connor, Austin, Walter, Emily, Avelynn, Bailey, Harrison, twins Colton & Charlotte and Edmund.
Lee was born in Gorlitz, Saskatchewan, a small rural Ukrainian community. She loved learning but because they were struggling farmers, she had to leave school and waitress at the Yorkton Hotel to help out the family. She first met John at a dance hall. They fell in love and married in 1949. Eventually, they settled in Port Alberni in 1957 with Johnny working as a welder at Alpulp and Lee being a stay-at-home mom. They started Jay-Lee Mobile Home Park as a family business, but when Multiple Sclerosis took Johnny’s life in 1978, Lee was left to manage the park on her own.
Lee loved people… they were constantly visiting in her home. Both she and Johnny fostered many children, cared about the ‘underdog’, and supported those who struggled with poverty and life challenges. In 1972, Lee’s whole family came to know Jesus in a very deep and profound way. Jesus
became the centre of her life. She loved reading her Bible and serving her God both in the church and community. Her faith was vibrant and very personal.
She will be remembered for her infectious humour, love of games, faithfulness in prayer, strong work ethic, and gift of hospitality. Her legacy is being lived out not only in her own children’s lives but in each succeeding generation. She demonstrated love of her heavenly Father by loving her earthly and church
. Lee’s family wants to thank the staff at Westhaven Nursing Home. What an amazing and caring staff as they lovingly cared for Lee in her final years. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Multiple Sclerosis or Alzheimer Society.
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