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Born: Dec 14, 1928

Date of Passing: Apr 14, 2021

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With much sadness the family of Isobel Lee would like to announce her passing at Health Sciences Centre on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, with her sons at her side. Mrs Lee had been a resident of Sterling House Assisted living until shortly before her passing.
Isobel was born on December 14, 1928 in Brinkworth, England to Sara and Percy Horsell, She immigrated to Canada in 1953 to marry her husband Bernard (also of England) and they started their family and life together. Their life took them to many places: Toronto, Muskokas, Norway House, Stony Mountain, Little Britain, Thunder Bay, New Zealand, Kingston and then back to Winnipeg.
The church was a big part of her life as per her upbringing and marriage to a United Church minister. She was gifted in music and was always part of the church choir or the organist. She was active in the UCW. Congregations in which she was active would be Little Britain, Knox Shuniah (Thunder Bay), Glenburnie (Kingston) and then Crescent Fort Rouge (Winnipeg).
When her busy life of raising five boys settled down, she revived her secretarial career and worked for the RCMP, as a legal secretary in Thunder Bay, as well as for the United Church Presbytery.
Isobel was predeceased by her parents, siblings (Rose and Ted), her husband Bernard and youngest son Haynes.
She is survived by her sons, Jack (Deana Martz), Norman (Sheila Boardman), Eric and Kenneth. Also survived by her loving grandsons, Thomas and Spencer, and her English nieces, Margaret, Marion, Valerie and Christine.
The family would like to thank the staff at Sterling House for making the final years of her life easier and the staff at Health Sciences Centre CAU unit for making her final days more comfortable. Many thanks to her friends also for maintaining contact with her over the years.
There will be a viewing at Gilbart Funeral Home in Selkirk on Sunday, April 18 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. In accordance to her wishes cremation will follow. Services will be planned for a future date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Crescent Fort Rouge United Church or Little Britain United Church.

Condolences may be left on her tribute wall at

Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk
in care of arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 17, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I was sad to learn of Isobel's death. She was the wife of my cousin Bernard, and they took it in turns to visit me when they came to England. The last time Isobel came over, her cousins brought her, and she seemed healthy and happy. She always wrote a long newsy letter at Christmas, and it was only in the last couple of years that I missed those. Jack and Norman came to live with their grandparents in Exmouth when they were younger so that they had some idea of what life had been like in Britain for their parents. They visited us in North Devon for a weekend, and spent bonfire night with our family. I shall always remember them singing "Oh Canada" around the bonfire. My commiserations to you all. - Posted by: Joyce Holmes (Cousin by marriage) on: Jul 03, 2021

  • Isobel was an active participant on our Pastoral Care committee. She was a very kind, sweet person who did her utmost to help others in the congregation suffering from ill health. Until her own health concerns forced her to reluctantly leave the team, she was active in whatever way she could, whether it be making regular phone calls, sending cards or just keeping track of the health of others. Those of us in the Life Story group, as well as rest of the congregation, were very pleased to have Isobel participate in producing her own life story which celebrated her amazing life. I have fond memories of Isobel and am glad to have had the privilege of knowing her. - Posted by: Marlene Beaty (fellow parishioner at Crescent Fort rouge United Church) on: Apr 18, 2021

  • My condolences to the family of Isobel Lee. I had the pleasure of knowing Isobel and her family since our time at Norway House and later in Winnipeg. What a kind, loving, and gentle woman she was, always ready to help in any way she could. She will be missed by all who knew her. There is no doubt that her memory will remain with us. - Posted by: Verna Kirkness (Friend ) on: Apr 17, 2021

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