LEE, Evelyn Margaret (Bennett)

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Evelyn Margaret (Bennett) Lee

Lee, Evelyn Margaret (Bennett) died peacefully on March 11, 2020, at Greenwoods Eldercare with her daughter Elizabeth at her side.
She was born June 29, 1918, in Seaford, England, to parents John (Jack) Bennett of British Columbia and Alice Rogers Bennett of Rotherfield, England, during WWI.

Evelyn was brought to Salt Spring Island at the age of ten months when her father purchased the farm at the top of Dukes Road. Evelyn is predeceased by her husband Ronald Lee, their three sons Melbourne, George and Baby Lee, and her siblings Mary Mollet, June Stevens and John Bennett. Left to remember her are her daughters Lois Nadin (Peter) of 100 Mile House, B.C., Ronda Farrow (Len) of Dalmeny, Sask., and Elizabeth Lee of Salt Spring Island, four grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 8 great great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ron and Evelyn operated the Fulford Shell Station and Garage in the early 50’s, and later the Ganges Shell Station and Garage. They farmed on Lee’s Hill, part of Ron’s grandfather’s homestead, now Garry Oaks Vineyard. They enjoyed raising sheep and other animals, growing a huge vegetable garden, hunting and fishing. Evelyn was a member of the Women’s Institute, famous for pies, and the Burgoyne United Church Women for over seventy years, and the South Salt Spring OAP. She also canvassed for the Red Cross for many years. She was known for canning and preserving anything and everything edible, baking and decorating beautiful wedding cakes, family get togethers and being a great organizer. She enjoyed travelling to England several times to meet her English family, and to Australia where her father was born and raised.

The family would like to thank Home Support staff for helping to keep her in her home until after her 100th birthday. Thank you to Dr. Butcher for his kindness and support, and the staff of Greenwoods, especially the care aides, for their loving care of Evelyn for the past 1 1/2 years.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Burgoyne United Church, or the Women’s Institute. A service of remembrance will be held at a later date.

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