Yum Jean Lee
December 1, 1936 – September 9, 2020
December 1, 1936 - September 9, 2020
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Yum Jean Lee, our loving and devoted Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Aunt, and Friend.
She left us peacefully, embraced with love from us all on September 9, 2020. She was in her 83rd year.
She was born in a rural village (now Kaiping) in Guangdong, China. She married her husband, Wilson G.K. Lee (predeceased 1992) in 1956 in Hong Kong.
They immigrated to Canada in 1957 to begin their new life. They settled in Edmonton, AB, and made their start in the grocery industry. In time, Jean turned to the restaurant industry, where she earned many employment achievement awards. She was recognized by many for her dedication.
She lived a full life and had many passions, and approached them with her usual dedication and energy, be it Church activities, her “Draws”, her business dealings, or her work.
But above all, her greatest and deepest passion was her family. She was a loving and devoted wife and mother. All that she accomplished in life was for the betterment of her family. She was a person you could count on.
She was the Wife of Wilson G.K. Lee (predeceased 1992), Mother to Margaret Herba, Robert Lee (Julie), Gary Lee (Donna), Grandmother to Kyle Herba, Alex Herba (Karen), Jessica Lee, Kaitlyn Lee, and Great Grandmother to Mila Herba and Ethan Herba.
She was the daughter of Ka Tong and You (Tse) Chow (parents), Sister to Edward Fuey Joe, Julie Wong, and Ina Jay.
We will miss her deeply, but her values and lessons will not be forgotten.
Service begins at 11:00am on September 22, 2020. Internment and Cemetery respects will be held at South Haven Cemetery (5004 Meridian Street N.W.) immediately after the service.
A CoVid style luncheon will be served at Hainstock’s upon return from South Haven.
In lieu of flowers and donations, please make a donation to a charity of your choice in Jean’s name.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Yum Jean Lee
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September 21, 2020
It was a honor to celebrate Christmas last year with all of you & your Mom. Jean was a beautiful soul inside & out ❤ We will always remember her sweet smile.
When you lose someone you love, words are just never enough, especially when it happens to be someone who meant so much ❤
Big hugs to you all
Wayne & Sharon Culley
September 17, 2020
Auntie Jean is one of the kindest and caring person that I know. Whenever she visited Vancouver, she always called or met us to see how we were doing.
She had a hard time after her husband passed away young, but she was a successful and loving mom who had provided all of her kids a loving family.
She was a devoted buddha follower, and practised her kindliness with her true heart.
In her senior years, she spent some time at the casino to kill her time before the casinos were all closed due to the pandemic, but she did not gamble. She just liked to enjoy the company of her friends who like to share their happiness together. When her friends won, she was happy for them and they had a great laugh together, but she was always so disciplined that she could always resist the temptations of greed. Sometimes, people criticize seniors for wasting their life long savings in their
late years at casinos. But another way to look at this is that it is better for seniors to spend their lives in public eyes than alone in their homes, since if accidents happen at home, nobody would know of seniors live alone.
It is very misfortunate that Auntie slipped in the bathroom that triggered her fatal injury, but thanks to her eldest son, Bob and her family members who kept checking on her everyday and discovered the accident in time, so that her immediate family could have enough time to gather beside her to see her off.
Whenever I remember Auntie, she was always cheerful and was smiling. She always passed her positive energy to other.
Auntie, we love you and will always remember your smile and your kindness!
Sunny and the Mo Family