On October 16th, Lee (Laryalee) Fraser passed away peacefully at Bastion Place at the age of 73.
In the seventies and eighties, Lee was a reporter and photographer for various newspapers throughout the area, including the Kamloops News and the Shuswap Market.
She then became a member of Chase Village Council for nine years, including three years as mayor, 1993 to 1996.
She enjoyed volunteering for various causes, loved gardening, and for several years she wrote poetry under the pen-name Laryalee Fraser. Her online friends know her as Lary, and her website, Along Poetry Creek can be found through Google.
She was predeceased by her second husband, Ron Goldney.
She leaves five children, Stephen of Whitehorse, Stephanie (Bill) of Logan Lake, Michele of Kelowna, Michael of Armstrong, John (Tricia) of Hungary; two step-children, Dodie of Kamloops and Glenn of Vancouver; two siblings, David (Wendy) of Oregon and Mary Ruth (Wayne) of Calgary; twelve grandchildren, Kevin, Diane (Ryan), Chris, Aaron, Daniel, Leah, Alexis, Sarah, Hannah, Justin, Matthew, Jonathan; three step-grandchildren, Chelsea, Ben and Brandon; three great grandchildren, Jacob, Adam and Abby.
There will be no formal service by request. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Cancer Society, your favorite charity, or to spend a few hours volunteering or giving back to the community in some way.
The family would sincerely like to thank all those that have been involved in the loving care and support of Lee during the past years.
The support that has been received by the many health care workers and volunteers has been very much appreciated by Lee and her family.
We would especially like to thank:
Montebello Medical Clinic (especially Dr. Kim Grieve & Dr. Kelly Little); Shuswap Community Care Health Services (especially Jill and MJ); Bastion Place (especially Jillian and Bob); Chris and Brady from the Hospital Pharmacy; Shuswap Hospice Society (especially Barb and Judy); Shuswap Lake General Hospital (especially the palliative care unit); Arbor Lodge (she loved the food and the giant sunflowers); Kelowna Cancer Clinic and the volunteers that drove her from Salmon Arm; The pharmacy staff at the Salmon Arm Shoppers Drug Mart; The staff at the original Askew’s; The ambulance attendants; The many online writers, friends and neighbors who supported her in battle with cancer and who volunteered to assist her in her daily life.
A Thankful Pause
As I was trudging, somewhat lost,
through splats of mud that life had tossed,
a tiny whisper fluttered near
and dropped its message in my ear.
“Did you give thanks today?” it said.
I paused a moment, scratched my head.
All day I’d worried, sulked and whined;
complaints had occupied my mind.
I’d watched my plans deflate and wilt,
but now I felt a twinge of guilt.
I know I should consider more
the things that I am thankful for. . .
The faces that I love so much,
the moments left for me to touch.
It’s time to give my frowns a rest,
and count the many ways I’m blessed!
Online condolences can be sent through Lee’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com
Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.