Varnum, “Lee” Flora Catherine Osano

VARNUM young wVARNUM WSeptember 1, 1924 – August 10, 2013
at the age of 88 years

Lee Varnum passed away at Piccadilly Care Centre on August 10, 2013, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.  She was 88 years old.
Lee was born on a fishing boat off Prince Rupert, BC on September 1, 1924.  As a Preemie, she was kept warm in the warming oven of the boat’s stove.
She was schooled in Mt.Lehman and Abbotsford.  Despite her small stature, she played basketball and softball in both high school and in the RCAF women’s leagues.
She served in the air force from 1943 – 1946 and worked aircraft maintenance.  She reenlisted in 1951 and served a term.
In 1961 she married Clarence Varnum and together they ran a motel in Valleyview, Alberta.  Lee was also a “postie” in the Valleyview area, as well as later in Westbank, BC.
Later in life, she discovered travel and visited many countries with her buddy Shirley.
Lee was predeceased by her parents, her husband Clarence, her brother Philip and his wife Helen, and her nephew Eddie.
She is survived by her sister Marjorie (Dirk) Isotalo of Mt. Vernon, WA and by cousins and nephews.
A special thanks to all the staff at Piccadilly Care Centre who were always kind and gentle with her, even when she was not appreciative.
There will be no service by her request.  Interment of cremated remains will be in Abbotsford, BC at a later date.


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