Unexpectedly at the Saint John Regional Hospital, Saint John NB on January 19, 2020, Elinor “Joan” (Matthews) Lee, wife of Sheldon A. Lee of Bonny River NB.
Born in L’Etete NB on June 16, 1932, she was a daughter of the late Russell and Lillias Matthews. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, in addition to her husband Sheldon, Joan is survived by her son: Terry (Brenda) Lee of Bonny River NB; daughters: Wanda (Doug) Harrison of Nasonworth NB and Lynn (Paul) Orser of Rothesay NB; five grandchildren: Eric Orser of Rothesay NB, Hugh Orser (Lindsay) of Quispamsis NB, Tammy (Blair) Huntley of Alberta, Angela (Greg) Tufts of Saint John NB and Taylor Lee of Bonny River NB; four great-grandchildren: Nicholas, Jacob, Lilly and Georgia; two sisters: Barbara Taylor of St. George NB and Patricia Matthews of L’Etete NB; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, Joan was predeceased by one sister: Eunice Matthews.
Prior to retirement, Joan once worked as a telephone operator and also
was a school teacher at the Lawrence Station School. She was an animal lover
who enjoyed quilting, knitting and tending to her garden and was a member of a
local gardening club. She spent many years supporting her husband, Sheldon, in
local politics and she was often referred to as the “resident political
analyst.” Joan was active in her community and was a member of the L’Etete
Church of Christ as well as being on the Ladies Auxiliary of the Bonny River
Fire Department. Her love, support, determination and friendship will be sadly
missed by her loving family and numerous friends.
Arrangements in the care of the St. George Funeral Home (755-3533) 26 Portage Street, St. George NB. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at the St. George Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday at 2:00 pm with Rev. Greg Card officiating. Immediately following the service, a reception will be held at the Bonny River Fire Hall. In Joan’s memory, donations to Charlotte County Cancer or to a charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by the family. Online donations and condolences may be placed at www.stgeorgefh.ca