MESSINGER, Marcella (Lee)
April 19, 1938 - June 2, 2014
Predeceased by son Jim on June 2, 2005
Lee, as she was most commonly known, was a loving, devoted and proud mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved all her extended family and friends, and kept track of and in touch with all from her recent great-grandbabe to the most distant or elderly. Born in Creston BC, she spent her early years in the Kootenays, Victoria and Vancouver where she attended and graduated from Gladstone Secondary. Immediately after graduation she joined the Canadian Air Force where she served in Quebec, Ontario and France from 1956 to 1960. She moved back to Canada and had three children, living in Toronto and Calgary and then back to Vancouver where she settled and raised her kids on her own. Always a hard worker as a paralegal and conveyancing secretary, she also attained her Bachelor's degree from SFU, which she was immensely proud of and the first of any female in her family to do. A fearless adventurer throughout her life she travelled to several parts of the world including: Equador, Thailand, Jamaica, Mexico, Hawaii, the UK and Ireland; and made many road trips across Canada and the United States frequently on her own, camping and collecting information for the genealogy book she wrote. In 2009 Lee travelled to London Ontario, for the RCAF Airwomen's Reunion. She was fiercely independent, liked to keep up on world events, loved music and exotic foods and was an avid reader of all subjects. In her retirement she lived at the Kiwanis Towers and spent hundreds of hours organizing, indexing and contributing material to the communal library. She was also a key figure in the social club where she organized celebratory events besides Christmas and Thanksgiving like Robbie Burns Day (haggis anyone) and St. Patrick's Day (wearing of the green). She once organized a boat cruise and a cultural restaurant outing. She had a large collection of VHS/DVDs and started movie nights, and then there was Friday night bingo. Lee lived with type 1 diabetes for 47 years. It aged her inside and over the last year her health declined but that didn't stop her from going to her granddaughter's wedding in Winnipeg last September. Sadly soon after she was diagnosed with breast cancer for which she underwent surgery, and then lost the use of her legs. That led to falls and landed her in Lions Gate Hospital where she spent her last three months. There she became dependent on others, this we believe broke her spirit. She was an amazing person and a lovely lady who will be forever loved and missed! The UBC Body Donor Program is thankful for her generosity and appreciates her far- sighted attitude toward science and the importance of medical research. There will be no memorial service at this time. Her ashes will be scattered in her requested location at a later date. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Lee's memory to the JDRF.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from June 7 to June 8, 2014