Alicia M. Stanley-Zahn

Obituary
  • "Lee will be forever missed. I cherished her smile, sense of..."
    - Laura Clark

Alicia "Lee" Stanley-Zahn, 96, passed away on September 4, 2018, after a brief illness. She was home in Pismo Beach, California, surrounded by loved ones. Born in May of 1922, the daughter of Joseph and Mae Langdon of Chicago, Illinois, Lee was the youngest of five sisters, Josephine, Margaret, Mary Ann and Katherine Langdon, all who have preceded her in death. She married John aka "Jack" F. Stanley in 1943. She worked as a welder at the war plant in Chicago, and was proud to say her work welding had helped to build the Burma Road, during WWII. Lee was widowed suddenly in 1964. As a young widow with two daughters, Susan, aged 9, and Mary, aged 5, Lee moved from Chicago, Illinois, to Granada Hills, California. In 1972, she moved her family to Santa Barbara, California. Lee worked doing book- keeping for several businesses. She had a passion for the arts, and especially enjoyed interior design. She loved renovating homes, and brought her flair for color and decor into each home she lived in. Lee studied to earn a Real Estate license, and worked for Century 21 Real Estate in Santa Barbara. In 1987, Lee moved to Pismo Beach, California, where she was joined by her daughter, Susan, and her granddaughter, Teresa. She worked for Key Real Estate as a property manager. In 1989, Lee married a long-time friend, Raymond Zahn. Lee and Raymond spent twenty happy years together, but, sadly he succumbed to Pancreatic Cancer in 2009. Alicia continued to live independently in her own home. She was a witty, intelligent, creative woman, who maintained an amazing sense of humor, no matter what life presented her. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her, and is known best for her saying, "Love is all there is." Alicia is survived by her nephew, Arthur Buckley of Chicago, Illinois; her daughters: Susan Tucker and Mary Ungefug; son-in-law, Randy; and four loving grandchildren: Teresa Black, and Christina, Nicholas, and Katherine Ungefug. Her legacy of love and devotion to family will not soon be forgotten. A simple graveside service will be held at 2:30 pm, Friday, September 14th. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Wilshire Hospice of San Luis Obispo.
Published in San Luis Obispo County Tribune on Sept. 13, 2018