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Aycock, Eleonora (Lee) Pauw

On Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, Eleonora (Lee) Pauw Aycock passed away peacefully at her home in Vernon, B.C. after a brief battle with cancer.

Lee is survived by her five children, Burl, Bill, Bob, Zan and Elizabeth; 11 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Haley West Aycock in 1991.

Lee’s life was filled with adventure, discovery and accomplishment. She was born in The Netherlands in 1921. In 1926, the Pauw family emigrated to Canada and, shortly thereafter, settled in Seattle, Washington.

Always one to get involved, Lee enlisted in the armed services during the Second World War and it was in the service that she met Haley whom she eventually married in 1948.

This is when life’s real adventures began. In between giving birth to and raising five energetic children, Haley’s plans for Lee included cattle ranching in Florida, Texas, northern British Columbia and southern Alberta as well as deep-sea fishing in Washington, California and the Grand Cayman Island. Wherever they were, Lee and Haley made a happy and loving home for their children.

As soon as the youngest of the children was off to university, Haley and Lee purchased a motorhome and spent three years traveling this great country.

They retired to Texas (Haley’s birthplace) where they were lucky to have spent many years with family and friends golfing, fishing and racing horses. Lee was particularly proud of her participation as a founder, actress and director with the Hill Country Community Theatre, theatre being one of her great loves, in Marble Falls, Texas.

Lee recently moved back to Vernon, B.C. to be closer to her children. The combination of Haley’s passion for adventure and Lee’s love of music and theatre presented an exciting and exceptional lifestyle that enriched many lives. Lee will be missed and fondly remembered by her family and many friends.

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