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LEILA MARION CLARK (published on September 20, 2008)



LEILA MARION CLARK (nee Adley) Lea passed away September 18, 2008. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Lea and Ken were married for 63 years. She is lovingly missed by her daughter Diane and her husband Denny, her son Derek and Blanche and her grandchildren Brett, Cathy and Heather. She will be missed by her extended family and friends in Canada and New Zealand and by close friends such at the 40+ year Bridge Club. Lea was born on March 18, 1919 in Winnipeg Manitoba and attended St. Mary's Academy with her sister Eileen. Lea carried many of the teachings of the nuns throughout her life - such as the difference between Can and May. One cold day they were outside for recess and wanted to go inside. The Sisters said Of course you could go in so we ran and just as we arrived at the door, she said but you may not. Lea was basically a businesswoman. When Lea and Ken were in Australia, she was private secretary to Sir John Crawford, Vice Chancellor, Australian National University. Back home in Canada, Lea worked as a paralegal and then as executive secretary for the Manitoba Deputy Minister of Finance. Lea was a life long member of Girl Guides. She started in Guiding as a girl and was already a Guider when she met Ken in 1943. She continued as a Guider in Canada and Australia, introducing not only Diane but hundreds of girls to the many opportunities through Guiding. As Provincial Commissioner for Guides in Manitoba in the 1970s she travelled to many places throughout the province. In 1982, the National Council of Canada awarded her The Beaver. Lea had a passion and curiosity about life and along with Ken they travelled to many countries, making friends along the way and continuing to revisit those friends throughout their life. These travels took them to New Zealand (where their daughter and son were born), to Australia, Europe, Asia, India and South Africa. These were usually a combination of work, pleasure and visits with family and friends. An example of Lea's interests and business abilities were shown following a trip to Lesotho in Africa. Lea was showing slides of the trip and the Lesotho children to Brownies, Guides and their leaders which showed the need for clothes for the children. Out of this there came a huge donation of clothes from around the province which were then sent to Lesotho and distributed to the children through the mountain schools. Lea continued with many of these volunteer interests following her retirement. She served two terms as a member of the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards committee. The family wish to thank Dr. F. Salem for his kindness and counsel and the doctors and nurses of the Emergency Dept. of Victoria General Hospital, in particular the 4th Floor staff. There will be a service of remembrance at Westminster United Church, at the corner of Maryland and Westminster, on Saturday, September 20th at 4:00 p.m. Chapel Lawn 885-9715


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