elevated QM3TL Beatrice Merry Lee, 83, a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully on December 31, 2021. Beatrice was born on November 10th, 1938 in Guangzhou, China. After completing elementary school there, she moved to Hong Kong Island in 1948 with her parents. In Hong Kong, she attended St. Mary Canossian School and began teaching adult school courses there until her high school graduation in 1958. Afterwards, she spent 27 years (1963 – 1990) at her alma mater teaching English, mathematics, Catholic religion, and physical education for elementary school students while serving as the tester and commissioner for the Girl Scouts. She even ran the 4 x 100 meter relay and swam across the bay from Hong Kong to Kowloon, attesting to her vibrancy and lively energy.
elevated QM3TL In 1953, she was baptized as Catholic, and just ten years later in 1963 met her husband Sammy Lee Kui Lam at a dance party, as they both loved to dance and enjoyed festivities. Sammy and Beatrice married on December 26th, 1964. They loved to attend dancing parties and travel the world.
elevated QM3TL Beatrice and Sammy have two daughters, Susanna and Rosanna Lee, who remember her as a selfless and caring mother, always thinking and ready to do what is best for her daughters without being asked. While Beatrice worried about Rosanna academically as a young child, she always believed in Rosanna’s efforts and continuously supported her daughter in many ways. When Rosanna began working at Deloitte after college, Beatrice and Sammy were worried she may not have professional attire to wear and gifted Rosanna many suits. Beatrice and Sammy always supported Susanna’s decisions when choosing a university, major, and career. Although strict, Beatrice is remembered as a greatly caring mother and taught her daughters to put their best efforts into whatever they do. Beatrice is also remembered for the lovely sweaters and dresses she made for Susanna and Rosanna when they were young. To this day, Susanna and Rosanna still treasure these handmade items from their mom.
elevated QM3TL In 1990, Beatrice and Sammy moved to Toronto, Canada where she continued to teach in the subjects of Chinese and mathematics until her retirement at age 65. In 2017, she moved to Mon Sheong Scarborough senior home due to dementia, and on December 31st, 2021 at 5:50 AM, she passed away a couple days after her 57th wedding anniversary with Sammy.
elevated QM3TL Beatrice is survived by her husband of 57 years, daughters and sons-in-law: Susanna Lee and Daniel Lo, Rosanna Lee and Vincent Chung, and four granddaughters: Caitlin and Jacqueline Lo, and Ellen and Esther Chung. Beatrice remains in our hearts as an exuberant and loving wife, mother, and grandmother.
elevated QM3TL Funeral service will take place at the Holy Cross Funeral Home in Toronto, on Thursday, Jan 6, 2022, at 12:00PM EST. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, visitation will be private and funeral service will be web streamed: Please click here to View Service
Po Po’s Gone To Heaven
In my rose garden of memories,
I see you standing there
An angel in disguise
Standing hand in hand
With your parents,
And all of those who have gone before.
You beam down on me,
Shedding tears that
And keep the flowers of memories alive.
Gradually, the scorched, cracked petals
Revive and heal
Together, the grief will shed.
elevated QM3TL The family would deeply appreciate that friends and relatives make donations in support of the Mon Sheong Foundation, especially the Scarborough Long-Term Care Center, in memory and honor of Beatrice. To make a donation, please follow this link: http://www.monsheong.org/donate-now.