LAVERY, Leila Ann (nee WAKLEY) - Leila died peacefully on July 20, 2021 at Scarborough Birchmount Hospital, Toronto.
She struggled for the past five years from dementia and fractures, and the family appreciates all the care and support she received from a number of wonderful staff at all the health and care facilities.
She was born July 23, 1931 in Rosseau, Ontario, the cherished daughter of Freta Mae Wakley (nee Grenkie) and Thomas William Wakley, and passed away just 3 days short of 90 years.
Lifelong Torontonians, Leila and her much loved husband Glenn began going steady when she was in grade 9 at Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute and they were married on July 24, 1953.
Saturday will be their 68th wedding anniversary. She was dearly loved by children Janice Lavery (Dave Hubbarde) and Rob Lavery (Robert Amaral).
Leila was predeceased by brother Ronald Wakley and his wife Shirley; survived by niece Elaine Matheson, cousins Ed and Doug Grenkie, brother-in-law Doug Lavery, their families and many other relatives. Leila began her work life as a teacher at Armour Heights Public School.
Lee's faith was very important to her and when she and Glenn started their family, she became a very active member of Knox United Church, Agincourt serving on many committees.
During her cottage years at Chandos Lake, she also joined the congregation at Apsley United Church.
She was devoted to maintaining contact with many circles of friends for decades, beginning with her sorority from Lawrence Park CI, friends from Farmerette camp, her longtime membership in UofT's Engineers' Wives, and her Honoury Lifetime Membership in UCW (United Church Women), a group that was the source of many close friendships over the years.
She also cherished her role as 'neighbour-Lee' to the LaRush family. Her community spirit and love of family will be missed by all who knew her and called her a friend.
A private family service will be held at a later date.