My beloved wife, partner and friend, Lee Fowler, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 12, surrounded by her family. She lived a rich, full life in her 54 years, and refused let cancer dominate any portion of it. That is the message she’d want to have shared.
On behalf of myself, Devon and Elizabeth, please accept our sincere thanks to everyone who shared their support and love over the past few years. Lee was taken care of by an astoundingly large group of friends, and it made her world a joyful one right up until her last days.
It was an honor and a privilege to be the person that Lee chose to love and be with these past 31 years, and I will cherish each and every one of those moments.
A copy of her official obituary is below:
Elizabeth Lee Fowler, March 9, 1959 – July 12, 2013.
Elizabeth Lee Fowler passed away peacefully in her Portland home on July 12, 2013, surrounded by her family.
Lee was born in Florence, S.C., the second child of Nathan and Margaret Fowler. She graduated from Florence High School in 1977, and in 1983 received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Suffolk University in Boston. In August 1984, she married Rick LePage, and they had two children, Devon Joseph LePage and Elizabeth Anne LePage. They lived in Milford, Mass. and Walnut Creek, Calif., before settling in Portland permanently in early 2000.
A nationally recognized quilt artist, Lee loved any challenging project that involved fabric, yarn, paper, found objects and more. A natural teacher, she traveled the West for years, teaching quilting to hundreds of people. At home, Lee would often be found in her basement studio, happily working on quilts and other sewing or art projects, or quilting on her long-arm quilting machine for herself, friends and clients.
Lee loved to travel and was an avid hiker. She enjoyed nothing more than a day with friends on a trail in the Columbia River Gorge or elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest. Her passion for the outdoors culminated in two-week backpacking trip along the first stretch of the Appalachian Trail in 2007 with her friend Vivienne Moore.
Above all else, Lee adored her family, her home and garden, and the many friends who provided much love and comfort throughout her long illness. She lived life to the fullest, and refused to let her illness define her. She was an inspiration to all who knew her.
Lee is survived by her husband Rick, and children, Devon and Elizabeth, all of Portland; her mother, Margaret Fowler, of Florence, S.C.; sister Anne Fowler Black, of Fort Mill, S.C.; and brother Nathan Fowler, Jr., of Greenville, S.C.
A celebration of Lee’s life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on August 4 at the Laurelhurst Club, 3721 SE Ankeny Street, in Portland. In lieu of flowers, Lee requested that a donation be made in her name to The Friends of the Columbia Gorge (www.gorgefriends.org) or the Leiomyosarcoma Direct Research Foundation (www.lmsdr.org).