A farewell

elizabeth-lee-fowlerMy 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).

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It’s been a over a month and a half since I posted that the kitchen was finished. I can’t believe it’s been that long already! We are still getting used to our new kitchen, still finding the best places for everything, and still figuring out the best way to use the space. We love it needless to say. I am very happy with most of my design choices, the lights, the countertops, the paint colors, the tiles, even the knobs. The kitchen looks exactly like I pictured it in my mind. One of the choices Rick and I are super happy with is the decision to put glass fronts in two of the cabinets so that we could showcase the Jadite collection. It breaks up the biggest stretch of cabinets and adds that pop of color. Here are a couple of pictures.

Jadite was so inexpensive when I started collecting it back in college. Plates used to cost a quarter or maybe fifty cents! Nowadays, I can’t afford to buy it. Martha Stewart made it popular back in the nineties and the prices just soared. And then the company that used to make it started reproducing it. So now you have to be careful that you are buying the original stuff, not the new stuff. I’m thankful I was ahead of the curve for once and amassed my collection way back when. It’s funny that when it used to cost next to nothing, we used it all the time. These were our everyday dishes. Now that the collection is worth more, it’s just for show. Crazy. And a special shout out to my Aunt Happy for the new pieces. What a lovely kitchen warming present!



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The kitchen is finally finished.

Everything looks exactly like I imagined it. I’m happy with all my choices: lamps, countertop materials, hardware, paint color, tiles, just everything. I need to send a major shout out to our kitchen designer, Rebecca of Alight Design, who did a wonderful job. Her design provided us with an efficient, roomy layout, with a great flow. And we could not have picked a better contractor. Cascade Contracting is a great firm that does quality work. I was so impressed with the guys who are full-time employees, and the subs they used were all fantastic. I would recommend them in a minute.

I am looking forward to having my house to myself again, but there is a part of me who will miss all the fellas. Nolan, José, Eric, Max, and Dennis. Thanks so very much.

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We have paint!

We’re almost there! The paint went up this past week, in the kitchen and the dining room, and the old fridge went out to the garage. The color, Sumatra, looks wonderful throughout both rooms, especially with the morning light.

We’re still waiting for the cabinet and drawer fronts, and there’s a problem with the range — which will hopefully get resolved on Monday — but the end is in sight.

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closing in

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!!! They put in the pendant lights over the peninsula today and they look great. It seems like ages since I picked out the lights and the tiles and the counter top materials and to finally see it all together is so gratifying. I’ve second guessed myself a bit since then, hoping that everything works the way I pictured it in my head and I have to say that I think I nailed it. The only other things I’m waiting to see are the wall color and the knobs and drawer pulls.

Tomorrow the paint color goes up on the walls so I’ll have pictures of that and you can see what you think. On Wednesday, the cabinet doors and hardware goes up. And on Thursday, we should have the final walk through. I can’t believe we are finally at the end. I’m still just in awe of the whole thing and can’t believe this is really my house. I wonder how long it will take this feeling to wear off? I hope it lasts a long time.

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