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Funeral: 2:00PM
Tuesday 23rd February 2016 at Tobin Bros Reflections of Life Chapel, 816 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster, VIC

After the funeral, refreshments will be served at the same location.

Tobin Brothers - Doncaster Ph (03) 9840 1155



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ja kyoung
March 11th, 2016 at 5:47 pm

보고싶다... 언제나 생각날것 같아...

Tony Lee
February 25th, 2016 at 2:09 pm

*This is a transcript of the Lee Family's tribute at Sammy's service, delivered by James' brother, Tony)* When I first met Sammy, she was so shy and quiet … but I knew that there was so much more to this beautiful woman that had captured my brother’s heart. You sometimes meet people in life who seem to be surrounded by an aura - a hazy, soft, bright, subtle light. You instantly know that they have a good soul. Sammy had a gentle and delicate way about her and my memories of her, my impression of her always seemed to have that spectrum surrounding her. Perhaps it's the way she spoke, the way she moved, the little ways she helped our family to get along with things. Her love of animals, the way she gravitated towards the cute and kawaii in everything - her clothing, her accessories, her spirit. She was a light sprite. A kind and beautiful person. Her way was always to make the lowest impact on the environment around her, never making a fuss, thinking of others and never drawing attention to herself - and coming from a very loud, very large family, the role she played enabled her to fit in the way she wanted to. At the family dinner table, she seemed to be playing her own quiet symphony in her mind amongst a cacophony of voices. And then, all of a sudden, like a magician, she would reveal her great gifts at the dinner table. She was such an amazing chef - and she had a particular flair for desserts. At the table she would reveal out of nowhere an assortment of the most delectable sweets - Korean cookies, french pastries, cute fluffy cupcakes, macarons, and "ninjabread" men. which were my particular favourite. Amongst the bitter sibling rivalries that sometimes exists in my family, Sammy literally brought a sweetness to proceedings. We will miss her calming presence at family get togethers and the resulting sugar rush from the treats she offered. She was an aunt that was admired by her nephews and nieces, they had some great times together baking and playing together. Sammy was a wonderful daughter-in-law to my parents. Kind and always happy to volunteer to do the little things - like the dishes - a subject of much debate in our household full of boys. Mum would sometimes say to me proudly she’s such a good girl. But most of all, she was the best kind of sister-in-law - because she ardently looked after my little brother and he in kind, looked after her. The way they would look at each other, hold each other and talk secretly to one another - this was a couple in love. It was sometimes easy to forget they were married for so long because they still treated one another like it was their first months of dating. You could see it in the glint in their eyes, they'd giggle like giddy teenagers passing private jokes with a look or a nod or a gesture. I loved seeing them so happy together. In her final years, it was evident that Sammy harnessed every fibre of the love she had to give in her husband and her craft. And my brother cherished her, supported her and nurtured her through this. The home they rented together was a testimony to Sammy’s duality - her artistic spirit and her inner turmoil - there was toy fluff and fabric and equipment all over the place, but in and amongst the clutter - you’d find a perfect creation. A jar of jam so pure and sweet that it could have been bought from a provincial farmhouse. A soft toy made with such loving care, hand painted, hand stitched - a perfect piece of serenity. Visiting her at her Toy Stall at Christmas with my nephew and niece was the first time I had seen these toys, and I was so proud of her. My brother was bursting with pride. She was happy. So yes, Sammy was a quiet and kind person - an artistic, introverted soul who in spite of her struggle, always put on a brave face to the world who delighted in her contributions. Sammy may not have wanted to be the centre of attention, but in this life, she has left a lasting impression in ways that we can know and in ways we can’t possibly know. I like to think that the toys that she made, like the ones available for you today are accelerating imaginations and providing that calm comfort to a generation of people who will never know the makers face, but will feel her love with every hug. Sammy, as a family we may not have shown you enough about how we felt about you, but we want you to know that you were loved and you will forever be in our hearts. Be in peace.

Rod and Jo
February 23rd, 2016 at 1:31 pm

We will miss you Sammy. Sorry we will not be there to say goodbye in person. Our thoughts are with you James, and your family, during this trying time.

Big Aunty family, Calgary, Canada
February 23rd, 2016 at 9:42 am

Sammy, may your soul find comfort and you rest in peace. James... our hearts break for you, and know that your family from Canada are with you through this difficult time. Our door are always open if you need time away from Melbourne.

Kevin & Eun Kyung
February 22nd, 2016 at 9:47 pm

Sammy, our hearts break for you but we know you now can rest in peace. Thank you for always sharing your lovely smile and delicious pastries with us. We will miss your sense of humour and the moments we spent together. Love Kevin, Eun Kyung and Mason. xoxoxo

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