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SPENCE LEE SWANDER
LEE SWANDER SPENCE
Lee Swander Spence (formerly Lee Pappas) of Chagrin Falls died on August 16, 2009, at the age of 57.
Lee Loughry Swander was born on January 22, 1952, and began her career in the travel industry in 1970 as a travel agent for a small agency in Pepper Pike, Ohio. She later opened her own agency, Falls Travel Service, Inc. in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, in 1986. In 1996, Lee sold her agency and continued working as an independent travel consultant, creating many boutique travel companies.
Lee married Chris Taki Pappas on June 22, 1974. She was a three-time cancer survivor, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 25 and again at the age of 32. She remained cancer-free until the age of 48 when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She was the author of a yet unpublished memoir and inspirational guide for those living with cancer tentatively titled "Dying to Live." Throughout her life, Lee inspired many with her entrepreneurial spirit, eternally optimistic attitude and promotion of various cancer research charities.
Lee was predeceased by her parents, Floranell Hampton and Richard Loughry; adoptive father, Robert Fulton Swander; sister. Faye Shaffer; and husband, Chris Taki Pappas. Lee is survived by her daughter, Kimberly Lee Pappas; son, Thomas Taki Spence; sister, Judith Giltz; brother, Hampton Loughry; brother, William Faber; stepson, Christopher Spence; granddaughter, Linden Spence; nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements will be handled by Stroud-Lawrence Funeral Home.
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