Iris Caton Lees of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully at age 84 on January 27, 2019. Iris was born on June 14,1934 in New Bern, NC, the eleventh of twelve children born to Lizzie and Noah Caton. She moved to Jacksonville in 1952.
Iris was proud of her 34 years of service at Prudential Insurance Co. She was always active in her church and community. She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church choir, the Council of Catholic Women and Church Women United. Iris was a life member of the Jacksonville Beaches Woman’s Club, was a voting precinct manager; she served as a parliamentarian for many local organizations and volunteered at the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish tournament. She loved to travel; she was always a champion for her friends and family and loved to laugh.
Iris was preceded in death by her husband, John Lees; brothers, William Caton, Jack Caton, Edward Caton, Irving Caton, Joe Caton and Bobby Caton; and sisters, Mary Rowe, Emma Belangia, Nancy Martin and Vivian Godfree. She is survived by brother, Jesse Caton; daughter, Elizabeth Dallas; grandson, Michael Dallas; granddaughter-in-law, Theresa Dallas and beloved great granddaughter, Sophia Dallas. She is survived by a large group of nieces and nephews and many friends.
Family and friends are invited to attend her visitation and rosary on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Quinn-Shalz Family Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 4, 2019 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church located at 224 5th Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL with Reverend William Kelly as celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice at https://www.communityhospice.com/give.