Date of BirthJuly 04, 1920

Joyce Lee Obituary

Date of BirthJuly 04, 1920

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Date of PassingOctober 29, 2013

Joyce Lee Obituary

from Tucson, Idaho, United States

LeeJuly 4, 1920 - October 29, 2913Joyce Irene Gilham Lee passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2013 in Lewiston, Idaho, after a short illness. She was born on July 4, 1920 in Deer Lodge, Montana, the third of four children of Roy B. and Irene S. Gilham. She always enjoyed having her birthday on this special patriotic day. When she was four years old, the family moved to Lewistown, Montana, as her father was an engineer for the Milwaukee Railroad. She graduated from Fergus County High School in 1938. After high school, she moved to Butte, Montana, and lived with her grandmother and later with her sister, Norma, as she entered the workforce and worked at KGIR radio. She always had fond memories of working at the radio station and for her boss, Ed Craney, the radio station pioneer who established the first radio station in Butte.On July 13, 1947, Joyce married Charles P. Lee in Butte. They welcomed Charles Jr. into the family, then another son, Steven, and a daughter, Cheryl.Joyce was always active in her community. She was a member of the OES, Ruth Chapter #2 in Butte, and received her 50 year membership pin a few years ago. In 1955 she joined the women's organization, PEO International. She served 2 terms as president for Chapter AL in Butte and the highlight of her term was attending the International Convention in Washington, D.C. and touring the White House right after Jackie Kennedy had redecorated it. She later became a member of Chapter BA in Pocatello. In 2005 at the Idaho State PEO convention she was among those honored for her 50 years of membership. She was active in many bridge clubs. She served as den mother for the Cub Scouts. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church.In 1963, the family moved to Pocatello, Idaho. She belonged to the Newcomers Club, various bridge clubs, active in Pocatello Country Club events and she served as a precinct voting official during her time there.In 1981, Joyce and Charles retired to Tucson, Arizona, where they enjoyed the warmer weather and kept active with hikes in the Sonoran desert with Nature Club and traveling. Mr. Lee passed away in August of 1992. Joyce remained in Tucson and kept active with swimming, bicycling and was active in the local chapter of the Society of Military Widows. In 2007, she moved to Clarkston, Washington, to be near family.Joyce was a gourmet cook and always enjoyed cooking new and different dishes. She was also a big sports fan and enjoyed attending and cheering for the local teams including the Butte High Bulldogs, the Idaho State Bengals, the Arizona Wildcats and the Lewis-Clark State College Warriors. She always enjoyed musical programs and loved attending the "Sing-a-longs" at the Eagles and Elks in Lewiston.She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her son, Charles Jr., her brother, John, and her sister, Norma. She is survived by her son, Steven of Clarkston, Washington, and her daughter, Cheryl (Dennis) Vick of Sula, Montana. She is also survived her brother, Roy (Diana) of California, and her brother-in-law, Ray H. Lee (Carole) of Virginia; nieces, Janice Gilham of California, Judy Gilham of Montana, Deidra Fuller of Montana, Carol Minick of Wyoming, Beth Marshall of California, and Jennifer Roelke of Virginia, and by nephews, Christopher Lee of Hong Kong and David Lee of Virginia.
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~ Steven Arevalo ~

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