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Elizabeth A. Lee

April 19, 1909 - February 23, 2014

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Elizabeth A. Lee
1909 – 2014
Tarkio, Missouri


Elizabeth A. “Bettie” Lee, the daughter of Adolph and Lettie (Wackenhut) Eisen, was born April 19, 1909, in Detroit, Michigan. She attended Detroit Schools, graduating in 1927. She then attended two years at Bonstelle School of Fine Arts in Detroit, graduating with an Associate’s degree, and one year at Wayne University studying business. After college, Bettie was employed as a buyer for Hudson Department Store in Detroit.


On November 9, 1933, Bettie was united in marriage to James Robert Lee at her parent’s home in Detroit. They made their home in Detroit and Long Island, New York. James and Bettie started many churches, church schools and later a home for seniors in the Cambridge and Cooperstown, New York, areas where Bettie served as co-administrator. At her home in Long Island, she introduced Kagawa, one of the greatest Christian Leaders in Japan, to area ministers, their wives and missionaries. James passed away November 14, 1985. Bettie retired in South Wardsboro, Vermont, in 1975, and in 1993, Bettie moved to Tarkio, Missouri, to live closer to her son, David. Bettie passed away Sunday, February 23, 2014, at her home in Tarkio, at the age of 104.


Bettie was a member of the Tarkio Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Women, Garden Club and Book Club. Bettie served as president of the Church Women United in Long Island and Cambridge, New York, and the Hill and Valley Unit in Vermont. She served on the merger committee of the United Presbyterian Women when the United Presbyterian Church merged with the Presbyterian Church.


Bettie was known as “Mrs. Kind and Loving,” and loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed playing bridge, sewing and cross-stitching crafts, quilting and growing African violets and roses in her garden. Bettie received an award from Early American Society for her quilting.


Besides her parents and husband, Bettie was preceded in death by son, Richard James Lee, January 3, 2014; brother, Robert Eisen; and sister, Marguerite Eisen. Survivors include son, David Robert Lee and wife, Linda, Tarkio; daughter-in-law, Joanna Lee, Salem, New York; five grandchildren, Peter Lee, Sharon Ernst, Michael Lee, Kim Coughlin and Darin Lee; nine great-grandchildren, Billy, Katie, Erin, P.J., Rylinn, Sawyer, Asher, Natalie and Patrick.


Memorial Service: 11:00 A.M., Friday, February 28, 2014, Tarkio Presbyterian Church.
Inurnment: Home Cemetery, Tarkio.
The family will receive friends 10:00-11:00 A.M., prior to the service, Friday, at Tarkio Presbyterian Church.
Memorials: Tarkio Presbyterian Church or Tarkio Nutrition Center
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Services: Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.