Clarice "Irene" Lee
Mar 16, 2009 - Mar 16, 2009
Clarice “Irene” Lee fought her final war with pain and went home to be with our Lord on March 14, 2009. She fought the good fight, finished her race and kept the faith.
She was born in Oilton, Oklahoma on February 9, 1925. Her family moved to Midwest, Wyoming when she was a young girl. She was an avid student and graduated from Midwest High School in 1943. During World War II, she worked in a cannery in California and the chemistry lab at the gas plant in Midwest. On April 11, 1946 she married her high school sweetheart, Neil “Bun” Lee after he returned from his service in the Navy during World War II. They lived in Midwest until they moved their family to Riverton, Wyoming in 1961. Irene made Riverton her home for the next 43 years. She loved Riverton and her many friends. She enjoyed working at Woolworths and as a dental assistant for many of those years. She moved to Fort Collins, Colorado in 2005.
Irene loved people and was always finding ways to help others. She was a member of the Good Samaritan Church in Fort Collins and the First Baptist Church of Riverton, Wyoming. She served in teaching, mentoring and leading college students at First Baptist Church in Riverton and also taught a Bible study at the Good Samaritan retirement center in Fort Collins. In spite of her own difficulties, she always reached out to others to make them comfortable, to share what she had and to tell them about what God was doing in her life.
Irene loved the out of doors. Fishing for trout on a mountain lake or stream brought her great pleasure. And she was very good at it. The trout didn’t have a chance! Irene loved to work in her garden and with her flowers. She also loved her geese, donkeys, horse and dogs. She enjoyed her friends and was always creating a new adventure for them. Irene also loved the Dubois cabin that she and her husband (Bun) built.
A highlight of Irene’s life and legacy are her children, Gary Lee and wife Montana of Farmington, New Mexico; Carl Lee and wife Marcia of Fort Collins and Sandy Becker and husband Bob of Fort Collins; nine grand children and fourteen great grand children. Irene’s sister, Velva Mattix, lives in Mesa Arizona.
She is preceded in death by her husband Neil Lee, her brothers Alvin and Dean Tomberlin, her parents Forrest and Edna Tomberlin, her aunt Ethel Warnock, her daughter in law Carol Lee and her mother and father in law, Ruby and Roy Lee.
Memorial services will be at the Good Samaritan Retirement Village, 508 West Trilby Rd., Fort Collins at 2:00pm Wednesday, March 18. There will be a viewing on Thursday, March 19, from 5 – 7 pm at Davis Funeral Home in Riverton and a service on Friday at 10 am at First Baptist Church, Riverton. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton.