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Melva Lee


Melva L. Lee, 96, Iola, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at Allen County Regional Hospital.
Melva was born June 4, 1917, on a farm east of Paola, the daughter of Earnest F. and Johanna (Libutzky) Bergman. She grew up in Iola and graduated from Iola High School and Iola Junior College.
On Jan. 28, 1938, Melva married George W. Lee. They made their home in Iola. She joined the Methodist Church at age 12 and was involved in the church’s activities and groups throughout the years. Organizations she belonged to included the Jefferson PTA, Harmony Homemakers, Current Events Club and a bridge club. Melva and George enjoyed camping and belonged to the Trailhounds and ’76 Wheelers. She also worked several years as a secretary for the Ralph Moser Agency. George preceded her in death Dec. 30, 2006.
She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.
Survivors include one son, Dr. Vernon Lee and wife Karen, Iola; one daughter, Janice Daniel and husband Rodney, Olathe; one sister, Frances Snodgrass, Toledo, Ohio; one sister-in-law, Betty Stark, Wagoner, Okla.; four grandchildren, Todd Daniel and wife Becca, Andrea Carley and husband John, Brendan Lee and wife Katrina, and Heather Schwenk and husband Mat; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wesley United Methodist Church, Iola. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery, Iola.
Memorials can be made to Wesley United Methodist Church and left with Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel, Iola.
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