Elva Lee


November 1, 2012 - 12:00 AM

Elva Lorraine Lee died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Chanute. The daughter of Alva and Angie Henson Cation, Elva was born June 18, 1918, in rural Savonburg. She moved with her parents to rural Humboldt when she was a child. She graduated from Cherry Grove School, Iola High School, and Iola Junior College. She earned bachelor of science, master of science, and specialist in education degrees from Kansas State College of Pittsburg.
She was a member of the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an honor society in education, was selected and honored to be listed in the 1973-1974 edition of Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans, and was nominated for the Clyde U. Phillips Distinguished Service Award at Kansas State College of Pittsburg.
In her teaching career of 43 years, she taught in rural schools in Prairie Hall, Union and Jeddo; elementary schools in Iola; and Allen County and Neosho County community colleges (teaching psychology), retiring in 1980.
She was married to Norvel E. Lee on June 18, 1937, in Nevada, Mo. They made their home in Iola until 1967 when they moved to Chanute. They moved to Port Richey, Fla., in 1988, to Iola in 1991 and returned to Chanute in 2001.
She was a member of the Chanute First Presbyterian Church; Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 15, Kansas Retired Teachers and Neosho County Area Retired Teachers.
She was predeceased by her husband, Norvel E. Lee, in 2006, and a brother, Howard Cation. She is survived by adopted sons, George Lee and Robert Lee.
Funeral services were this morning in Snyder Memorial Chapel at Neosho County Community College in Chanute.
Burial followed at Memorial Park Cemetery, Chanute.
Memorials can be made in her name to the First Presbyterian Church at Chanute.

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