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Marjorie Cole Lee

January 31, 1923 — September 13, 2015

Marjorie C. Lee, 92, of Eagles Mere, PA died on September 13, 2015 of cancer. She was born on January 31, 1923 in Sayre, Pennsylvania to Arthur B. Cole and Elizabeth Graham Cole. She was valedictorian of Meshoppen High School in 1940 and graduated from Mansfield University in 1944 with a degree in Home Economics. She is survived by her five children: Susanne Lee, Scott Lee, Cole Lee (Suzanne Lee), Laura Lee (Peter Grina), and Kenneth E. Lee (Patricia Debon); eight grandchildren: Graham Archer, Lauren Archer, Matthew Lee, Linsey Lee, Elizabeth Lee, Kristof Grina, Kelsey Lee, and Katy Lee; brother: Benjamin Cole (Phyllis Cole); and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Kenneth B. Lee, and her sister Betty White. Marjorie was a caring sister, devoted wife, loving mother and doting grandmother. Marge and Ken were married in 1944 and moved to Sullivan County Pennsylvania after Ken’s graduation from law school, eventually settling in Eagles Mere where they lived for over 50 years. While in Eagles Mere, Marge was a member of the Eagles Mere Civic Club, Dushore Book Club, Laporte Women’s Club and Eagles Mere Country Club. Ken Lee was a well-respected state legislator who served for 18 years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives rising to be leader of the House Republican Caucus and Speaker of the House for two terms. Marjorie played a key supporting role in her husband’s political career and was instrumental to his 10 successful election campaigns for Sullivan County District Attorney and State Representative. Mrs. Lee was involved in local and statewide Republican organizations including serving on the Board of the Pennsylvania Council of Republican Women. Marge was a human “Facebook” long before the on-line service came into existence – keeping in close contact with hundreds of friends and family from all across the country throughout her life. A number of these were her classmates at Mansfield for which she began holding a regular summer get together in Eagles Mere in the 1970s . What started as a small get together of 10 classmates eventually grew to more than 60 women representing classes from the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s. In recognition for her service to the University, in 1997 Mansfield awarded Marge the Elsie Burk Service Award. One of Mrs. Lee passions was meeting and entertaining people - hosting thousands of individuals for breakfast, lunch and dinner at her home in Eagles Mere and at her winter home in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Marge’s other passion was for travel and Marge and Ken travelled extensively, visiting all 50 states; most every country in Europe; and all but two continents, Australia and Antarctica. Often accompanied by family and friends, Marge was the promoter, organizer, travel agent and tour guide for most trips. Marge will be remembered for her good humor, warm heart and willingness to give to others. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mildred, PA with her pastor the Rev. Richard Rojas, presiding. Following the Mass family and friends are invited to a Celebration of her life from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at the Eagles Mere Country Club, Eagles Mere, PA. Interment will be private in the Eagles Mere Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers and ask that contributions in her memory may be made to the MUF-Mansfield Way Scholarship Fund, 6 Beecher Street, Mansfield, PA 16933, or Setebaid Services, Diabetic Campership Programs 1157 West Branch Highway, Winfield? PA? 17889 or the Martha Lloyd Community Services, 66 Lloyd Ln, Troy, PA 16947. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA 18614 To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go to To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Marjorie Cole Lee, please visit our flower store.


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