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Kathryn Lee

A patriot all of her life

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POSTED January 29, 2009 2:01 a.m.
Kathryn (Kaye) Lee passed away peacefully in her Manteca home on Monday, January 26.

Born in Hammond, Indiana, on July 4, 1922, she was a patriot her entire life.  As a member of the Great Generation she served her country in the Navy during World War II.  She met her husband, Thomas Jerry Lee, while they were both in the service, and was his devoted wife for 45 years.

Kaye and Jerry spent most of their life in Manteca and both worked to support their community.  Kaye was a member of the Manteca Hospital Auxiliary at Doctors Hospital for 15 years where she served as president of the auxiliary and trained many young Candy Stripers.  

Kaye spent 28 years working at the Defense Depot in Tracy as a department head. She was responsible for overseas shipping to areas around the world in need of supplies from the United States.  

Kaye was tireless to her life’s end being in service to others.  

She was always looking for ways to contribute to others, comfort, making quilts for every member of her family and friends as a lasting memory of her love for them, dolls and cuddle pillows for new babies at the hospital. Her hands were always busy and it gave her great joy to give to others.

Her family is grateful for the unconditional love she gave, her courage and family values that she demonstrated and taught her daughters.

She was pre-deceased by her husband in 1991 and her youngest daughter Deborah Kaye Withrow in 1998.

She is survived by her children Claudia Robert and husband Jorge of Stafford, Virginia, Barbara Fagan and husband Jim of Healdsburg, CA; son-in-law Kevin Withrow and wife Jennifer of Coarsegold;  grandchildren, Army Corporal Benjamin Withrow, Chelsea and Hallie; granddaughter Amy Mello and husband, Chopper and her four great-grandchildren:Brady, Grace, Jaret and Austin; her grandson Patrick Fagan and wife Barbara; and great-grandchildren James and Nicholas.

Visitation is from 3 to 6 p.m. with Rosary  following at Park View Chapel,  3661 E. French Camp Road, Manteca on Monday, Feb. 2 .  A mass of Christian burial will be conducted at St Anthony’s Catholic Church, 525 E. North Street in Manteca, on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 10:30 a.m., followed by internment at Park View Cemetery beside her beloved husband.  A celebration will follow at Almond Blossom Estates Club House 1901 E. Yosemite Ave. in Manteca.  Arrangements are being handled by Park View Funeral Home.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009
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