June 18, 1925-June 10, 2013
DOUGLAS – Funeral services for Margaret Kyrle Lee, 87, will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Douglas with Pastor Joe Bair officiating, and the eulogist will be Guido Smith. Interment will be held at 2 p.m. in the Lusk Cemetery in Lusk with the Order of Eastern Star honors.
Margaret Lee peacefully passed away on the morning of Monday, June 10, 2013 after a lengthy illness at the Converse County Memorial Hospital in Douglas.
Margaret was born June 18, 1925 the daughter of Charles V. and Elizabeth (Lamb) Lee in Fort Collins, Colo. Margaret attended grade school in Fort Collins and in Lance Creek. She graduated from Manville High School in 1944 and entered the University of Wyoming the following fall. Upon the completion of the required work, Margaret received a Normal Diploma in 1949, a Bachelor of Arts in 1957 and a Master’s of Education in 1964.
She began her teaching career, in Jireh, Wyo., as a teacher in a one-room rural school. She taught for 15 years in Jireh and Lance Creek, with the last three years serving as the principal of the Lance Creek Elementary School.
In 1966, Margaret was hired by Eastern Wyoming Community College (EWC) in Torrington as an education instructor. Margaret served as an education instructor, was a member of the Board of Trustees and served as Dean of Instruction until retiring in 1999.
In November 1944, Margaret was initiated into the Order of Eastern Star by Mariposa Chapter No. 35 in Manville. She served as Worthy Matron in 1951 and 1960. She received her first grand appointment in 1957, serving as Grand Ruth, as Grand Martha in 1959 and as Grand Chaplin in 1961.
Margaret was installed as Worthy Grand Matron of the Grand Chapter of Wyoming on Aug. 21, 1965. After the Mariposa Chapter closed, she became a member of Torrington Chapter No. 22, where she twice served as Worthy Matron. She later became a dual member with Glenrock’s Golden West Chapter No. 37. She had three loves: her family, Eastern Star and teaching.
After retiring from EWC, Margaret lived in Torrington until 2001 and then moved to Douglas to live with her sister, JoAnn Rasmussen. In 2009, Margaret moved into the Douglas Care Center, where she lived until her death.
During her lifetime, Margaret was a very active member in the affairs of the Lance Creek Community Church, a member of the Wyoming Education Association, a past state secretary of the Department of Classroom Teachers and a member of P.E.O. Above all else, she was a very active member of the Order of Eastern Star of Wyoming.
Margaret is survived by her sister, JoAnn (Tom) Rasmussen of Douglas; her brother, Vernon “Babe” (Patricia) Lee of Casper; nieces and nephews; Melanie (Jerry) Sikes, Monica (Roger) Schulte, Jennifer Lee, Niels (Wanda) Rasmussen, Charlotte (Kieran) Nicholson, Tom (May) Rasmussen, Karyl Ann McCarthy; numerous great nieces and nephews; and a great-great nephew.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles V. and Elizabeth Lee; her brothers, Charles V. Lee Jr. and George A. Lee; and niece, Becky Lawson.
Margaret was a very special and dear person, who was loved and respected by her family, friends and the students she taught. Her nieces and nephews were like her own children. She made each and every one of them feel special and loved. Margaret and her twinkling blue eyes and contagious smile will be missed by all who knew her.
Serving as pallbearers will be Charlie Sikes, Patrick Sikes, Jason Lawson, Brandon Schulte, Kelsey Schulte, Taylor Schulte, Case Towner, Jake Towner, Niels Rasmussen II, Katrina Rasmussen, Kyle Nicholson, Meng Long and Chris Rasmussen.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be all of Magaret’s fraternal sisters and brothers in the Order of Eastern Star.
Friends and family may call at the Congregational United Church of Christ from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. There will be a luncheon to follow the service.
A memorial to the Golden West Chapter No. 37 OES, P.O. Box 487, Glenrock, WY 82637 would be appreciated by the family. The donations will go to the youth scholarship.
Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com.
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