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Doris E. Lee

January 20, 1921 December 17, 2017
Doris E. Lee
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Obituary for Doris E. Lee

Doris E. Lee, age 96, resident of Denver, CO, formerly of Ponca City, passed
away December 17, 2017.

Doris was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on January 20, 1921. Her parents
were Freida and Jacob Test, who had immigrated to the United States from
Lubovl, Russia. Doris was the seventh of eight children in the family
including seven girls and one boy.

When Doris was a teenager, she helped in her father's millinery store in the
heart of downtown Kansas City. She liked going there. Sometimes she would be
there on Saturdays and would go to Kress's Dime Store and buy the
salesladies their lunches. Steak sandwiches were 5 cents at that time! She
graduated from Kansas City's Central High School and later attended
stenotype secretarial school.

After completing the stenography course, she was employed by Bernice
Jackson's court reporting service. While associated in this manner, Doris
worked for various law firms temporarily when they needed extra help and she
was sent around to them. She worked for one large law firm after she left
Bernice's agency.

Doris met her future husband, Nathan Sam Lee, thanks to her neighbor, who
introduced them to each other. Nathan came to Kansas City to buy merchandise
for Sam Lee's Men's Wear in Ponca City, Oklahoma, where he was born and grew
up. For their first date he took Doris to the market to buy clothes for the

According to Lee legend, he almost was scared away. On his first visit to
see Doris, he got off the bus and as he walked to her home, a different
neighbor had a dog that started barking viciously at this dapper stranger.
But Nathan remained undaunted, determined to court the charming court
reporter - and continued toward her front door. Luckily, the ferocious pooch
next door stayed behind a fence.

Then it was a long-distance romance with letters -- and the intrepid suitor
dared to return to Kansas City a time or two. She thought that he was very
nice -- the general way he acted. He invited her to come on the train to
Ponca City, where she met his parents, sister and the sister's children. He
asked Doris to marry him, and she agreed.

Doris and Nathan were married on Nov. 11, 1949, in the presence of loved
ones at a Kansas City hotel. For about the first year as newlyweds, the pair
lived in a garage apartment owned by her in-laws, Sam and Sadie Lee, in
Ponca City.

Doris and Nathan then purchased and moved into a house near downtown in
Ponca, where they devoted themselves also to raising their children, Elaine
and Mark. It was the same house where Doris and Nathan lived contentedly for
many more years after the kids were on their own in other states.

When the children reached school age, Doris worked as a secretary for
Bi-State Mental Health Foundation in Ponca City. She was a charter member
and long-time member of that town's Temple Emanuel and served the
congregation as an officer and in additional supportive roles, such as
compiling the newsletter and sending acknowledgments. She enjoyed playing
mahjong, baking and cooking, walking, visiting with friends and most of all,
taking care of her family. In later years, as relatives and friends in turn
helped tend to her needs, she greatly appreciated their caring ways,
especially after injuries from several falls.

But Doris wasn't done. At 93, she embarked from Ponca City to Denver, a
whole "New World," far from her home of 62 years in Oklahoma, but destined
to become her home away from home. She gradually acclimated, being closer to
children and grandchildren allowing interaction with them much more often,
much to all their delight. Though she had dozens of extraordinarily
compassionate, capable care-givers - and usually competent children, Elaine
and Mark -- all along her grandkids proved to be her best medicine. Each one
- Jake, Sam, Ezra, Eve and Elsa -- was pure magic in her eyes and brought
incomparable smiles of joy to her lips.

Still brave for new adventures, still growing in experience, and still
fighting her new-fangled thermostat in her apartment, she adapted to all her new neighbors at Brookdale

Mountain View and surroundings, complete with blue skies, scenic vistas and
without humidity, which seemed to agree with her. Appreciative of the
attention and assistance of care-givers whose kindnesses helped to keep her
as comfortable as possible, she carried on in remarkable health until her
Colorado chapter drew to a close during Hanukkah at age 96, a couple weeks
shy of the new year, 2018, and a month before she would have made a
wish and blown out 97 birthday candles.

Survivors include her children: Elaine Lee and husband John Sackett of
Denver, CO & Mark Lee and wife Lisa Giefer of Cupertino, CA; sister Neva
Bennett of Stamford, CT; grandchildren: Elsa, Eve, Ezra, Sam & Jake.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents, husband Nathan, as well as her
siblings: Frances, Belle, Anne, Meyer, Ida, and Pearl.

A funeral ceremony will be held at 2:00PM Thursday, December 21, 2017 at
Temple Emanuel, 1201 E. Highland Ave., Ponca City, OK 74601. Following the
ceremony, she will be laid to rest next to her husband Nathan at the
Resthaven Memorial Park. Services are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home & Crematory.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Jewish Family Service of
Colorado, 3201 S. Tamarac Dr., Denver, CO 80231 or Ponca City Opportunity
Center, 2225 N. Union St., Ponca City, OK 74601-1555.

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Funeral Service




2:00 PM 12/21/2017 2:00:00 PM
Temple Emanuel

1201 E. Highland Ave.
Ponca City, Oklahoma 74601

Temple Emanuel
1201 E. Highland Ave. Ponca City 74601 Oklahoma
United States

Cemetery Details


Resthaven Memorial Park Final Resting Place

1901 East Hubbard Road
Ponca City, OK 74604

1901 East Hubbard Road Ponca City 74604 OK
United States

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