Maybelle Lee
Maybelle Lee
  • January 20, 1923 - June 19, 2016
  • Huntington, West Virginia

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Maybelle Morgan Lee, 93, passed away on June 19, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Forest J. Morgan and Cora Ethel Isley Morgan. She was preceded in death by her brother Milford Dale Morgan. She is survived by her beloved husband, Donald Moore Lee; her daughter, Cindy Margaret Lee, her son-in-law, Riley Randolph Stevens; Her son, Marshall Morgan Lee. She is also survived by three granddaughters, Eve Morgan Stevens and her husband, Stephen K. Allinger, Jr., Lee Bridges Stevens, and Kirsten Karah Lee; and one grandson, Blake Thomas Clapp-Lee. She is also survived by Betty Monger Morgan, her sister-in-law; Lesley Elizabeth Slover Kammerer and her daughter, Kathryn Elizabeth Kammerer. Maybelle grew up near Muncie, IN, graduated from Harrison High School and worked as an inspector in the Ball canning jar factory and in a grocery store in Gaston, IN, until she decided to attend Ball State University. She graduated in 1950 with a degree in Home Economics. She later took several classes in accounting from Marshall University. Maybelle taught home economics in Cambridge City, IN, and Parkville, MD, as well as Adult Education in Charleston, WV, and substitute teaching in Huntington, WV. She met her future husband, Don Lee, at Ft. Knox on her birthday in 1952 and they were married on June 20, 1953. She lived in Charleston, WV, for many years where she made several life-long friends. After moving to Huntington in 1970 she continued to form deep friendships. She enjoyed traveling with Don in their Cessna and served as a top-notch navigator, long before the days of GPS, using aviation maps and landmarks to fly to Alaska, California, Colorado, the Bahamas as well as many other places across the US. Maybelle also visited Europe, cruised the Panama Canal, and the Society Islands in the Pacific. She was an avid reader who enjoyed reading the Little House on the Prairie books aloud on car trips to introduce that love to her children. A talented needle crafter, Maybelle knitted sweaters, crocheted afghans, embroidered pillow tops and other projects. Maybelle was a good cook, specializing in casseroles that the family called Maybelle Specials. She grew up in the Methodist Church and was an active member of Morris Memorial Methodist Church, Charleston, WV, and since 1972 Beverly Hills United Methodist Church, Huntington, WV. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Beverly Hills United Methodist Church. Visitation will be 1:00-2:00 pm on Thursday, June 23, with funeral services at 2 pm at Klingel-Carpenter, Huntington, WV, by Dr. Jerry Wood. Graveside services by Rev. Woody Sears and Rev. Emily Sears will be held at 3:30 pm on Saturday, June 25, at Thompson Cemetery in Gaston, IN, with visitation beforehand from 1-3 pm at Gant Funeral Home of Gaston.