Carol Jeanne Lee, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend to everyone was surrounded by family when she left on July 9, 2013 to return to her heavenly home.
She was born September 19, 1932 to Joseph Hazen and Lois Irvin in Kirtland, NM. She was joined by two sisters, Darlen and Betty Lois.
Carol attended elementary school in Kirtland, after which the family moved to a ranch located between Farmington and Bloomfield. She attended Farmington High School, graduating in 1950. During her junior year she started paying attention to one of the high school football running backs by the name of Lynn Lee.
Little did she realize that this infatuation would continue for the next 65 years. She loved cheerleading with her younger sister Darlene. Carol excelled in academics.
She was the New Mexico bookkeeping champion, and became Salutatorian of her graduating class.
Soon after graduation Carol and Lynn, along with her mother and his father, brother, and sister-in-law traveled from Farmington, NM to Mesa, AZ, where they were sealed in the Mesa Temple on June 29, 1950.
Lynn was offered a scholarship to play football and basketball at Ft. Lewis College which, at the time was located in Hesperus, CO — just a few hours north of Farmington. Carol worked as secretary in the Office of Veterans Affairs.
Their first child was born in Farmington on July 9, 1951. It seemed only natural to name her Carol Lynn, after both her parents. The three of them returned to Ft. Lewis, where Lynn continued his education.
Monty was born the following summer and the family of four headed for Flagstaff, AZ where Lynn attended Northern Arizona University. After completion of his bachelor’s program, the family moved to Dolores, CO, where Lynn began his teaching/coaching career. In addition, Lynn and Carol were enticed to teach dancing and drama.
To supplement the family income Carol worked as a secretary at Kincade and Redd Chevrolet. At the same time, she served as Young Women’s President in the Cortez Ward of her church. Their third child, Larry, was born in Cortez on February 17, 1956.
Lynn continued attending summer school at NAU, working toward an advanced degree. After four years in Dolores, the family moved to LaSal, UT where Lynn had been appointed principal of the elementary school for a year, before settling permanently in Blanding.
Laura joined the family on March 16, 1960. The family was blessed with a fifth, and final child, David, on November 21, 1968.
Carol spent the next 45 years caring for her children and filling many church positions, including primary teacher, Young Women’s President, Relief Society President, choir director, marriage and family relations teacher, stake missionary, and temple ordinance worker.
A highlight of Carol’s life was following her children in their sports. Whether it was football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, softball, track, you would find Carol cheering and encouraging her children and other team members. They were all “her kids.” Lynn was always by her side — trying to calm her down.
Carol loved to sew and made most of the girl’s clothes until the styles began to change. She went to work at First Security Bank (now Wells Fargo) where she continued to work until 1983 when she retired to ensure that she would not miss any of David’s ball games. After David graduated, her love for sports continued as she began watching grandchildren and later great grandchildren in their chosen sports.
Lynn and Carol also offered their home to several young children and teens, including four nephews; Dennis and Mike Lee, and Troy and Chad Lynn. Other youth who shared the Lee home were Darlene Valentine, Dino Oshley, Lucille Lameman, Jack Little, and Steve Larson.
Another of Carol’s passions was music. She taught piano lessons for a period of time. Carol spent hours on the piano and sang in many musicals. She was ultimately successful in converting Lynn to the joy of music. Carol served on various occasions as choir director in her church. A highlight was being asked to sing in the choir during the dedication of the Monticello, Utah Temple.
Carol was diagnosed with a terminal illness in 2005. Over the next eight years, she remained happy and cheerful, fooling many who would meet her on the street or at the ballgames. Her family, church members, friends, and especially her “knight in shining armor” who seldom left her side, ensured that she was loved, protected, and care for in every way.
Carol is survived by her husband of 63 years Lynn, Lee, of Blanding; children Carol Lynn (Joseph) Barton of Monticello; Monty (Lana) Lee of Blanding; Larry (Susan) Lee of Blanding; Laura (Bobby) Robbins of Phoenix, AZ; and David (Karleah) Lee, of Henderson, NV; sisters Darlene (Curg) Johnson, of Draper, UT and Betty Lois (Nolland) Tingey of Farmington, UT; as well as 26 grandchildren, and 67 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.
Card of thanks
The family of Carol Lee would like to thank the following.
A special thanks to Dr. Val Jones for his years of heartfelt attention and the entire staff at Blue Mountain Hospital. All the employees at Four Corners Regional Care Center, especially Troy Palmer, Director of Nursing.
Blanding First Ward for their generous luncheon provided and enjoyed by many family members that had traveled long distances to be in Blanding for the services.
Last, much thanks to Danny Palmer and San Juan Mortuary for their empathetic concern during this difficult time for us all.
Carol and Joseph Barton
Monty and Lana Lee
Larry and Susan Lee
Laura and Bob Robbins
David and Karleah Lee