OBITUARY

Nelda Mae Lee

11 January, 193715 July, 2021
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Nelda Mae Dunn Lee was born at 3:15 AM on January 11, 1937 to Ada Mae McCormick Dunn and Orel Park Dunn. She was born in the teachers house next to Barronview Schoolhouse in Fisher County, Texas.

As a little girl growing up, her mother, daddy, and little sister Kathleen moved around a lot. Orel had to go where the work was whether it was farming, pipeline or freight delivery. They lived in small rooms, shared houses, and even lived in tents. Nelda said this is why she never desired to tent camp for fun when she had her own family. The family finally settled in Sweetwater, Texas in 1949.

Nelda attended and graduated high school in Sweetwater in 1954. She had good friends there that she stayed in contact with for many years. Nelda accepted Jesus as her savior during high school at the age of 16 while attending a church summer camp.

After high school Nelda thought she might like to attend college or become a stewardess for an airline, but she worked as a secretary for a lawyer and then got a job at a Credit Bureau company. While working there a friend set her up on a blind date and she met the love of her life, Vernon Glen Lee. They fell in love instantly and 5 months later were married on October 5, 1956. They moved around a lot too due to Vernon's job with the railroad. They finally ended up in Austin around 1961. They were married 56 years before Vernon's death in 2013.

Nelda went back to work around 1963 at the Department of Public Safety so that they could buy a new car. Nelda joked that it took 30 years to pay that car off! She retired after those 30 years working in the drivers license department as a department head administrative assistant. She had many longtime friends from her years at DPS that she regularly visited with for coffee or lunch.

She loved dancing, bowling, reading, playing games and most of all traveling. She had an adventurous side with motorcycle riding, snow and water skiing, snowmobiling, hiking and camping (not in a TENT) all over the United States. Nelda and Vernon joined many clubs from square-dancing, motorcycle, RV and travel clubs where many happy times were lived and many friends made.

Most of all Nelda dearly loved her family! She was very close with her parents and sisters. She loved attending the family reunions visiting her cousins and their families. She loved Rhonda, Glen and Stephen deeply. She became "nanny" after having grandchildren and loved them deeply as well. The grandkids friends would meet her and love her as well becoming everyone's "Nanny".

She loved that Christmas was a huge family gathering at her home for many years. There was always lots of food, presents, games and love.

Nelda had an excellent memory and loved sharing stories of her happy childhood, her family, and the fun she had on all her and Vernon's many trips.

Nelda was a kind, strong, and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

She loved us all "TOO MUCH"!

Nelda was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon; her parents; her youngest sister, Connie; and her daughter-in-law, Brenda Lee.

Nelda is survived by her children; daughter, Rhonda Shoemaker and husband Bill; son, Glen Lee; son, Stephen Lee and wife Tracy; sister, Kathleen Moore and husband Jim; brother-in-law, Jim McBroom, 11 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, 24 July , 2021

  • Visitation

    Saturday, 24 July , 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, 24 July , 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, 24 July , 2021

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Bobby Domel

21 July 2021

Sorry to here about Mrs. Lee's passing. I remember all the water skiing trips I had with the family and living in the same neighborhood. Prayers going out to Rhonda, Glen and Stephen.

Erin Jernigan

20 July 2021

There are too many memories to share, but our close relationship is one that I will always remember and appreciate. I love you forever.

Tracy Lee

20 July 2021

Nelda was not only my mother in-law but a dear sweet second mother. Never did she ever make me feel unwelcomed and included me in everything that was going on. She taught me how to “make my husband” a warm meal and clean clothes!! Took me a little while to make that “perfect” gravy. I can’t remember a time when she didn’t have her camera with her, which I’ve surely inherited from her, just ask my children and grandchildren. And the bling on her fingers, always showing us her latest find!! I loved her and I pray she knew that!! Rest in Blessed Peace Nelda and thank you for all you’re wisdom you have shared with me, God Bless you, and I’m going to steal your precious words, “I love you too Much”
- Tracy

Kathleen Moore

19 July 2021

Nelda was my big sister and first friend. This last year we had fun remembering all the places we lived and friends we made. Mother made us a little mattress that would slip under the bed, because sometime we lived in one room. some of our cousins remember that mattress because they came to visit and we all slept on it and was as happy as could be. We played together; double dated as teen agers and were in each others weddings . We enjoyed our little sister Connie so much. ad the three of us took some trip together. I was blessed to have such wonderful sisters. Kathleen Moore

Laura Purgason-perez

17 July 2021

I will always remember Nelda's smile, and laughter. She had such a love for traveling, and adventures. Nelda's love for her family was endless . I know she will be missed. Nelda may you rest in peace, now you and Vernon are holding hands. Love, Laura and family.

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