Barbara Sue Lee

February 26, 1939August 1, 2018
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Barbara Sue Lee was born in Houston, Texas on February 26, 1939 to the proud parents Justine Florine Smith and Richard Marvin Smith. Barbara was the first born of three beautiful sisters; herself, Elizabeth and Nancy. They were all the envy of San Antonio.

Barbara attended Incarnate Word High School in San Antonio, and later attended the University of Texas. At The University of Texas, Barbara was Queen of the Texas Pioneer Association and Princess of the Black and White Ball. It was one fateful day in 1958 that she met her beloved husband, Ivon Lee III at the university.

Barbara and Ivon were not ones to waste time, and thus in 1959, Barbara became a mother to Ivon Lee IV, quickly followed by Leslie Anne, Richard Harry, Sterling Scott, and Lamar Christopher.

Barbara had many passions and interests that fulfilled her life. Beginning in the 1950’s, Barbara displayed her courage, poise and athleticism by becoming an early pioneer in the sport of water skiing. Continuing from there, Barbara leaped into horse back riding, a passion that she shared with her daughter, Leslie, and eventually with her grand-daughter, Natalie as well. Barbara established herself as an icon of the English style horseback riding world. As she and Leslie drove from horse show to horse show in her great white Cadillac, stuffed with hay and feed, she became known for driving “MO-B-DK”. In the 1980’s Barbara became a grandmother for first time. Her grandchildren are Ivon V, Scott, Natalie, Connor, Shaughn and Travis.

To those who knew her, Barbara was known for her kindness, patience and generosity. She loved to indulge her family and friends with family vacations, gifts and education. She spent many holidays busily cooking fabulous meals, decorating the house and wrapping gifts for her sizable family.

Throughout her entire adult life, Barbara remained an avid fan of the Texas Longhorn football team. Those visiting her home in Manchaca, Texas, would be amazed at the array of Texas Longhorn memorabilia that was constantly on display.

Barbara went to be with the Lord on August 1, 2018. She is survived by both sisters, five children, six grandchildren, and friends too numerous to count. To all of us, Barbara Sue Lee represented a life well lived.

Rest in peace.

A Celebration of Life for Barbara will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks, and will continue with food and fellowship immediately following at Leeway Cottages at 107 Scudder Lane, Wimberley, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Emancipet.


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  • Celebration of Life Service Sunday, August 19, 2018

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Sha Marcus

August 18, 2018

Barbara Sue and I spoke on the phone almost every night. She and I would discuss everything from politics to our shared love of dogs and horses and everything in between.
We would recap some events in our lives and laugh until we cried.
Barbara had a tremendous sense of humor, an unmatched intellect, and a lust for life like none other. She never looked back, always forward.
Barbara Sue was an original. A one of a kind. I miss her tremendously.
Rest In Peace Barbara (and answer the phone when I call).
I will always love you.

Julie Costa

August 17, 2018

I am blessed to have so many wonderful memories of Barbara, "Mom", as I eventually came to call her. I have memories of Girls' Day Out; shopping and margaritas in Old Town San Diego while Richard was working. I recall her fantastic sense of humor and how we could joke and I knew she was impossible to offend (most of those jokes cannot be repeated here). But when I really knew that I was loved by Barbara was one evening while she was visiting us in Atascadero, she asked me to tuck her in to bed after a little too much wine. Once I got her situated, I crawled in next to her, laid my head on her chest, and she told me that she loved me like one of her own and we both fell asleep all snuggled up together. Barbara, "Mom" was truly a mother to me and I am so grateful that she accepted me into her family the way she did. Even now, I feel so honored to have been given her little dog, Robbie to care for in her absence. I imagine her watching over us and I strive to care for him in a way that will give her peace of mind. I love you, Mom, and we'll all see you again one day.

Edward Bentley

August 16, 2018

Barbara Sue,

Thanks for helping me get through my loss of Ginny, your superior traveling companion.
And, I will never forget that wonderful trip to Maui.

Love and many memories.


Nancy LeCompte

August 15, 2018

OMG....those pictures are fantastic, just like Barbara, always making others laugh & smile. I love her sense of humor! What a great lady—she spread the love so well & was well loved. She was a real beauty inside & out. I could go on & on & on. Prayers for all of you-for comfort, for loving support, for peace & that you continue to seek adventure & enjoy life to the fullest, just like Barbara Sue. 💓🙏🏿💃🏽

Karla Kasmiroski Bourque

August 7, 2018

I know Barbara Sue, my cousin, is in the loving embrace of our Lord where there are no tears and no pain. I cannot make it to the service, but she and her family are in my prayers.

Janelle Jones Barclay

August 5, 2018

Rest In Peace, Barbara Lee. I have so many crazy, fun childhood memories of you and my mom and Leslie and me - of the Jones’s and the Lee’s. Sending love and prayers to “the Lee kids” and all of your family. ❤️

Tanya Cassoni

August 4, 2018

I wanted to share one of my last precious memories with Barbara. Sterling and I were visiting one evening a few days ago and spent the night. The next morning the nurse couldn’t get her to eat or drink anything. So I put my best effort forth and presented her with apple sauce, blended watermelon juice, vitamin shake and water. We then proceeded to play a game called Suck, Swish and Swallow. She would not do any of it until I told her to. After playing the game for about a half an hour she piped up with a smirk and a comment, stating that she was sure I swallowed a lot more than she in my lifetime. We all had a good laugh and I was so happy to see that wonderful smile on her face. This was the last time Sterling and I were able to see her.

Ivon #5 Lee

August 4, 2018

Ivon #5 Lee

August 4, 2018

Mimi would come and visit my my Father and I in Florida when I was younger. I would stay with her in whatever hotel she had picked out. It was always a good time because she was never that stereotypical old granny, she was fun and easy to talk to. We would watch action movies, or my friends would come over and she would be just as goofy as us. Once she and I got waterbaloons and we would throw them off the hotel balcony at random people in the parking lot and duck before they could see us.