OBITUARY

Marjorie Lew Lee

August 6, 1916June 8, 2012

Marjorie Lew Lee, 95, of Bellevue, WA, passed away peacefully on June 8, 2012 with her family’s loving presence. Born August 6, 1916 in Seattle, WA to Lew Geate Kay and Rosaline Lucille Goon Kay, her maternal grandparents (Chinese Consul Goon Dip and Yoke Chin Shee) and paternal grandparents (Lew King and Lee Shee) were pioneers in the Seattle Chinese community.

Her life was rich and full of great accomplishment. As a young girl, she loved swimming, riding horses and ice skating. Marjorie graduated from Broadway High School in 1934 and completed her freshman year at the University of Washington. But her drive for academic excellence had only just begun. She studied abroad at Lingnan University in Canton, China from 1935-1937 and returned to the U.W. and completed her Bachelor of Arts in 1940. She went on to obtain a Master of Science in Hygiene & Physical Education from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and taught performing arts at Monticello College in 1942.

Marjorie married Young Bok Lee, DDS, in Cambridge, MA on March 30, 1946. Together they raised their three children (RK, Sheryl and Thom), traveled extensively, enjoyed entertaining and socialized while playing Mah Jong, poker and bridge with close friends.

Marjorie’s passions centered around the performing arts and serving the community. She studied modern dance under Martha Graham, exhibited cultural Chinese dances and occasionally performed at major venues and special events. She was recognized for her dance talents and invited to membership in Orchesis, a national dance honorary. Marjorie was a gifted singer and loved to harmonize, which led to being a member of three groups – Lingnan Choral, Totem East Girl Scout Chorus, Bellewood Retirement Living Choir.

In addition to dancing and singing, Marjorie was a dedicated Girl Scout (of Totem Council) from 1933 and earned its top award – the Golden Eaglet. She led the first all-Chinese troop which met in Seattle’s Chinese Baptist Church. At that time, it was the only troop of its kind north of San Francisco and west of Chicago. She was also a founding member of Cathay Matrons, as well as active with Sertoma Service Organization and Jade Guild.

Later in life, Marjorie focused her energy on enjoying her growing family, taking grandchildren to Disneyland and special events. She loved being “best friends” to her favorite family dogs Brandy, Meisha and Trina. Marjorie had a talent for crocheting and knitting and was also a great cook and hostess. In her limited spare time, she volunteered at the Seattle YMCA and thoroughly enjoyed teaching Senior Aqua Aerobics weekly for a number of years. Her love of blackjack normally took her to Reno, NV at least several times a year, where she met top-named entertainers, played in slot tournaments and even danced with Paul Anka. She never lost her love of travel with trips to China, Paris and throughout the US.

Marjorie is survived by several generations and her loving legacy which includes her children Randall Kay Lee (William Wade), Sheryl Lee Chiang (Norm), and Thomas Young Lee; grandchildren Lisa Chiang (Linn), Sharla Seto (Rocky), Ryan Chiang (Brienne), Tyler Lee, and Tegan Lee; great-grandchildren Leyla and Laneya Chiang-Malik; Kaylani, Mia, Troy and Timothy Seto; brother Richard Lew Kay (Helen); and numerous nephews and nieces across the country.

She was preceded in death by her husband Young "Doc" Lee, two brothers Lawrence Lew Kay and Wallace Lew Kay and daughter-in-law Serena Gayle Lee.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Marjorie’s life at a service on Monday, June 25 at 12 p.m. at Sunset Hills Funeral Home, 1215 145th Place SE, Bellevue, WA 98007. In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances be made to Girl Scouts of Western Washington or a charity of your choice.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Monday, June 25, 2012
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David Fox

August 13, 2012

So many great memories of Marjorie with her son RK. We spend many New Years celebrations together. To watch Marjorie and RK dance at the parties was grand. They were so happy and Marjorie always had the biggest smile. The Chinese New Years celebrations that my family and I had the privilege to attend for all those years was such a fun and enjoyable experience. Marjorie was so proud and elegant as she entertained and talked with all the guests. One of the many wonderful times we shared was the party were Marjorie was wearing a slightly flirty dress and RK couldn't believe how his Mom was just having so much fun with all the attention she was getting. She always made everyone around her feel so good.

My family and I are so sorry for your loss and our love, thoughts and prayers are with you.

David Fox & Family

Nancy Burke

August 11, 2012

RK, my condolences on your mother's passing. Even though our parents may live long and full lives, we miss them in surprising ways. Best, Nancy

August 11, 2012

RK and Bill,

Lelani and I are so sorry to hear about your mom. I know how much you loved and cared for her. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

I often tell the story about the first annual dinner in Reno when your mom gave me the OK to eat the eye ball from the big fish that had been delivered to our table. Something I will never forget. LOL!!!!!

Harold and Lelani

Brandt Louie

August 11, 2012

The Louie Seto Family send their condolences.

August 11, 2012

Just a short note to let you know how saddened I was to hear of Aunty Marge's passing. Although it's been a number of years since I've had the opportunity to see any one of you, I'll always remember the earlier times in Seattle and Bellevue. Please accept my deepest condolences.
Sincerely, your cousin,
Denny

August 10, 2012

Dear RK,

I was so sorry to hear from Dad that your mom passed. She was a lovely lady.

Please give my condolences to Sheryl and Tommy. And love to Bill.

Love,
Janice (your cousin)

August 10, 2012

Dear RK, I was sorry to learn of the death of your mother. I know this is a difficult time for you and your family and wanted you to know I'm thinking good thoughts for you. Fondly, Fritsi

Juana Jainga

July 28, 2012

Sadness overwhelmed me when I heard you lost your Darling Mother! * A Treasure no one can replace!* Sending you lots of prayers, Hugs, and My Love to let you know I truly care! Peace and love be yours.
Lovingly and Always,
Juana

July 12, 2012

We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Not much in this world is more difficult. We remember her visiting with mom at our store. (They were born the same year.) May your warm memories keep her close to you and replace the sadness you feel today. She lives on in all of you, her beautiful family. We'll remember her radiant smile and full of life personality.

Love,
David and Constance and Donnie

July 12, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very special time with the loss of your mother.
Remember all the fun and precious, happy moments of your mother.
Fondly love,
Linnell