Joan M Lee
November 26, 1924 – April 9, 2019
Joan M. Lee Aged 94, beloved wife of Henry Lee, died on April 9 at her home. She was born in Boston, Nov. 26, 1924, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Metcalf. With her husband she lived for some years in California, Germany, and Washington, D.C. Returning to Boston she resided for over fifty years on Beacon Hill where in addition to being a housewife and raising four children, she was an independent interior decorator. In civic life, she chaired the Curtis House Committee of the Greater Boston Fund for International Affairs, was a Board member of the Nichols House Museum and Beacon Hill Garden Club, a founding member of the Friends of the Public Garden, and a long-time member of the Dublin, NH Garden Club. A voracious reader all her life, she was devoted as well to art and music, collecting works of art, playing the harp, and for eighty years attending the Boston Symphony. Above all, she made for her family beautiful homes and gave to her husband and children a lifetime of loving care. She leaves her husband of 74 years, four children-Henry of Brookline, MA, Karen of Portland, OR, Eliza C. of Saint Croix, Virgin Islands, and Thomas of Seattle WA, ten grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She leaves also a sister, Diana Stainow of New York City, and brother, R.T. Paine Metcalf of Beverly Farms, MA. Her service will be at King's Chapel, Boston at 11:00 a.m., May 10. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Friends of the Public Garden, Henry and Joan Lee Sculpture Fund, 69 Beacon St., Boston 02108.
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