April 19, 1922 – September 7, 2018
Catherine "Betty" Elizabeth Lee, age 96, passed away peacefully Friday, September 7, 2018 while in the hospital with family by her side.
She is preceded in death by her husband Thomas J. Lee Sr.; her parents Mary Helen and Daniel Patrick Kiely; her daughters Judy McMath, Donna Lee and Janice Molsberry; and cousin, Ellie Cousart. She leaves behind her son Jim Lee and husband Uri Elon; son Thomas Lee Jr. and wife Margaret; son John Lee and wife Joan; son in law and best friend Henry McMath and cousin Peg Cousart. Betty had thirteen grandchildren: Judy Lee, Joey, Jeannie, Jeffrey, Jennifer, Robin, TJ, Brittany, Michelle, Justine, James, Catherine, and Matthew. She also had twenty great grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many cousins and family members in the Cousart families.
She entered into this life April 19, 1922. She spent much of her childhood and adult years in Philadelphia devoted to her family. Betty met Tom Lee and was a close family friend for many years. Tom and Betty married in 1971. She took on the role of a mother of 6. Together, they were instrumental in managing a huge family. Betty lost Tom in 1985, after 14 years of marriage. Betty was loved by all and a joy to be with. She was Irish to the core and had a wonderful Irish humor. She cared for so many grandchildren and great-grandchildren with passion. She was always a representative of strength to everyone in the family. She was the cement holding it together. She was a friend to everyone and made new friends every day. Betty was a tough Irish woman. She was not afraid to speak her mind but always maintained a great humility of a truly religious person to the day she died.
Betty dedicated herself to life. To her family. To St. John Vianney Catholic Church and her church peers. To those around her. To her friends. To everyone she met. She never forgot a birthday, an anniversary or any special event. There was always a card in the mail for whatever the occasion. She never forgot.
Betty will be truly missed. She had a life well spent and well enjoyed. Betty spent the last two years of her life in the assisted living community, Carriage Inn. She truly enjoyed her time there. She always shared stories about happy hour, comedians, music, bingo and stealing extra ice cream. She created lifelong friendships with staff and residence of Carriage Inn. For example, when any family came to visit for lunch it would take thirty minutes to reach the dining hall because Betty had so many friends she had to introduce her family to. She has left a legacy of kindness and selflessness for all to reflect upon. We all should be so Irish.
The Lees, the McMaths, along with the vast Cousart families would like to thank all those who have reached out during this time of sorrow with kind words and deeds. It is heartwarming to hear the stories of love and sacrifice shared by those who knew her well. Words cannot adequately express how very much she was loved and will be missed.
A Visitation starts at 9:45 am Wednesday September 12,2018 at St John Vianney Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 10:30 am at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. The Committal will follow at Memorial Oaks Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston https://www.archgh.org/ways-to-give/
- Jim Lee, Son
- Uri Elon, Son-in-law
- Thomas Lee Jr., Son
- Margaret Lee, Daughter-in-law
- John Lee, Son
- Joan Lee, Daughter-in-law
- Henry McMath, Son-in-law & best friend
- Peg Cousart, Cousin
- Betty had thirteen grandchildren: Judy Lee, Joey, Jeannie, Jeffrey, Jennifer, Robin, TJ, Brittany, Michelle, Justine, James, Catherine, and Matthew. She also had twenty great grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many cousins and family members in the Cousart families.
- Thomas John Lee III
- Joseph McMath
- Jeffrey McMath
- James Lee
- Chad Rogers
- Jeffrey Wozniak
- Visitation Wednesday, September 12, 2018
- Funeral Mass Wednesday, September 12, 2018
- Committal Service Wednesday, September 12, 2018
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October 25, 2018
I remember spending time with the Lee family as far back as when Betty was taking care of Tom's mother in their home on West Forest. Betty made the best chicken, so good I spent my senior year of high school at the Lee family house in Nottingham. They took me on many vacations in Galveston where we enjoyed the beach. Betty will always be someone I will love and remember. Her cheerful attitude brought so much joy at a time in my life when I needed someone who was happy and full of joy. May your sadness be swift in this time. Her recipe for a Good Year take 12 fine full grown months...see that these are thoroughly free from hate, bitterness, rancor and jealousy. Cleanse them completely from every clinging spite. Pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness. In short see that these months are free from all the past. Prepare one day at a time. Into each day put 12 parts of faith, 11 parts of patience, 10 of courage, 9 of work, 8 of hope, 7 of fidelity, 6 of liberty, 5 of kindness, 4 of rest, 3 of prayer, 2 of meditation, and 1 well selected resolution.
Louis and Linda Marino
September 11, 2018
To All the Family and Friends of Betty Lee,
We send our Deepest and Sincerest Sympathy in the passing of our Dear Family member Betty. She was one of the Best. She was always gracious, beautiful and one never at a loss for words. Whenever we had a family gathering, I loved to talk and visit with her, and hear all her interesting stories. She was a Hoot! We will miss her so much, but her memory will be there always.
Louis and Linda Marino
September 11, 2018
You were always amazing. From your care of your parents to the kindness you showed me so many times in Philly, to the wonderful time you and Dad had to the caring love you gave Napella. To your many children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Slainté. Here's to you, Betty.