July 26, 1927January 6, 2019
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Allie “Lee” Hartwell, age 91, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 6, 2019, in Sugar Land, Texas, after a battle with dementia and breast cancer. Lee was born on July 26, 1927 in Pickens, South Carolina. She met the love of her life, Gilbert F. Hartwell and married him in 1945. They were married 53 years before he passed away. Lee was a housewife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Lee and Gilbert moved to Houston in 1959 where they raised three daughters. Lee was a long-time member of St. Philip’s Methodist Church in Houston. She was preceded in death by her parents, Furman and Nell Waldrop, and brothers John and Pete Waldrop. Lee is survived by her daughter, Debbie Reed and husband Jerry, daughter Cindy Hartwell, daughter Vicki Wallin and husband Glenn, grandchildren Matthew Reed, Jonathan Reed and wife Lindsey, Krista Hawn and husband Douglas, Daniel Lipsanen and wife Lisa, Alex Wallin and great grandchildren Payton and Mason Reed. The family would especially like to thank the incredible staff of nurses, caregivers, administrative staff and hospice team at Silverado Memory Care in Sugar Land for the amazing care, love, and kindness that was extended to Lee during the five years she lived at Silverado. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Operation Military Embrace, Inc. P. O. Box 149 Hockley, TX 77447-0149 Or charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Reception Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, January 11, 2019


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Debbie Reed

January 13, 2019

Where do I begin to describe my Mom, who was the most awesome Mom in the world?

Mom was the epitome of Motherhood, morals, and values:
*She taught us that family ALWAYS comes first!
*She was a very protective "Mama Bear" of her 3 "cubs".
*Mom believed that there is never an excuse for a woman to be a bad mother.
*She was a strict disciplinarian when we were growing up, and she taught us that there are always consequences for bad behavior (a trait that is severely lacking in today's society).
*Having grown up during the Depression, she was a very, very strong person!
*She told me many times that being a Mom is a lifelong job, and as she once said: "The day you stop being a Mom is the day they throw the dirt over you."

When Mom was still able to speak, the last thing she said to me was: "Baby, I will love you forever!" And now, Mom, I am saying the same thing to you: "Mom, I will love you forever! I am sure you are holding a special place in heaven, and that now you and Daddy are finally reunited after 20 long years!

Love always,
Debbie ("Dee Dee")

Troy Davis

January 10, 2019

When I travelled to Houston TX as a 13 year old, first plane ride in my life. I was greeted with such attention and tenderness from Aunt Lee. I remember how she was inquisitive and tender. I still think about that time. She was special for sure. My memories are now even more special.

Jannette Hartwell

January 10, 2019

Aunt Lee you will be dearly missed.I had great memories of you and uncle Gill coming to visit us in Virginia. I know you are at peace now.You will now get to see your kind and sweet husband in heaven.
Love you Aunt Lee.

Mary Schaeffer Monroe

January 9, 2019

I have fond memories of Aunt Lee when she traveled to Virginia with Uncle Gil. I will always remember her as a kind, gracious and beautiful southern lady.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Leslie Woods

January 9, 2019

My heart is with you in your time of sorrow.
Wishing you peace and strength during this time.
The Woods Family has many fond memories of Mrs. Hartwell and the family.
Your family will always be a part of us.

Krista Hawn

January 8, 2019

Tracey Davis Altadonna

January 8, 2019

I am very sorry to hear of Aunt Lee's passing. She was always very sweet to us kids when she and Uncle Gil visited. The third pic down is exactly how I remember both of them. Thinking of all of you...

Afton Dickerson

January 8, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know her, but judging by the daughter she raised she was an amazing woman.