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Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

8800 North Alpine Road, Machesney Park, IL

OBITUARY

Margie L. Lee

December 28, 1936March 22, 2020

Margie L. Lee, 83, of Rockford, IL, passed peacefully on to Glory strait into the arms of her sweetheart, Floyd, on March 22, 2020, after a long illness.

Margie was born December 28, 1936, to Clayton Thompson and Thelma Pearl Anderson in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. She was quite an Oklahoma girl with a pioneer spirit. Her dad was a carpenter and she, as the eldest of four children, was right beside him hammering nails and sawing boards as he built house after house in the community. Her first paying job was a waitress at an Oklahoma truck stop when she was 13. In 1952, she married Floyd, her guitar man, who swept her off her feet with his country/gospel singing and guitar playing. They left their hometown in Sallisaw and went north to get jobs in the bustling manufacturing hub of Rockford. There they raised their four girls—Sharon, Marilyn, Judy and Connie. She and Floyd made sure their girls were in church every Sunday morning to hear the Good News about Jesus. She was a fervent prayer warrior calling by name everyone in her family everyday in prayer as well as others outside her family asking for God’s favor in their lives. When trouble came, she’d hold out her hands to you and say, “Let’s pray!” She truly believed that prayer changes things. After 58 years in the workforce, she retired from Gunite Foundry in Rockford in 2007. Margie was married 60 full years to Floyd until his passing in 2013.

She leaves four generations to celebrate her memory. Daughters: Rev. Sharon (Rev. Ross Jr.) Miley, Marilyn Diventi, Rev. Connie (Rev. Brian) Palmer; Grandchildren: Dawn (Nathan) Withers, Amber (Josh) Earleywine, Moriah and Lindsay Palmer; Great Grandchildren: Cassie (Andy) Amador, Isaac Withers and twins girls Emery and Londyn Earleywine; Great-Great Granddaughters: Aliyah Amador; as well as Floyd’s 13 brothers and sisters living in Texas/Kansas/OK that she had always called her own: Norma Compton Ekey, Betty Hensley, Pat Frazier, Dean Major, Margie Negri, Jaynell Manuel, Jerry Lee, Jimmy Lee, Michael Lee, Tim Lee, Dennis Lee, Denise Lee Samples and Gaylene Lee Wheetley(deceased).

She is preceded in death by her Husband, Floyd Lee; Daughter Judy Lynn Lee; Mother Thelma, Father Clayton, Sisters: Barbara Moore and Shirley Harrell; Brother Sonny (Clayton Jr), Adopted mom, Gracie Lee. The Lee family, wishes to express their since appreciation to all those who prayed for her and our family in the last mile of her journey. Special thanks to the Transitions Hospice staff, especially to RN’s Lacy and Aaron, for your compassionate, professional care or our mom and our family in the last few weeks of her life on earth.

Cremation rites have been afforded according to her wishes. A private family graveside service will be held March 27, 2020 at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Machesney Park, IL. A Memorial Service celebrating her life will take place at a future date at Riverside Assembly of God, 4242 W. Riverside Blvd., in Rockford, IL.

  • FAMILY

  • She leaves four generations to celebrate her memory. Daughters: Rev. Sharon (Rev. Ross Jr.) Miley, Marilyn Diventi, Rev. Connie (Rev. Brian) Palmer; Grandchildren: Dawn (Nathan) Withers, Amber (Josh) Earleywine, Moriah and Lindsay Palmer; Great Grandchildren: Cassie (Andy) Amador, Isaac Withers and twins girls Emery and Londyn Earleywine; Great-Great Granddaughters: Aliyah Amador; as well as Floyd’s 13 brothers and sisters living in Texas/Kansas/OK that she had always called her own: Norma Compton Ekey, Betty Hensley, Pat Frazier, Dean Major, Margie Negri, Jaynell Manuel, Jerry Lee, Jimmy Lee, Michael Lee, Tim Lee, Dennis Lee, Denise Lee Samples and Gaylene Lee Wheetley(deceased).
    She is preceded in death by her Husband, Floyd Lee; Daughter Judy Lynn Lee; Mother Thelma, Father Clayton, Sisters: Barbara Moore and Shirley Harrell; Brother Sonny (Clayton Jr), Adopted mom, Gracie Lee.

Services

  • Memorial Service to Celebrate Margie's Life will be conducted at a later date.

Memories

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Sheryl Militello

March 28, 2020

Your Mom always was full of JOY! She loved God, her church and family. It showed through her beautiful smile.

Marilyn DiVenti

March 27, 2020

THE GREATEST TREASURE

“The greatest treasure in the world is not found beneath the earth.
It’s bounty has been with me all my life from the very moment of my birth.

When opened, there is no gold or silver and it isn’t hard to find.
It comes with unconditional love
and gives me peace of mind.

When times are tough and I get down it’s the treasure I was given
that gently smiles and always says
“I love you and you’re forgiven.”

I wonder how she always knew what I was feeling everyday, and when she held me in her arms knowing just the right words to say.

Yes, the greatest treasure in the world could only come from God above. It is the tender, gentle heart that is my Mother’s Love.”

I love you Mom,
~Marilyn


Margie Negri

March 27, 2020

In my previous shared memory the photo I took did not include all the family so I ask that you disregard last photo and accept this one . So sorry. Didn’t realize until it was printed

Mike & Margie Negri

March 27, 2020

Margie, Pearl of Great Price!!!! She was certainly that during all 83 years of her life. Even tho she was my sister in law, all our family considered her our sister. She was so gifted and talented in sewing and one of greatest cooks, especially her pecan pie. She loved the Lord with all her heart and in the last years after her retirement, she volunteered at her church to help with church bulletins and other needs there. She had the gift of hospitality. She and Floyd raised their four daughters to follow their footsteps of “ loving God and loving others.” Her light may have gone out here but she was transported to a heavenly light right near her Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Karli Weber

March 26, 2020

I don’t think I ever once saw your mom without a joyful smile across her face!
My prayers are with your family~

Tonya Hawthorne

March 26, 2020

My first memories of your mom was at Virginia Ave. Church of God. Her smile and her love for Jesus. How proud she was of her children. How much she loved her husband. And all the times God would move in the services. I remember her face the day Ross and Sharon got married. Mostly how she loved God.

Norma Ramirez-Borrero

March 26, 2020

Gonna miss your Mama hugs ❤️

Jerry & Jana Lee

March 25, 2020

Margie Lee was one of the most Godly women I have ever met. Her unwavering faith in the Lord gave her strength to believe God would take care of any adversity or challenge her family encountered! Margie took time to be a positive influence and a blessing to all those she
met. We love and miss her, and know we will once again see her "at the house"!!!

Jerry & Jana Lee

Dawn Withers

March 25, 2020

Jim & Andrea Lee

March 25, 2020

Rest well sweet Margie in the arms of God. Absent of the body is to be in the presence of the Lord. Margie was our sister-in-law & is now reunited in Heaven with our brother & her husband, Floyd, as well as, her daughter & our niece, Judy. They are all celebrating behind the pearly gates of Heaven awaiting our arrival. We will see y’all again someday. Margie left behind a legacy of three beautiful daughters & their families, as well as, so many others. We will miss her smiling face, those strong hugs & kisses, along with her laughter & great advice on many subjects. RIP sweet Margie. We Love You ❤️Jimmy, Andrea. & family.

FROM THE FAMILY