Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home

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Helen Lee Bright

April 24, 1926July 29, 2020

Bright, Helen “Tish” Lee affectionately known as “Bubba” by her grandchildren, passed away on July 29, 2020.

Tish was born April 24, 1926, one day shy of her brothers first birthday, in Mountain Home, Idaho to Worth Stickley Lee and Helen Scott Lee. Her lifelong nickname “Tish” came from her brother Buv’s early attempts to say sister.

She grew up the daughter of a livestock rancher who was the founder of The Elmore County Sheep Herder’s Association, President of The Bank of Mountain Home, and an Idaho State Senator. Tish rode horses, herded sheep and cattle, cooked for the hands and raised sheep dog puppies before turning them over to the Basque shepherds. At age 15 she left Mt. Home to attend Stephens College in MO. She then graduated from Stanford University with a degree in journalism. While at Stanford, Tish met Lewis D. Bright, who was a young Navy Lieutenant stationed in San Francisco at Moffett Field. They married on September 6, 1946 in Boise, Idaho and then moved to Nashville where they remained married for almost 64 years. She surely experienced culture shock when she arrived in “the south” but she easily made many lifelong friends.

Tish was wickedly smart, independent, astute, resolute, and a bit of a contrarian. She was active in the community, volunteering at Cheekwood, The Hermitage, and First Presbyterian Church. She always had an open door for her children’s friends to whom she offered acceptance, counsel and an endless supply of cookies. She was a phenomenal cook, a skilled seamstress, and had a passion for travel and adventure. She loved animals, mystery novels, and crossword puzzles. She will be remembered for her love and loyalty to her family, her sense of adventure, her cheerful attitude and her sense of humor (which to her is the most important quality a person can have).

She was predeceased by her brother, Worth Scott Lee, her husband Lew, and her son-in-law Bill White. She is survived by her children, Scotty White, Rusty Bright, Lee Lee (Wally) Dietz and grandchildren, Scott (Britni Kramarz) Dietz and Kerry (Daniel Bacigalupi) Dietz. There will be a private family service and internment at First Presbyterian Church. The family wishes to thank the nurses, staff and PALS at Belmont Village as well as Dr. David Allen.

Memorial donations may be made to the Nashville Humane Association or First Presbyterian Church.


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