OBITUARY

Nancy Jean Lee

January 5, 1943April 28, 2019
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Nancy Jean Lee was born to Oren V. “Virgil” and Claudia M. (Lucas) Hulse in Longview, Washington on January 5, 1943. She was sister to Jeanette, Leroy, and Carl. Her earliest childhood years were spent on the family’s 200 acre farm in Vader, Washington. In Vader, the young family lived in a home built by Nancy’s grandfather. The family later relocated to Scappoose, Oregon. Nancy was baptized in the original Warren Baptist Church. The family later moved to West Portland. Nancy attended Markham Elementary. She graduated from Wilson High School in 1961.

Following high school, Nancy went on to study cosmetology at McGee Brothers Beauty School of Cosmetology. She became a licensed cosmetologist at the age of 19.

She met Ramon B “Ray” Lee in 1963. The two were introduced by a mutual friend; they met in downtown Portland. Their first date was at Carmen’s, a restaurant in the Hollywood district. The two were married in on February 8, 1964 at West Portland United Methodist Church.

Nancy’s primary lifelong occupation was the role of loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was also a foster mother to over 30 newborns. Beyond these important roles, Nancy worked outside the home as well. She served as a volunteer for Beaverton School District for 3 ½ years. Her time as a volunteer led Nancy into to a 24 ½ years long career as an instructional assistant for Beaverton Schools. Nancy initiated the pilot program that was to become the in-school suspension program for Beaverton School District and Five Oaks Junior High. Nancy loved cherished her time with the school district. Throughout the years, Nancy continued in her practice of cosmetology.

Some of Nancy’s hobbies and interests included gardening, flowers, crocheting, babysitting, and styling hair. She enjoyed family time at the ocean, going camping, playing games and just enjoying quality time with her loved ones. She was a spirited collector of snowmen of all shapes and sizes. Another passion was Avon Jewelry. Her favorite dessert was pecan cluster Blizzards. Her favorite kind of pies were lemon meringue and marionberry. Her preferred flavor of ice cream was black licorice. Her beverage of choice was chai tea.

Nancy lived her life with a love for God and with a spirit of service to others. She will be remembered for her kindness, her soft spoken nature, and for her generosity. It has been said that Nancy was the most nurturing person one could ever meet. Known as “Grandma Nancy” to many, she loved babies, children, and people. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Nancy is predeceased by her parents Virgil and Claudia Hulse.

Nancy is survived by her husband of 55 years, Ray Lee; sister, Jeanette Fishback; brothers: Leroy (spouse Kathy) Hulse and Carl (spouse Jenny) Hulse; son, Scott (spouse Angela) Lee; daughter, Melinda (spouse Dan) Ferguson; grandchildren: Shelby Esquivel, Josie Lee, Jackson Lee, Codey VanHoof, Ryan Ferguson, and Lucas Ferguson; and her loyal pet companion Minnie.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Bethany Baptist Church, 4545 NW Kaiser Road, on May 18th, 2019, at 2pm.

Nancy will be privately laid to rest in Skyline Memorial Gardens of Portland, OR, in the garden of Everlasting Life.

Remembrances in lieu of flowers may be made to the charitable organization of your choice. Please visit the guestbook portion of this site and enter a special memory or message. Thank you

Services

  • A Celebration of Life Saturday, May 18, 2019

Memories

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Christine Barden

May 12, 2019

I always enjoyed working with Nancy at Aloha High School. No matter how unhappy pupils might have been with their disciplinary situations, she treated them with kindness, gentleness and respect. My condolences on her family’s loss.

Kathey Schaer

May 11, 2019

What I remember most about Nancy was her bubbly spirt. She would always greet you with a big smile and always had interesting news to share . She embraced you with her kindness, and always made you feel when she was talking to you , you were the most important person to her at that time. I know you are in a restful place, but will be missed very much.Rest in peace Nancy❤️

Beve Anderson

May 9, 2019

Remembering all of our trips to the coast. WE always had a great time. Then there was the Spring break trip when I ran into snow coming over the pass and met you in Tillamook. It even snowed on the coast that time. I shall miss going with you. I will miss our Monday morning coffees at QFC Starbucks. You were a dear friend and will be dearly missed. I love you always! Beve

Duane Dunham Dunham

May 9, 2019

As her temporary pastor, I met Nancy in the church she and her beloved Ray were active members, and regularly in their pew to hear God's word and encourage their friends and pastor. There was always a sweet smile, a warm handshake when I met her at the conclusion of the message. Happy laughter and several meals at "Busters" punctuated our friendship that she extended after church events.

She was so energetic that it is difficult to think of her terminal weakness that finally took her life. She will be severely missed by all who knew and loved her. Our prayers are with Ray as he deals with these difficult times.

Cindy Krogh

May 8, 2019

You will always hold a special place in our Monday morning Starbucks meetings! You will be missed dear friend. I am thankful you are now pain free and able to meet your Heavenly Father. Enjoy reuniting with all your friends and family.
I love you and miss you Nancy.

Kristen Snoozy

May 8, 2019

I have so many beautiful memories of Nancy as I grew up. She always kept a beautiful home and was an excellent role model as a mother and wife. I remember so many times my family getting together with Nancy and Ray for "Bunco" or meals together. They also invited us up to their campsite in The Dalles for many years. I especially remember Nancy always being kind and patient. She had a wonderful smile and laugh and I remember her saying "for the fact that" quite often. She was small in stature but a force to be reckoned with if necessary. She loved her family dearly and they were the number one priority in her life along with her faith in God.

I know it is only a matter of time before we will see Nancy again, but because she was such an amazing and kind person she is missed so very much.
We love the Lee family. Our prayers and love go out to you at this time.

Ryan Branin

May 7, 2019

We offer our deepest condolences at this time.

Yours in support,

Ryan H. Branin, Janelle Irwin, and the staff of Skyline Memorial Gardens Funeral Home

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Biography

Nancy Jean Lee was born to Oren V. “Virgil” and Claudia M. (Lucas) Hulse in Longview, Washington on January 5, 1943. She was sister to Jeanette, Leroy, and Carl. Her earliest childhood years were spent on the family’s 200 acre farm in Vader, Washington. In Vader, the young family lived in a home built by Nancy’s grandfather. The family later relocated to Scappoose, Oregon. Nancy was baptized in the original Warren Baptist Church. The family later moved to West Portland. Nancy attended Markham Elementary. She graduated from Wilson High School in 1961.

Following high school, Nancy went on to study cosmetology at McGee Brothers Beauty School of Cosmetology. She became a licensed cosmetologist at the age of 19.

She met Ramon B “Ray” Lee in 1963. The two were introduced by a mutual friend; they met in downtown Portland. Their first date was at Carmen’s, a restaurant in the Hollywood district. The two were married in on February 8, 1964 at West Portland United Methodist Church.

Nancy’s primary lifelong occupation was the role of loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was also a foster mother to over 30 newborns. Beyond these important roles, Nancy worked outside the home as well. She served as a volunteer for Beaverton School District for 3 ½ years. Her time as a volunteer led Nancy into to a 24 ½ years long career as an instructional assistant for Beaverton Schools. Nancy initiated the pilot program that was to become the in-school suspension program for Beaverton School District and Five Oaks Junior High. Nancy loved cherished her time with the school district. Throughout the years, Nancy continued in her practice of cosmetology.

Some of Nancy’s hobbies and interests included gardening, flowers, crocheting, babysitting, and styling hair. She enjoyed family time at the ocean, going camping, playing games and just enjoying quality time with her loved ones. She was a spirited collector of snowmen of all shapes and sizes. Another passion was Avon Jewelry. Her favorite dessert was pecan cluster Blizzards. Her favorite kind of pies were lemon meringue and marionberry. Her preferred flavor of ice cream was black licorice. Her beverage of choice was chai tea.

Nancy lived her life with a love for God and with a spirit of service to others. She will be remembered for her kindness, her soft spoken nature, and for her generosity. It has been said that Nancy was the most nurturing person one could ever meet. Known as “Grandma Nancy” to many, she loved babies, children, and people. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.
Nancy is predeceased by her parents Virgil and Claudia Hulse.

Nancy is survived by her husband of 55 years, Ray Lee; sister, Jeanette Fishback; brothers: Leroy (spouse Kathy) Hulse and Carl (spouse Jenny) Hulse; son, Scott (spouse Angela) Lee; daughter, Melinda (spouse Dan) Ferguson; grandchildren: Shelby Esquivel, Josie Lee, Jackson Lee, Codey VanHoof, Ryan Ferguson, and Lucas Ferguson; and her loyal pet companion Minnie.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Bethany Baptist Church, 4545 NW Kaiser Road, on May 18th, 2019, at 2pm.

Nancy will be privately laid to rest in Skyline Memorial Gardens of Portland, OR, in the garden of Everlasting Life.

Remembrances in lieu of flowers may be made to the charitable organization of your choice.
Please visit the guestbook portion of this site and enter a special memory or message. Thank you