MARLENE ‘MITZI’ LEE

m-lee-webphoto.jpgMarlene “Mitzi” Lee, of Mora, died on Monday, November 3, 2008. She was 70 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, November 7th at Akkerman-Ingebrand Chapel in Mora. VISITATION will be from 10:00-11:00 A.M., one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Marlene “Mitzi” E. Lee, age 70, died November 3, 2008 at her home in Mora, MN. She was born January 26, 1938 to Marion and Elaine (Griffith) Higginbotham at Kelly Lake, MN. Mitzi grew up in Kelly Lake and lived with her grandmother, Alma McKee for a time.

Mitzi raised 3 children in Hibbing and Staples. She went back to school in Eveleth, MN for training as an Optical Technician. She moved to Staples in 1970 to work for Benson Optical. She worked for them for 19 years. When Benson Optical closed, Mitzi returned to school to become a Graphic Artist. She moved to Mora in 1992 to work in the Graphics Department at Fingerhut. When Fingerhut closed, retirement was Mitzi’s main goal. Mitzi was an avid bowler while she lived in Staples. She loved to knit and crochet.

Mitzi is preceded in death by an infant son, Jody A. Lee, her parents Elaine and Marion, her Grandmother, Alma, and stepfather, John Korhonen.

Mitzi is survived by her daughter Penny R. Lee of Hibbing; sons Michael L. Lee of Mora, and Bruce D. Lee of Staples; her special companion of 21 years, Duane Doty of Mora; sister Joyce (Richard) Baxter of Cambridge; nephews Rick Baxter, Terry (Debbie) Baxter; nieces Cheryl (Dave) Rogers, Connie (Terry) Knutson; Duane’s daughters Tamara (Chad) Kreutzer of St. Cloud and Angela Asbury of Charlotte, NC. Other relatives and friends also survive. Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.

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