Frances S. Lee was born on January 27, 1916 to George and Bessie (Justra) Steckel in rural Letcher. She lived on the family farm northeast of Letcher with her parents and siblings. She attended Steckl school for seven years, graduated from Mitchell High School in 1933, and attended Nettleton Commercial College in Sioux Falls SD. She was employed at Automotive Supply and then moved to Richland WA, where she did medical transcription for several doctors at Kadlec Hospital.
Frances married Ray Lee on June 26, 1959 in Coeur d' Alene, ID. He was a mechanic and they had their own business in which she was the bookkeeper and “gofer”.
They retired and moved to Chandler AZ where they enjoyed their friends and neighbors and also the warm weather. In the summer, they camped in the mountains of Arizona or headed north to visit family and friends. She enjoyed knitting, especially dish cloths, playing bingo and pinochle, and emailing friends and family.
Frances is survived by her stepson, Darrell Lee, San Antonio, TX; nieces: Pat Nowak, Plankinton, Ken (Rosemary) Hanson, Washington, IA, Bob (Rita) Steckel, Letcher, Joanne (Gus) Nelson, Letcher, Judy (Darrell) Olson, Mitchell and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; her parents, brother, Albert Steckel and sisters: Florence Hanson and Ilene Moody.
Per Frances' request, there will be no services.