Mary Ann Lee

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A funeral service for Mary Ann Lee, 83, will be Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Women's Army Corps Chapel, Fort McClellan. Friends and family will receive visitors one hour prior to the chapel service on Sunday. A public visitation will be held at K.L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center, in Jacksonville, 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Interment will take place at Anniston Memorial Gardens in Anniston. A public reception will be held at a location to be announced, following the service. She died on Monday, September 26, 2016 in Piedmont. She is survived by six nieces, Karen Lee, Mary (Jef) Gates, Anna (Gabe) Kehoe, Lili Lee, Melissa Craig-Lee and Samantha (David) Blosser; four nephews, Stephen (Priscilla) Lee, Daniel (Zulema) Lee, Gregory (Shea) Lee and Joseph Lee, and her best friend of 62 years, Command Sergeant Major Helen Johnston. Command Sergeant Major Mary A. Lee was born June 23, 1933 in Woodstock, Illinois. After graduating from the Woodstock Illinois High School, she entered the United States Army in Chicago, Illinois on October 18, 1951. She completed basic training in December 1951 at Fort Lee, Va. and was then assigned as a student in the eight weeks Leadership Course, Class #82 at Fort Lee. Upon graduation, she was assigned as an assistant platoon sergeant in a WAC Basic Training Company at Fort Lee. In October 1953, she was reassigned to the WAC Detachment in Munich, Germany as the Company Clerk and later worked as a personnel specialist. In 1959, CSM Lee was assigned to the Providence, Rhode Island Recruiting Main Station as a WAC Recruiter for the state of Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. In 1966 she was transferred to Rochester, N.Y. as the WAC Recruiter and later reassigned to Albany, N.Y. In January 1970 she was assigned to Company B, WAC Training Battalion where she served as First Sergeant until December 1974. In January 1975, she was selected for and reassigned to the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy as a student in Class #5. Upon graduation from the academy she was then sent to I Corps (ROK/US) Group at Camp Red Cloud, Korea. While at I Corps, she served as the Special Troops Sergeant Major and later as the Sergeant Major in the Office of the Secretary of the General Staff. Upon departing Korea in July 1976, she was appointed to the rank of Command Sergeant Major and returned to Fort McClellan as the Command Sergeant Major, Headquarters Battalion, U.S. WAC Center and School. After deactivation of Headquarters Batallion, in October 1976, she was assigned as the Command Sergeant Major of the Military Police Student Officer Battalion, Training Brigade, Fort McClellan. Her awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Army Commendation Medal with 2 OLC, Good Conduct Medal (8th Award), National Defense Service Medal with cluster, Occupation Medal (Germany), Korean Defense Service Medal and Sharpshooter (Rifle M-16) with Rifle Bar. After retirement she attended Ayers State Technical College and was graduated with a diploma for the satisfactory completion of courses in Bookkeeping and Accounting. CSM Lee worked as a volunteer with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program Advisory Council of Calhoun County and at the Fort McClellan Noble Army Hospital Emergency Room. She was an active member and officer on the Jacksonville Meals on Wheels council, and a member of the retiree council at Fort McClellan. She served as a second vice-president, chaplain and president of the Women's Army Corps Heritage Chapter 62 and as lst Vice President of the Women's Army Corps Foundation for 18 years and as President for one year. She was a sustaining partner of the Friends of the Army Women's Museum Association and a registered member of WIMSA, DAV, American Association of Retired Persons and the Armed Forces Top Enlisted Association. On February 5, 1989, The Anniston Star named her "One of Ten" who made a difference in Calhoun County. Command Sergeant Major Lee was preceded in death by her parents, Ole and Amy Lee; three brothers, Robert Lee, Delbert (Helen) Lee and David Lee, and one nephew, Jeffrey Lee. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of the Army Women's Museum Association, P.O. Box 1027, Prince George, VA 23875. Online condolences may be made to the family at K.L. Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Center 322 Nisbet St., N.W., Jacksonville, AL 36265 256-435-7042
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Published in The Anniston Star on Sept. 28, 2016
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