1919 - 2013
May Foote Lee (nee May Katharine Strangfeld) died on August 19, 2013 in Bennington, VT. She was affectionately known to her many friends as "Peter" and to her grandchildren and great grandchildren as "Petie."
Mrs. Lee was born on March 3, 1919 in Allendale, NJ, the fifth of six children of Clemens S. and Augusta (Hasselbach) Strangfeld. She graduated from Ramsey NJ High School in 1936, and earned her RN from the Roosevelt Hospital School of Nursing in NYC in 1940.
She married Charles C. Foote, MD, of New York, NY, on September 17, 1942. He was Medical Director for General Motors in New York City, and was on the Staff of Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, where he also maintained a private practice. They had three daughters whom they raised in Englewood, NJ and their summer residence in Cornwall, CT. Dr. Foote died in 1966.
In 1971, she married Earl G. Holmes, a retired Vice President of the Bank of New York, and they moved to Dorset, VT. After Mr. Holmes' death in 1988, she married James W. Lee, the former owner of The Barrows House in Dorset. Mr. Lee died in 1999. In 2005, Mrs. Lee moved to Equinox Village in Manchester, VT.
Mrs. Lee is survived by three daughters, Katharine (C. Brown) Lingamfelter of Stuart, FL, Janet Stones of Bethel, CT, and Cynthia Foote (Ward Hinkle) of Orchard Park, NY, by one brother, John (Jane) Strangfeld of Chatham, NJ, eight grandchildren (Christopher, Stacy, and Bronson Lingamfelter; Ian, Ben, and Katharine Stones; and Charlotte and Amanda Hinkle), and three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews; also by devoted members of her extended families, including Penelope and William Ludwin of Key Colony Beach, Florida. She was predeceased by her sister, A. Marian Strangfeld, and three brothers, William, Richard, and Edward (Lorraine).
Mrs. Lee served on the Boards of the Englewood NJ Hospital, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Southern Vermont, and the Dorset Nursing Association. She also served in many capacities at the Dorset Congregational Church, and as a docent at the Southern Vermont Art Center and Hildene in Manchester. She was a member of Ekwanok Country Club, the Dorset Field Club, and Manchester Garden Club. She was an excellent athlete, winning many club and regional tennis and platform tennis tournaments at her various clubs, including the Englewood Field Club in Englewood, NJ, and Cream Hill Lake Association in Cornwall, CT. She enjoyed traveling extensively in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.
A strong and dignified lady, Mrs. Lee gave and received respect. She had a lively and engaging way and a witty and occasionally mischievous manner. She cherished and supported her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.
Memorial services will be held at The Dorset Congregational Church on September 7, 2013. Interment will be at the George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, NJ on September 9, 2013.
Contributions may be sent to Dorset Nursing Association, PO Box 549, Dorset, VT 05255.
Published on NYTimes.com from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30, 2013