Mrs. Marie Lee Noel, 93, of Petersburg, Va., and the Golden Living Center – Walnut Hill, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.

Marie was the daughter of the late Richard Edward Lee and Maggie Vaughan Lee. She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel O. Noel.

Mrs. Noel is survived by her sisters, Mrs. Maggie L. Patton and Mrs. Sylvia L. Martin (Filmore) of Petersburg, Va.; two caring nieces, Mrs. Chyrel M. Cutler of Petersburg, Va., and Mrs. Ethel Nottingham (Ronald) of Richmond, Va.; a caring nephew, Mr. Vatell L. Martin (Rekita) of Chesterfield County, Va., and a host of great-nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved. She is also survived by caregivers and friends, Mrs. MaryAnne Bailey, Mrs. Nancy Crocker, Ms. Brenda Jones, all of Petersburg, and Mr. Charles and Mrs. Marion Utley of New Jersey.

She was a member of the 1940 graduating class of Peabody High School, received a Certificate of Dry Cleaning from Virginia State College and did further educational study in New Jersey. She held several positions in area cleaners and linen companies before moving to Washington, D.C., and New Jersey, where she taught pre-school. She also worked alongside her husband in their income tax business.

Upon returning to Petersburg, Marie re-established her membership at her beloved Tabernacle Baptist Church, where she worked tirelessly until her health declined. Marie will be remembered by her friends and loved ones as a kind, caring, giving, and quiet woman of great faith. She loved people, especially children, music – she loved to sing, and she enjoyed traveling with her husband.

A funeral service for Mrs. Marie V. Lee Noel will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at the Chapel of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., the Rev. Dr. Robert A. Diggs Sr., eulogist. The interment to follow at Little Church Street Cemetery.

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mrs. Noel at

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911,

Funeral Home

J. M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc.
102 South Avenue  Petersburg, VA 23803

Published in The Progress-Index from Feb. 14 to Feb. 17, 2013