Mrs. Elaine J. Lee, of Chesterfield County, Va., departed this life early Sunday morning, June 15, 2014, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.
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She was born on Aug. 14, 1940, in Chesterfield County, Va., daughter of the late Montgomery Coleman and Elaine Manson Coleman. Elaine was also preceded in death by her grandparents, six aunts and four uncles. She was the widow of Milton L. Lee Sr., who passed in 2009.
Elaine joined Union Grove Baptist Church, Chesterfield, at an early age and was an active member until her health began to decline. Elaine was a member of the Pulpit Hospitality Society (now Hospitality Ministry) and the Missionary Ministry. In addition, she had served on the homecoming committee and the church directory committee. For more than 35 years, she served faithfully as the custodian for the church. She found much pleasure in decorating different areas in the church during holidays and seasonal changes.
Elaine was educated in the public schools of Chesterfield County and was a graduate (Class of 1959) of George Washington Carver High School in Chester, Va. She attended Virginia State College (now University) with a major in home economics.
Elaine was employed in retail at Montgomery Ward and later Rose's Department Store (Colonial Heights), Cooperative Extension Service 4-H Program, and a housekeeper in private homes.
In December 1961, Elaine and Milton L. Lee were joined in holy matrimony, and to that union three loving and devoted children were born, Milton L. Lee Jr. (devoted friend, Alma) of Carson, Va., Kevin M. Lee Sr. (daughter-in-law, Jackie Lee) of Chesterfield, Va., and Cheryl L. Anderson (son-in-law, Luther P. Anderson) of Chester, Va. In addition, her memory will be cherished by her sister, Gracie M. Coleman of Richmond, Va.; oldest/baby brother (as Elaine called him), John F. Coleman (sister-in-law, Diane Coleman) of Sutherland, Va.; two loving grandchildren, Emanuel H. Lee and Kevin M. Lee Jr., both of Chesterfield, Va.; brother-in-law, Albert Lee of Petersburg; two stepgrandchildren of Powhatan, Va.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, among them Rosa L. Manson of Petersburg, numerous friends, and caring hairstylist, Artie Sizemore of Chesterfield.
The family expresses thanks to Gentiva Hospice, private nurse Yvette Cook and the Phillips Volunteer Fire Department.
Service for Mrs. Elaine J. Lee will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Union Grove Baptist Church, 19111 Church Road, South Chesterfield (Petersburg, Va.); the Rev. Dr. Vincent N. Meekins Jr., pastor of Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church, Woodruff, S.C., eulogist. Interment will be held at the Lee Family Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at 16316 Exter Mill Road, Petersburg, Va.
Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mrs. Lee at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911,www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Published in The Progress-Index from June 16 to June 19, 2014