Elizabeth Fee Passed away unexpectedly in San Francisco on February 15, 2012. She was 88. Libby, as she was known to her friends and family, was born in 1924 in Santa Barbara, where she was raised. She attended the Santa Barbara Girls School and graduated from Santa Barbara High School. Mrs. Fee attended U.C. Berkeley, receiving her bachelor's degree in Political Science in 1945. While working in Santa Barbara after college, she met her husband, Joseph M. Fee, while his U.S. Navy ship was in dry dock for repairs. She was married in 1948 and accompanied her husband to Boston while he worked for an advanced degree. During her stay in Boston, she began fashion modeling in local stores to supplement the family income. She moved to San Francisco in 1951. Before her first child was born, Mrs. Fee was a popular fashion model, working for Union Square department stores and fashion boutiques at a time when memory of wartime austerity was still vivid. Her expertise lent itself to her chairing the Fashion Show of the Junior League of San Francisco for two years. Mrs. Fee was an active volunteer in many charitable organizations, assuming several leadership roles - she was an officer of ARCS, a board member of Guide Dogs for the Blind, and President of the Women's Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums. Mrs. Fee was an avid tennis player and sports enthusiast. She was a member of the California Tennis Club, the Lagunitas Country Club, and the Town and Country Club. She loved art and history, especially portraiture and biography, and was a prolific reader. Her inquiring mind, compassion, and lively sense of humor made her good company. She was an engaging conversationalist and an elegant hostess. She was a fiercely loyal spouse, mother, grandmother, and friend, offering comfort, encouragement, and perspective in abundance. Her greatest love and devotion, her pride and joy, was her family. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Joseph M. Fee, Jr., her brother Leland M. Crawford, Jr., her daughters Laura Elizabeth Rees and Nancy H. Fee, her sons-in-law Nigel A. Rees and Peter G. Platt, Jr., and her grandchildren Amanda F. Mulay, Natalie E. Mulay, Isabella O. Rees, and Jordy A. Fee-Platt. Mrs. Fee loved to sing and from the age of four, was gifted with an ability to play piano by ear, filling her home with music. The music has stopped but it will be remembered. Donations in her memory may be made to Youth Tennis Advantage (http://www.youthtennis.org/Giving/Give_Now.htm ) or ARCS Foundation Northern California ( http://www.arcsfoundation.org/northern_california/ ). Private services were held in Santa Barbara.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on April 8, 2012