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Nancy Ann Newton Lee

Nancy Ann Newton Lee

July 12, 1941 -
March 14, 2014

Loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, Nancy Ann Newton Lee, passed away on March 14, 2014, at the age of 72. She was born July 12, 1941, in Hollywood, CA, to parents Errol MacDonald Newton and Evelyn Ruth Dutrow Newton, both natives of South Dakota. Nancy grew up in Tarzana and Canoga Park, CA, and attended Canoga Park High School, graduating in 1957. During her teenage years she worked at Green Thumb Nursery and Hardware, of which her father was a partner. She received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Education from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, in 1960, and moved to Long Beach, CA, with her two best friends where she began her teaching career with Long Beach Unified School District. Nancy worked as a 5th grade teacher at Burnett Elementary School, and later worked as a child psychologist for LBUSD after receiving a Master's of Science degree in Psychology from Long Beach State University in 1962. She was wed to her loving husband, C. Olaf Lee, of New Orleans, LA, August 17, 1963, and they celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2013. Nancy put her career on hold in 1973 when the first of her and Olaf's three children entered kindergarten and became a full-time homemaker and mother to the Nth degree. She served on the PTA at Kettering Elementary, Hill Junior High, and Wilson High Schools in Long Beach from 1973-1989, serving time as PTA president at each school over the years. Nancy also ran for a LBUSD school board seat in 1979 and co-authored two multi-cultural educational books, "Hands on Heritage" (1980) and "Tacos, Tempura, and Teem-Gok" (1983). She was also an enthusiastic fan and benefactor of theater and musical arts, a long-time member of the Canoga Park Friends of Taxco sister city group, and a voracious reader and traveler. Nancy was a positive influence on everyone she met and leaves many, many wonderful friends behind. She was a fierce believer that you should smother people with kindness to make this world a better place and she practiced her art ingeniously, bestowing her gifts of good will and love to all of those who touched her life in any way. Nancy is survived by her husband, C. Olaf Lee, and her devoted children; Lara Lee Kurutz, Karin Lee and son-in-law Bobby Knight, and Christian Lee and daughter-in-law Tina Thomson Lee, along with her 11 grandchildren; Sophie Cummings, Claire Castrejon, Chloe Lim, Eve Kurutz, Sam Kurutz, Zachary Castrejon, Casey Knight, Jesse Knight, Cornelius Lee, Nancy Knight, and Penelope Lee . Nancy is also survived by her many kids that she and Olaf hosted as exchange students over the years, all of which she loved as children of her own and took in as permanent members of her always growing "FamLee". Some of her "kids" include Ole Martin Mortvedt, Pedro Thomas (P.T.) Castrejon, Jose Juan (Pepejon) Castrejon, Alvaro Diaz, and Lety Diaz; as well as Nancy's "sister", Elizabeth (Chabela) Castrejon. Nancy also leaves behind many dedicated friends and a countless amount of now grown "kids" who gathered at her table over the years and were raised on her motherly advice and unfaltering love and support. She loved so greatly and will be missed by so many. Services: March 27, 2014 at 11:30am, Christ Lutheran Church, Long Beach, CA. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the LBUSD Education Foundation Nancy Lee Memorial Fund to benefit Long Beach Schools Music, Sports, and College Bound Kids Programs. You can donate online at www.lbschools.net/Community/Education_Foundation/ or call (562) 997-8054. Tax deductible gifts may also be sent to: Long Beach Education Foundation, 1515 Hughes Way, Long Beach 90810. Please designate Nancy Lee Memorial Fund in check memo. Please sign the guestbook
at www.presstelegram.com/obits.

Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from Mar. 21 to Mar. 23, 2014
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