Wilma Marie Lee
1922 - 2020
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Wilma Marie Lee
Aug. 7, 1922 - March 9, 2020
Wilma Marie Lee stepped into Eternity March 9, 2020 at the age of 97. Ms. Lee was one of the first people to die of Covid-19 in Elk Grove, Calif.
Wilma Sackmann was born Aug. 7, 1922 to Martin and Caroline Sackmann on a wheat farm near Odessa, Wash. Wilma had five other siblings: Martha, Bertha, Herbert, Richard, and Milton. She was the last surviving Sackmann sibling.
A one-room school house was where Wilma went to elementary school.
She graduated from Odessa High School in June 1940. As a freshman, Wilma attended the University of Washington before transferring to Eastern Washington College of Education. World War II caused a break in her pursuit of a college degree.
Wilma traveled to San Antonio, Texas to marry her high school sweetheart, Leslie W. Lee, Jr., where he was training as a pilot. They were married Sept. 12, 1943. While Les was away at war, Wilma taught school in Harrington, Wash., until the war ended. Leslie and Wilma then completed their degrees at Eastern Washington.
Eventually, both Leslie and Wilma finished their education careers in the Portland Public School District. Leslie died at the age of 54 in 1976. Wilma retired from teaching at Markham Middle School in 1980. She used her retirement years to support education, music, and young people through her PEO chapter, Monday Musical, Trillium Family Services, OMSI, and Multnomah Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by her two children and their spouses, Ronald (Cathy) Lee of Wenatchee, Wash., and Barbara (Rick) Hull of Elk Grove, Calif. She is also survived by five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, to whom she gave her love and constant encouragement. Wilma moved to Elk Grove in 2019 to be closer to family. She enjoyed holiday and family events, but her heart was still in Portland with all of her friends.
A private service was held Oct. 16, 2020 at Portland Memorial Mausoleum. Gifts in Wilma Lee's memory may be made to Multnomah Presbyterian Church or Trillium Family Services.
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Published in The Oregonian from Oct. 13 to Oct. 18, 2020.
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October 18, 2020
I taught with Wilma at Markham for years. I came there as a first-year teacher and she was so supportive and thoughtful. As I drove down 45th yesterday and passed her street, I thought to myself, "I wonder if Wilma still lives there?" I hope all of your memories will help you through the loss of your mom and grandmother.
She enriched the lives of everyone who knew her.
Allison Dumble-Mudrick
October 18, 2020
Wilma was very special! When I moved to Portland in 1993 She contacted me, as a PEO member, and invited me to visit her chapter. I did and soon transferred to Chapter CH where she was the current president. Her calm, good sense, kindness and, especially her wonderful laugh were a joy. I have dearly missed her since her move to California, but am so glad she could spend her last years with her much-loved family. She lives in my heart and memory...
Terry Grant
October 16, 2020
Wilma was a treasured friend that exuded qualities of kindness, patience, happiness of spirit and a excellent virtuous mind. Born on my grandmothers birthday she mirrored in my mind the beauty of spending time with and learning from my gram. I feel very thankful to have known, learned from and enjoyed her.
Janet Liharik
October 13, 2020
What a nice obituary for Wilma Lee! She was a great supporter and participant of Monday Musical Club of Portland, serving as the club’s President from 1986 to 1988. She enjoyed singing in the chorus and being with friends. Her family has our deepest condolences.
Grant Porter
Monday Musical Club of Portland
Grant Porter
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