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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