Elma Isabel White Lee

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  • "Tot - All of us at the beach will forever miss your smiling..."
  • "Dearest Tot & her family, Her beauty, grace, sense of fun..."
    - Lynne McManus
  • "Tot, You have been such an inspiration to all of us. We..."
  • "Great Grandma, I love you and will miss you so very much. ..."
    - J. W.
  • "The Beach will miss you Tot, but we know that now you and..."
    - The Girls
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Elma Isabel White Lee

Tot Lee, age 99, passed away peacefully on March 17, 2011 at Harbor Care in Oak Harbor four months shy of her 100th birthday.
She was born on July 15, 1911 in Nutana, Saskatchewan, Canada the fourth child of Achilla White and Martha Hickson White. She was given the childhood name "Tot" for youngest which stayed with her throughout her life. Tot moved with her family to the United States in her teen years, settling in the Bremerton, WA area and graduating from Bremerton High School. During WWII she worked as a secretary for the Naval Department in Bremerton.
Tot was preceded in death by her parents, brother and sisters, her first husband Ray Moliter, her second husband Don Lee and one great grand-daughter, Samantha.
She is survived by her son, Robert (Carol) Moliter of Coupeville, WA; daughter, Sally (Sandy) Church of Hansville, WA; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.
Tot and Don Lee operated Lee Grocery Company of Everett for many years while living at Hermosa Beach near Marysville. Tot loved her waterfront home and many of the neighbors were her dearest friends. Don and Tot enjoyed fishing and traveling throughout the Pacific Northwest waters. Winters were spent in Palm Springs and Tot traveled throughout the world, often accompanied by either her brother or her sisters. Tot and Don were avid gardeners as well as belonging to the Everett Yacht Club for many years. Tot also was a member of the Port Gardner Ladies Golf Club since 1946 and was an active golfer into her early 90's. She remained an ardent Master Bridge player until the last couple of years. One of her favorite activities was attending the Marysville Strawberry Festival, not missing a parade for 54 consecutive years.
Donations may be made to an animal shelter of your choice as her most cherished companions in later life were her dog "Sadie" and her cat "Hazel." Another donation suggestion would be to any charity providing relief for Japan. When Tot was admitted to the Whidbey General Hospital Emergency Department on March 10 she insisted that there had been an earthquake that morning. The next day Japan was to suffer their devastating earthquake.
Notes of condolence may be left at soliefuneralhome andcrematory.com.

Published in The Herald (Everett) on Mar. 22, 2011
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