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Lee Talcott died peacefully Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at home in Tacoma, Wash. and is at home with Jesus her personal Lord and Savior.
She was born Dec. 19, 1919, near Geraldine, Mont., the daughter of Homer and Alma Taylor. Her sister, Evelyn, predeceased her.
Lee attended Great Falls, Montana High School, graduating in 1938. She was a member of the National Honor Society and Worthy Advisor of Rainbow Girls. She attended the Universities of Washington and Montana and graduated from the University of Oregon in 1942 with a BA in Sociology. She was a member of Alpha Phi national Sorority.
She married Burt L. Talcott Sept. 6, 1942, in Great Falls. When her husband was assigned overseas with the Army Air Corps during WWII, she moved to Seattle, with her sister. Burt became a POW for thirteen months, during which time their son, Ron was born June 28, 1944.
After her husband was discharged from military service, their family moved to Palo Alto while Burt completed Law School at Stanford. They then moved to Salinas in 1948, where she became involved in numerous volunteer community projects. She held several leadership positions with the American Red Cross, including 25 years as a Grey Lady (beginning at Fort Ord); she was Regional Director for central California of the American Field Service (international scholarship exchange program for high school senior students) and helped chaperone 680 students to Europe one summer; a Director of Guide Dogs for the Blind; Member of the Junior Women's club well-baby Clinic for migratory workers; a Member of PEO sisterhood; a Member of Entree Nous, a women's social society; a Den mother for eight Cubs, all of whom became Eagles – a Guinness record until recently.
When her husband was elected to the House of Representatives in 1962, she continued her public service in our Nation's Capital. She volunteered again as a Grey Lady and served at the Washington Home for Incurables and Hospice, where she became a director. She was an active member of the Congressional Club, an organization of U. S. Congressional, Cabinet and Supreme Court spouses, where she was editor and publisher of a major cookbook project and President of the Club during the 92nd Congress.
The Talcotts moved to Gig Harbor, Wash. in 1986 to be closer to their son's family in Tacoma. Ron is a graduate of the USAF Academy and is retired from the Air Force and as a senior instructor pilot for The Boeing Company. Their daughter-in-law, Gigi Talcott, a former resident of Carmel and Pacific Grove, was a teacher and a seven-term state Representative. Grandson, Scott Talcott with his wife, Marie, and children, Sierra, Natalie and Seth live in Boise, Idah. Grandson, Burt T. Talcott with his wife, Mary, and children, Taylor, Nicole and Ben live in Fircrest, Wash.
Lee and her husband moved Nov. 2009, to the Weatherly Inn, 6016 N. Highlands Parkway No. 271, Tacoma, Wash. 98406; telephone 253-830-3824; e-mail [email protected]
Memorial service: Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Harbor Covenant Church in Gig Harbor, Wash.


Published in The Salinas Californian on Aug. 25, 2010
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