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Patricia Almira Lee

Patricia Almira Lee, 74, of Orrick, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014 at the NorthCare Hospice House in North Kansas City, with her loving children at her side.

Pat, as she was best known, was born Jan. 27, 1940 in Terre Haute, Ind., to Thomas A. “Red” Stapleton and Mildred E. (Ward) Stapleton.

Pat live in Kansas City while growing up, but lived most of her life in the Orrick and Fleming communities. She was united in marriage to Jerry Marion Lee June 4, 1957. He preceded her in death May 7, 2009.

Pat had worked various jobs at the Orrick Public Schools and had also worked for Russ Pendleton Farms near Orrick, but her main duties were that of a wife, mother and grandmother. Pat played the role of mom to many kids in the Orrick area. She was kind, loving and eager to give a helping hand when needed. She was a member of the Orrick First Baptist Church.

She is survived by sons, David R. Lynn and Bud Edward Lee (Sheila) of Orrick.; daughters, Donna Daugherty (Mike) of Overland Park, Kan., Penny Fanning (Chuck) of Raytown, Hassie Lee and Nancy Glynn (Michael) of Richmond; brothers, Robert Stapleton of Creighton, Thomas Stapleton of Springfield, and Phillip “Bossy” Stapleton of Philip, S.D.; sisters, Sondra Stapleton of Orrick, and Mary Ann Holt of Richmond; 20 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren. Pat is also survived by many nieces, nephews and numerous kids of the community as well as a host of friends.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas A. and Mildred E. Stapleton, her husband, Jerry M. “Bud” Lee, and a son, Ernest D. Lee in 1992.

The family suggest memorial contributions be made to NorthCare Hospice House, Attention: Development Office, 2800 Clay Edwards Drive, 10th floor, North Kansas City, MO 64116-3220.

The family will greet friends from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 19, with funeral services following at 11:30 a.m. at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick.  Burial will follow services at South Point Cemetery, near Orrick.

Arrangements by Gowing Funeral Home, Orrick.

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