Mary Ruth Pearce Lee, age 91, passed from this earth into the arms of her Savior on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at her home in Wake Forest. She had lived independently until recently, when a hospital stay necessitated some in-home care.
Mary was born on November 30, 1925 in Rolesville to a large and loving farming family who “always had their needs met and some of their wants,” as she was apt to describe it. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Phil and Audrey Lee, and two granddaughters, Cameron and Meredith, all of Wake Forest. She is also survived by a sister, Elsie Shearon, a brother and sister-in-law, Everette and Lillian Pearce, and by many loving family members on both the Pearce and Lee sides. She was predeceased by her husband, Ira D. “Shorty” Lee, and her daughter, Mary Susan Lee.
Dedication to her family was her priority. She served in many volunteer roles over the years in the school and outside activities of Susan and Phil, while at the same time keeping the books and paying the bills for Lee Electrical Service and Ira D. Lee and Associates. Her family’s life was truly her life as she walked alongside them every step of the way.
She had a creative side and was known for writing poetry for special occasions or celebrations. Mary was a good cook whose penchant for “making mints” garnered her much notoriety at family events and were always a welcome part of any remembrance. Mary was a woman of faith, with a kind and gentle spirit, and had accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. We grieve her loss on earth but rejoice in knowing that she in in Heaven now, in the presence of our Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, August 12, from 6:00-8:00 pm at Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest, NC. A private entombment for all family members wishing to attend will take place on Sunday morning, August 13, at 10:00 am, at the Rolesville Baptist Church cemetery. A public service to celebrate Mary’s life will be held on Sunday afternoon, August 13, at 2:00 pm, at Rolesville Baptist Church in Rolesville, NC. The family will also be available to receive guests after the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Mary’s memory to the Rolesville Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 185, Rolesville, NC, 27571 or Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC, 27607. While Mary did not need the Transition Life Care services herself, it is an organization that served her family in a most special way during her daughter’s death.
A service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center. (919-556-5811)