Frances Lee

Mitchell

Frances Lee 30    Frances S. Lee, 101 of Mitchell, died Friday, March 3, 2017, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Per Frances’ request there will be no services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Frances S. Lee was born on January 27, 1916, to George and Bessie (Justra) Steckel in rural Letcher. She lived on the family farm northeast of Letcher with her parents and siblings. She attended Steckl School for seven years, graduated from Mitchell High School in 1933, and attended Nettleton Commercial College in Sioux Falls. She was employed at Automotive Supply and then moved to Richland, Wash., where she did medical transcription for several doctors at Kadlec Hospital.
Frances married Ray Lee on June 26, 1959, in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. He was a mechanic and they had their own business in which she was the bookkeeper and “gofer.”
They retired and moved to Chandler, Ariz., where they enjoyed their friends and neighbors and also the warm weather.  In the summer, they camped in the mountains of Arizona or headed north to visit family and friends.  She enjoyed knitting, especially dish cloths, playing bingo and pinochle and emailing friends and family.
Frances is survived by her stepson, Darrell Lee, San Antonio, Texas; three nieces, including Rita (Bob) Steckel of Letcher, Joanne (Gus) Nelson of Letcher and Judy (Darrell) Olson of Mitchell; and many other nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; her parents; brother, Albert Steckel; and sisters, Florence Hanson and Ilene Moody.

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