In Memory

Mary Lee Rance (Collette) VIEW PROFILE

Jun 28, 1931 - Jan 14, 2015

Mary Collette Lee was a native of Omaha and the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William Rance. Collette lived a long life filled with devotion to her family, church, community service, travel, creative arts and lifetime learning. God blessed her with more than 40 years of marriage to a devoted and loving husband, five children and three grandchildren, many friends and opportunities to travel, create and serve. She moved to Lincoln, Neb. in 2014 and was a resident at The Legacy. She graduated high school from Duchesne Academy and received her degree from the University of Nebraska. Collette taught elementary school in the Omaha public school system, choosing to teach in schools serving economically deprived areas. She married H. Thomas Lee, a graduate of Creighton University Pharmacy School and a 1st Lieutenant in the post WW II Army of Occupation. They were stationed in Munich, Germany for three years during which time they travelled extensively in Europe. For more than 30 years, Collette was an active volunteer at Christ the King and Mary Our Queen churches as an EME, in the Christian Life Community as a CLC, and as a teacher and mentor for children and teens. Collette loved sewing, quilting, and playing bridge at the Omaha Bridge Studio and with other card groups. She will be lovingly remembered for her sense of humor, love of travel and adventure, practicality, independent spirit, perseverance in overcoming health challenges and her generosity to family and Catholic organizations serving the poor, especially children. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Renae and Larry Mai, Therese and Jim Pekelder, of Omaha; her sons, Michael Lee, S.J., of Los Angeles, CA, Mark Lee of Lincoln, Neb., and son and daughter-in-law, Daniel Lee and Joy Lee of Lincoln; sister-in-law, Mary Virginia Lee. Her grandchildren are Jennifer (Jenna) Mai and Alex Pekelder of Omaha and Jessica Mai of Fort Worth Texas.

MEMORIAL MASS Saturday, 11:30am at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, followed by a luncheon at church. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Sacred Heart Church c/o Fr. Tom Fangman at 2207 Wirt Street Omaha, NE 68110; or Dolores Mission Church in Los Angeles c/o Fr. Mike Lee at 171 South Gless Street Los Angeles, CA 90033.


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