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Joyce A. Lee, 94

Joyce A. Lee, age 94, of Cokato, formerly of Howard Lake, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014. 

Joyce was born Nov. 22, 1919, in Princeton, MN, the daughter of Arthur and Anna (Roadstrom) Moline.  She grew up on a farm in Wyanett Township.

After high school, Joyce attended business school in Minneapolis. 

She was united in marriage to Russell A. Lee Aug. 14, 1948. They moved to Lisbon, ND, where they owned their first funeral home and furniture store.  Due to Russ’s bout with cancer in 1954, they were forced to sell their business. 

After recovering from the cancer, they spent a few years in various locations, including Fairfax, MN, where they owned and operated a hardware store; and Garden City, MI and Burlington, IA, where Russ was a high school teacher.

In 1960, they purchased the funeral home and furniture store in Howard Lake, where they made their home until 2003. At that time, they moved to Edgewood Gables in Cokato. 

Throughout their working years, Joyce was primarily a homemaker and mother, but also helped in their various business activities. She loved numbers, and particularly enjoyed working in their income tax business.

Upon retirement, Joyce and Russ enjoyed travelling and wintering in Arizona, as well as spending time with their two grandsons.

Joyce was a long-time member of Walker United Methodist Church, where she was involved in many activities. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and a volunteer in various community activities.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russ; her parents; stepfather Joe Moline; sister Lorraine Anderson; and brother Donald Moline. 

Joyce is survived by her daughter, Patricia Lee; son Kent and his wife, Connie, and their two sons, Chris Lee and Jon Lee; and by many friends and other relatives.

Most of all, Joyce was a truly wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law.  She was smart, supportive of others’ endeavors, and very proud of their accomplishments.

She will be forever remembered for her love of family and love of fun, and for her courage and strength when facing adversity . . . along with her great smile. Joyce will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

The funeral service took place Tuesday, April 22, at 2 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake.

There was visitation Monday, April 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake handled the arrangements; www.swansonpeterson.com.

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