Mary Johnson Lee
Funeral Date: 10/19/2019

Mary Effie Johnson Lee, 92, of Monticello, formerly of Warren, Arkansas, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 14, 2019, at Belle View Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello. She was born March 26, 1927, the youngest of nine, in Jersey, Arkansas located in southern Bradley County to James Patterson and Annie Irene (Anders) Johnson. Married for 54 years, her husband, James Ory Lee, Jr., preceded her in death on July 11, 2004. Also, preceding her in death were her parents, six brothers; Pete, Joe, Carl, Sam, Jesse, and Robert and two sisters; Mabel Graham and Frances Morgan Holderfield. Mary is survived by her three daughters: Linda Dougherty (Gary) of Byrnes Mill, Missouri, Susan Pennington (Mike) of Monticello, Arkansas, and Becky McNulty (Dennis) of Stafford, Virginia; seven grandchildren; Andrew Dougherty (Kirsten) of Virginia; Ann Dougherty of Alaska; Mary Crowell (David) of Missouri; Michelle Galyean (Seth) of Texas; Laura Hartley (Cody) of Guam; Jordan McNulty (Erica) of Virginia and Molly McNulty of New York and eight great-grandchildren. Her extended family includes many nieces, nephews, and their children. After graduating from Hermitage High School in 1944, Mary and her sister Frances who was called “Hank” went to Ypsilanti, Michigan where they worked at Willow Run Army Air Base Exchange. Upon returning to Arkansas in December 1944, Mary attended Texas State College for Women in Denton, Texas for four semesters. When her father passed away in November 1946, she returned to Jersey to live with her mother and taught elementary school in Banks and Hermitage for almost three years. On December 25, 1949, she married James Ory Lee, Jr. and moved to Shreveport, Louisiana where they lived and raised three daughters. While in Shreveport, Mary worked as an oil portrait painter at Larry Robinson Studio. In 1958, Mary and her family moved to Warren. In 1963, she graduated from Arkansas A & M College in Monticello with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Mary’s teaching career as a fourth grade teacher with the Warren School District began in 1963 and ended in 1995. As recently as a few months ago, Mary was still reminiscing about her teaching days which she absolutely loved. After retirement, she was involved in the Warren Woman’s Club sponsoring the dictionary project for third and fourth graders in Warren and Hermitage schools. She contributed to the Bradley County Veterans Museum by asking family members and friends to send their military photographs and information to be included in the museum. Mary was a member of First United Methodist Church in Warren where she was a long time elementary Sunday School teacher, VBS director and member of United Methodist Women. Beginning in the early 60’s, she actually taught Sunday School longer than she taught elementary school. Mary’s other interests included traveling and spending time with her grandchildren. Shopping trips, business trips with her husband, Joe and family trips were her favorites. Funeral services were 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 19, 2019, at Frazer’s Chapel in Warren with burial in Holly Springs Cemetery, Hermitage, Arkansas. The service was conducted by her nephew, Rev. Jim Graham. Organist was Linda Barrett. Special music sung by her grandchildren. Active pallbearers were Andrew Dougherty, David Crowell, Seth Galyean, Mike Pennington, Dennis McNulty, Gary Dougherty. Honorary Pallbearers were her nieces and nephews. Jimmie Dees Batie, Margaret Starnes, Betty Heird, Linda White, Carla Crowder, Sam Johnson, James Johnson, Bo Johnson, Patricia Johnson, Virginia Buck, Jesse Johnson, Ann Nowell, Pat Graham, Wade Graham, Jim Graham, Becky Kossover, Bob Johnson, Keith Johnson, Jamey Johnson, Jim Morgan and Randy Morgan. Memorials preferred to Bradley County Veterans Museum, 210 North Main Street, Warren, AR 71671; First United Methodist Church, 111 East Church Street, Warren, AR 71671; or Holly Springs Cemetery, Hermitage, Arkansas, c/o First State Bank of Warren, Hugh Allen Quimby, 104 South Main Street, Warren, AR 71671.



Name: Mary Catherine Armstrong
Message: What a lovely lade Mrs.Mary was. Such a sweet, funny lady that loved life, her family, friends and her church. Thank you Becky for always keeping everyone up on how she was and posting pictures. I know you all are already missing her sweet soul. Prayers for all of the family during this sad time. The memories will be with you and your off spring for years and years. Love all of the Lee family !!! The Huey Family

Name: Sherry & Steve Rand
Message: MS Mary was a sweet and funny lady and a wonderful teacher to our daughter. our thoughts and prayers are with all.

Name: Sherry & Steve Rand
Message: MS Mary was a sweet and funny lady and a wonderful teacher to our daughter. our thoughts and prayers are with all.

Name: Glenda Schwebel
Message: Words cannot express the feelings of loss & sorrow. Prayers for all the family that Mrs. Mary leaves behind. She was one of those teachers that cared personally for each child & She certainly touched the lives of many people. God bestows us with memories. Take time to grieve, but take time also to reminisce her memory. Love to you all.

Name: Tammy Anders-Benbrook
Message: Becky & Family, so sorry to hear about Mrs. Lee. She taught me and my two boys. We will be praying for you during this difficult time.

Name: Donnie and Patti Sangster Bryant
Message: Our deepest sympathy. To the family

Name: Janie Stedman Grice
Message: Becky and family so sorry for your loss. May the Lord comfort you in your time of sorrow. Prayers for all.

Name: Klay & LaWanda McKinney

Name: WHS Class of 1972
Message: Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Name: Bradley Loomis
Message: Ms. Lee was a wonderful teacher and I was so fortunate to have her as my homeroom teacher in one of her last years of teaching. She was warm, caring, and left a lasting impression on me. While I am sad to hear of her passing, her legacy in education generations of people from Warren is something I am so glad that I was to be part of, may she rest in peace.

Name: Ava Cantrell

Name: Debra Prince
Message: What a dear lady!! U definitely will miss her.

Name: Earline Ferrell
Message: I will always cherish the sweet memories of Mary since our days at Hermitage High School. The family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Name: Rob Johnson
Message: Best teacher I ever had, great lady.

Name: Emily Sangster Lasiter
Message: I loved her, she was my favorite teacher. All of you are in my prayers

Name: Edward Wells
Message: Prayers for your family