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Ellender Fish Lee, 85, of Lebanon, passed away Nov. 6, 2016, while surrounded by family at her home. Ellen was born Oct. 10, 1931, in Baker County, Fla., a daughter of the now late Benjamin Gay Foy and Sarah Ann (Canaday) Fish.
She married Donald E. Lee in Macclenny, Fla., on June 25, 1955. He passed away on Feb. 19, 1986.
Ellen graduated from Taylor High School in Florida. She received her B.S. from Berry College in Rome, Ga., and attended Florida State University for graduate school.
Ellen taught home economics for two years in Baker County, Fla., and for two years at Pinnell High School in Boone County. She worked for 30 years at the Boone County Division of Family and Children Affairs.
Ellen was a 60-year member of the Lebanon First Baptist Church, the Psi Iota Xi Sorority of Lebanon, the Zonta Club of Lebanon, the Boone County Home Extension Club for 60 years, the Eastern Star of Whitestown, the Boone County Bluebirds, and the Lebanon American Legion Auxiliary. She was a recipient of the Kiwanis Citizen of the Year award and co-founder of the Lebanon widow's support group.
In addition to her community involvement, she was an avid sports fan, energetic grandmother, and encourager to everyone. She was a sweet spirit with a servant's heart. She accepted all and judged little. Her smile was infectious and her personality lit up a room.
Survivors include her children, Mark D. (Debbie) Lee of Lebanon, Bret J. Lee of Lebanon, Aaron E. (ShaLaine) Lee of Lebanon, Dwight B. (Nancy) Lee of Lebanon, Laura L. (Jay) Jansen of Arden, N.C., and Mary Ellen (Jeff) Dickerson of Lebanon; her grandchildren, Jason Lee, Janna Lee, Jacki Lee, Jared Lee, Kaitey Lee, Abbie Lee-DeLashmit, Donny (fiancée Jennifer Martin) Lee, Nora Lee, Hannah Lee, Carson Lee, Cal Jansen, Cara Jansen, Camryn Jansen, Ella Cate Jansen, Jake (Kristen) Dickerson and Jenna Dickerson; her great-grandchildren, Addie Lee, Sam Lee and Harper DeLashmit; and her sisters, Cherrie Fish Pearson of Florida, Joyce Fish Thrift of Georgia and Typhnes Fish (Donald) Midkiff of Georgia; and long-time companion, Hobert Billingsley of Bloomington. Ellen was preceded in death by her siblings, Hugh Dorsey Fish, Kenneth Rex Fish, Wassie Fish, Benjamin Foy Fish, William Sterling Fish, Buster Fish, Iris Mae Fish Williams and Lyma Fish Raulerson.
Family and friends will gather Friday, Nov. 11, for visitation from 2 until 8 p.m., and services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 10:30 a.m., with the Pastor David Wright officiating in the Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon. Ellen will be laid to rest at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Lebanon Boys & Girls Club, 403 W. Main St., Lebanon, IN 46052; Lebanon First Baptist Church, 207 E. Washington St., Lebanon, IN 46052; or the American Legion Post 113, 1020 Hendricks Dr., Lebanon, IN 46052.
Online condolences may be made at www.strawmyerdrury.
Published on November 8, 2016
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