Marvis Smith Lee, 93, passed away peacefully at Birchwood Terrace Nursing Home on June 7, 2018.
She was born in Swanton, Vermont on August 25, 1924, the fourth child of the late Ethel and George Smith. She graduated from Swanton High School and then went on to the Mary Fletcher School of Nursing to become a Registered Nurse.
In 1946, after WWII, she married the love of her life, Howard Raymond Lee. During her lifetime, she made her home in S. Burlington, Hinesburg and after retiring returned to her original hometown of Swanton. During summers many family memories were made at Red Rocks camp in S. Burlington, on the road in a pop-up camper and later at camp in Highgate Springs. However, after Howard died, she moved again to be closer to her children; first to Burlington and later to Monkton, VT.
During her nursing career, she worked at the Mary Fletcher Hospital, provided in-home private duty nursing, and worked for the original four doctors of the Thomas Chittenden Health Center. Besides being a gentle and caring nurse to others, she provided loving care to her husband during his final years when emphysema robbed him of his health.
Marvis was an accomplished seamstress and quilt maker. In later life, she enjoyed traveling, painting and ceramics. While living in Monkton, she looked forward to meeting with friends at the Senior Meals held in the churches of Hinesburg. In her last years, she was unable to live alone and resided at Pillsbury’s Gazebo Apartments, The Residence at Quarry Hill, and during her last month, Birchwood Terrace.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 49 years, Howard R. Lee in 1996 and her siblings Merald Smith, Vera Bliss, and Wayne Smith.
She is survived by her children; Sharon Lee of Monkton. Steven (Debbie) Lee of Williston, and Shanon (Karen) Lee of Hinesburg; grandchildren, Tyson Schenawolf, Stacey Walker, Casey (Jennifer) Lee and Cody (Katie) Lee; great grandchildren, Alexis Walker and Nathan Lee.
A graveside service will be conducted on Sunday, June 24th at 3:30 PM at the Riverside Cemetery, North River Street (Rt 78), Swanton, VT.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Carpenter-Carse Library, 69 Ballards Corner, PO Box 127, Hinesburg, VT 05461