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Barbara J. Lee

February 27, 1936 — December 27, 2022

Bellefontaine, Ohio

Barbara J. Lee

Barbara J. Lee, 86, of Bellefontaine, passed away Tuesday afternoon, December 27, 2022, at Ohio Health Grant Medical Center, Columbus. 

Barbara was born in Marietta, Ohio, on February 27, 1936, to the late Edwin and Freida (Young) Duty.  She married Donald Nelson Lee on April 13, 1954, and he preceded her in death on February 12, 2004.  Barbara was also preceded in death by daughter Susan Reames, a sister Joanne Clifton, and 3 brothers.

Barbara is survived by her children: Margaret A. “Peggy” Lee of Bellefontaine, and William E. “Bill” Lee of Cincinnati; son-in-law Jerry Reames of Bellefontaine; 2 grandchildren who were raised by Barb and Don:  James Matthew “Matt” (Kristi Garlits-Cost) Cost of Waverly, Ohio, Trisha Ann (Douglas Quattlebaum) Cost of Columbus; 3 other grandchildren: Michael C. Lee of Springfield, Joshua A. Lee of Lakeview, and Nikki Marie Reames of Bellefontaine; 14 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; sisters: Patty Chatman of Washington, and Jackie (Gene) Koerber of Arizona; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Barbara was a member of Bellefontaine First United Presbyterian Church for many years.  She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star, and the Bellefontaine Elks.  Barbara volunteered for many years at the Mary Rutan Hospital gift shop, and also helped plan travel trips for the Friendly Senior Center.

Friends may call on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Bellefontaine, from 3-7pm.  Burial will be at a later date in Zanesfield Cemetery.

EICHHOLTZ DARING & SANFORD FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTER, Bellefontaine, is honored to serve the Lee family.



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