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Katherine L. Lee

October 20, 1955 May 28, 2019
Katherine L. Lee
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Katherine (Kathy) Lee, 63, loving daughter, sister, aunt, and friend, went to be with her heavenly father on May 28, 2019. Kathy was born on October 20, 1955 to James R and June (Marquardt) Lee in Lansing, MI. Kathy grew up on the family’s dairy farm near Grand Ledge, MI. She graduated from Grand Ledge High School in 1973 and went to Central Michigan University for 2 years before transferring to Michigan State University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Dairy Science in 1977. Kathy then attended Virginia Tech where she earned a Master degree in Dairy Cattle Breeding and Genetics in 1979. She went on to attend Iowa State University where she received a PhD in 1982 also in Dairy Cattle Breeding and Genetics.
After leaving Iowa State, Kathy returned to Blacksburg, VA, taking a job in the Dairy Science Department at Virginia Tech. Kathy then moved to Brattleboro, VT where she worked for the National Holstein Association. Kathy continued using her advanced degrees in Dairy Cattle Breeding and Genetics assisting with quarterly evaluation of the bull proofs and publication of the Red Book among her other duties. During her time with the Holstein Association, Kathy traveled extensively throughout the US and also had the opportunity to visit Russia. Missing her family, Kathy eventually left Brattleboro and returned to Michigan where she joined the Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) Dairy Team as a Dairy Educator. As a member of the MSUE Dairy team, Kathy worked with dairy producers all over the state but was primarily located in Northwestern Lower Peninsula. Kathy was highly respected by her peers, the dairy producers, and other dairy industry personnel.
Kathy settled in McBain, MI and became a beloved member of the community. Kathy had a deep faith and was a member of the Rehoboth Reformed Church where she was involved in many activities. No matter where Kathy lived, she made friends and kept in touch with many of them all across the US.
Kathy is survived by her mother, June of Grand Ledge; sister Lisa (John) Lipsey of Potterville; brother Jim (Deb) Lee of Grand Ledge; niece Sydney (Ross) Marroso, Novi; niece Katie (Michael) Tymkew, Potterville; niece Emma (John) Conklin, DeWitt; nephew Jim (fiancé Nicole) Lee, Grand Ledge; great-nephew Maxwell Tymkew and a great-niece Baby Tymkew due in July; Jamie and Holly Helsel and their dear children Isabel, Idaline, and Isaac, McBain. Kathy was preceded in death by her father James in 2001.
Kathy had a great love for her family and spent as much time with them as possible. She enjoyed watching MSU Spartan basketball and Detroit Tigers baseball games. Kathy had a deep passion for and extensive knowledge of the dairy industry. Kathy assisted with the dairy quiz bowl contest at Michigan 4-H Dairy Days every July in East Lansing. She travelled to Louisville, KY each November to work with the youth quiz bowl contest held in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Expo. A yearly visit to Madison, WI in October for the World Dairy Expo was always on Kathy’s calendar. At the World Dairy Expo, she had the opportunity to reconnect with many of the friends that she had made over the years. Kathy was a member of the Board of Directors for the Michigan Dairy Memorial Scholarship Foundation. Kathy will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and colleagues.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Oneida Gospel Church, 3048 Strange Hwy., Grand Ledge. Visitation will be held Friday, May 31st from 4-7 p.m. at the Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge, and 10 – 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will follow at Pioneer Cemetery, Oneida Twp., Eaton Co.
A memorial service will be held at a later date to remember Kathy at the Rehoboth Reformed Church in McBain.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Michigan Dairy Memorial Scholarship Foundation in Kathy’s name or to the Rehoboth Reformed Church. Online condolences may be shared at www.petersandmurrayfuneralhome.com


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Visitation

Friday

31

May

4:00 PM 5/31/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 5/31/2019 7:00:00 PM
Peters & Murray Funeral Home

301 E. Jefferson Street
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Peters & Murray Funeral Home
301 E. Jefferson Street Grand Ledge 48837 MI
United States

Visitation

Saturday

1

Jun

10:00 AM 6/1/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 6/1/2019 11:00:00 AM
Oneida Gospel Church

3048 Strange Hwy.
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Oneida Gospel Church
3048 Strange Hwy. Grand Ledge 48837 MI
United States

Service

Saturday

1

Jun

11:00 AM 6/1/2019 11:00:00 AM
Oneida Gospel Church

3048 Strange Hwy.
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Oneida Gospel Church
3048 Strange Hwy. Grand Ledge 48837 MI
United States
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