Elizabeth Harwick Lee — Tyler, Texas
Elizabeth Harwick Lee, known as 'Betty' to her friends, was lovingly called 'Granny' by her four grandchildren, and their cousins. She passed away in Tyler, Texas, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013.
Betty was born July 4, 1922, to Jay L. Harwick and E. Loretta Lawler Harwick in Rochester. She graduated from high school in Rochester as valedictorian. She graduated "Cum Laude" from Northwestern University in 1944 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. After her return to Rochester, she worked in the Mayo Clinic Research chemistry lab from 1944 to 1949 on the isolation and production of cortisone. During this time, she married Dr. Madison J. Lee, Jr. Following completion of his residency in general surgery at the Mayo Clinic, Betty and Mat moved to Tyler, Texas, where they established his practice and raised a family. Her husband, Mat, passed away March 25, 1965.
Subsequently, Betty focused her attention on her children, and pursuing a career in education. She taught mathematics at St. Gregory Elementary School and T.K. Gorman High School during 1967 and 1968. She obtained her master's degree in mathematics from East Texas State in Commerce in 1970. She then taught mathematics at Tyler Junior College from 1970 to 1988. She retired from mathematics in 1988, and turned her attention to helping raise two of her grandchildren, Alex and Andrew Lee. She remained an important role model, and loving grandmother throughout the rest of her life.
Betty was an active community leader and was a past member of several boards, including Red Cross, United Way, Camp Fire Girls, Smith County Medical Auxiliary, and Friends of the Arts at UT Tyler. She was president of the Smith County Medical Auxiliary in 1963. She also was active in many organizations, including Garden Club, Literary Club, Junior League of Tyler, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Mortar Board and May Queen's Court. In addition, she was active in the Immaculate Conception Church including membership in the Altar Society and the Perpetual Adoration Society. She believed strongly in education and was a past member of the Tyler Catholic School Board, the Tyler Diocesan School Board, and the Immaculate Conception Parish Council.
During her lifetime, Betty had many interests. She loved to travel, and enjoyed opera and museums. She valued her friends and enjoyed playing Mah Jongg with many of them for many years.
She is survived by her three children, Madison "Mat" J. Lee, Ill, Elizabeth (Liz) S. Lee and Charles (Chuck) H. Lee; as well as her four grandchildren, Madison J. Lee IV, Alison KL Moyer, Alexander A. Lee and Andrew M. Lee. Other significant members of her "extended family" include Arielle S. Lee, Jenna M. Lee, Lindsey Lee, Erik Moyer, Mary Frances Morris, Elizabeth Brock and, of course, "the cousins," including, Karra, Tom, Arielle and Thomas Damiana; David, Elizabeth, Sophia, Jonathan and Eli Shebay; Tasia and Tucker Singleton; Andrew Michael Shebay; Elle Shebay; Laura and Ben Fuller; and Andrew George Shebay.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Madison J. Lee, Jr., M.D. (Oct. 11, 1918, to March 25, 1965), and her son, John Harwick Lee (Nov. 23, 1950, to Feb. 7, 1951).
Special thanks to Maggie Galarza for her kind care and attention to Granny.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Lloyd James Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a rosary at 6 p.m. today, Nov. 21, at Lloyd James Funeral Home, 1011 E. 1st St., Tyler, TX 75701, 903-597-6611.
Funeral Mass will be Friday, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Saints Peter andPaul on the T.K. Gorman campus with Monsignor Milam Joseph officiating.
Pallbearers include Alex Lee, Andrew Lee, Madison Lee IV, Alison Lee Moyer, Jenna Lee, Robert Wickham, DJ Schick and Jourdan Sheehan.
Memorials may be contributed to one of her favorite organizations in support of education, The Tyler Catholic School Foundation (P.O. Box 131175, Tyler, Texas 75713, 903-526-5988).