Gladys Arlene Lee, age 76, was born July 8, 1936, in Williston, N.D., to Margaret and Edward Olson. She was raised by her maternal aunt and uncle, Pearl and Lester Chamber, in Ross, N.D.
On Jan. 14, 1954, she married Arthur Selmer Lee. They farmed and ranched in rural White Earth, N.D., where they had four children. She was a member of Cottonwood Lutheran Church and was active in the ladies aid and served as a Sunday school teacher. She was also an active member of the North Dakota Cattlewomen's Association and the Powers Lake PTA.
It was common knowledge that you were always welcome in Gladys' kitchen for coffee, fresh baked goods, and hospitality. Her children have fond memories of her fresh baked bread, caramel rolls, brownies, and lefse. She always had a huge garden from which she created wonderful pickles, relishes, and other canned goods.
Over the years she helped support her family as a manager of Tupperware, waitress, cook, and lumberyard office manager.
In 1996, Gladys and Arty retired to Hawaii, near their daughter. There she worked in sales at the local Dakine Discount Store in Kailua-Kona. She was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in Kona.
In 2004, they returned to the mainland and settled in Shelbyville, Tenn., to be near their other children. During these last years she had the opportunity to pursue her interest in cross-stitch, watching "Jeopardy," and spending precious time with her family.
Gladys passed on to be with her beloved husband, Arty, on Sept. 28, 2012, at her home in Shelbyville, Tenn., surrounded by her children.
She is survived by: her children, DeAnn (David) Idso, of Shelbyville, Teresa (Steven) Gray, of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Jim (Debbie) Lee, of Nashville, Tenn., and Danny Lee (Robbie Main), of Beech Island, S.C.; brothers, Orris Olson and Arnold (Alda) Olson, of Williston, N.D.; sisters, Phoebe Johnson, of Center, N.D., and Maurice (Kermit) Mickle, of Oregon.
Grandchildren, Jerrod Kallberg, Kristina Barrett (Nader Girgiss), Greta (Chad) Gerloff, Anna Lee, Adrianne Lee, Amelia Gray, Amber (Billy) Brown, and Terry Primm Jr.
Great grandchildren, Jesse Dakota Lee, Tyler Barrett, Garrett, Dylan, and Tanner Kallberg, Bailee Gerloff, Wesley Lee, Hunter Brown; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur S. Lee; brothers, Edgar, Vernon, Donald, Merlin, Melvin, Leonard, Gerald, Einer Olson and Pete Chambers; and sisters, Edith Mader, Ardell Bruns and Lily Mader.
Funeral services: Will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel, Shelbyville, Tenn. The Rev. Lindsey Wade will officiate, with burial to follow at Willow Mount Cemetery, Shelbyville.
Visitation: Monday, noon until service time, in the funeral home chapel.
Memorials: May be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.