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Kate Geneva Lee, 96 - June 20, 2007


Kate Geneva Lee, 96, of Gothenburg, died Saturday, June 16, 2007, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.
A memorial service, following cremation, will be held on Thursday, June 28, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of Gothenburg with the Rev. Randy Dilts officiating. Internment will be at the Riverview Cemetery at Chelan, WA.
Registrar will be available for signing on Wednesday (today) from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg.
Lee was born on Nov. 2, 1910, at Cozad to Tom Dale Shipton, a farmer, and Elsie Wedge Shipton, a teacher.
She graduated from Cozad High School in 1927, Kearney State Teachers College in 1932 and Grand Island Business College in 1934.
She served as clerk of the county court in Dawson County from 1934 to 1941, prior to moving to Bonners Ferry, ID, and later to Manson, WA.
Lee was united in marriage to Eugene W. Lee in 1951 and became a member of the Lake Chelan Fortnightly Club, serving as secretary, president and treasurer. She was also librarian at Manson and office manager at Lake Chelan Community Hospital from 1957 until she retired in 1975.
In 1993, she moved to Gothenburg, making her home with her niece, Jan Kauffman and children, Kelly and Brandon. She was lovingly referred to as Aunt Geneva by family members.
?She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Gene Lee in 1980; sisters—Juanita (Donovan) Deal, Eunice (Joe) Auld and Esther (E. George) Surber; niece, Corrine (Bill) Auld; nephew, Alan (Barbara) Deal.
?Survivors include: nieces and nephews—Bob (Sharon) Auld, Bill (the late Corrine) Auld, Jan Kauffman (Auld) and JoAnne Haynes (Auld); children of Joe and Eunice Auld—Jim (Pat) Surber, Tom (Susan) Surber and Ann Green (Surber); children of E. George and Esther Surber—Denise (David) Davis and the late Alan (Barbara) Deal; children of Juanita and Donovan Deal; sister-in-law, Peggy (John) Fish of Waterville, WA; numerous great nieces and nephews; dear friends—Gerald Zook and Margaret Stuart of Cozad.
Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church and The Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blase strauser.com. Arrangements have been placed in the care of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.

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