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Gracie Allen Lee

Gracie Annie Allen Lee, 98, of Iowa Park, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2009 at her residence in Iowa Park.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2009, at Lakeview Church of God in Iowa Park with her son, Rev. Jerry Lee of Mesquite, Texas, sons-in-law, Rev. Charles L. Hensley of Jonesboro, Arkansas and Mike Negri of Iowa Park officiating.

Interment will be at Highland Cemetery in Iowa Park under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home.

Gracie was born October 6, 1910 in ‘Indian Territory” near Muldrow, Oklahoma to Oliver and Pearl King Allen. During her lifetime of more than nine decades, she experienced many changes in this world. Her parents died before she was five and she spent part of her youth in the local orphanage home there. After being adopted by a relative in her pre-teens, she worked at many hard jobs, including picking cotton, beans, strawberries, potatoes, and spent many hours in her aunt’s general store as a clerk.

On February 22, 1931, she married Clayborn Lee, from Sallisaw, Oklahoma and they had nine children over 22 years. In 1953 she moved to Iowa Park, Texas with the six school-aged children, working mostly for the professional people in Iowa Park.

Her lifetime was spent caring for others, especially her children, but she had a great heart for giving and ministering to those in the nursing homes. She received many accolades from the local nursing home for her visits and gifts to their patients.

Psalms 41:1 was her goal – to those hurting or helpless. “Blessed is he who considers the poor…..” and Luke 6:33, “Give and it shall be given unto you….”.
Preceding her in death were her parents, a daughter-in-law, Pat Lee, son-in-law, Cliff Compton and her brother and his wife, Garvin and Dee Allen.

Surviving are her nine children: Floyd Lee and wife Margie of Rockford, Illinois; Norma Ekey and husband John of Wichita, Kansas; Betty Hensley and husband Charles of Jonesboro, Arkansas; Patsy Frazier and husband Bobby, Margie Negri and husband Mike, and Jaynell Manuel and husband Kenneth, all of Iowa Park; Dorthy Major and husband Jerry of McKinney, Texas; Jerry Lee and wife Jana of Mesquite, Texas and Jimmy Lee and wife Andrea of Frisco, Texas. Also survived by five Children of Honor, Gaylene Wheetley and husband Lendel of Corning, Arkansas; Michael Lee and wife Joyce, Timmy Lee and wife Vondal and Denise Samples, all of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; and Dennis Lee and wife Aaron of Van Buren, Arkansas. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

We would like to thank her dear friend and caregiver, Virginia Henson; very special caregiver and great niece, Jackie Simmons; her wonderful nurse, Carla Copening and two special caregiving granddaughters, Kathy Arledge and Sandy Baker..

Pallbearers will be her eight grandsons: Calvin Compton, Jeffery Hensley, Steve Frazier, Tommy Major, Brandon Negri, Kendell Manuel, Chris Lee and Nicholas Lee.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Friendly Door Senior Citizens Center, 810 N. 3rd St. Iowa Park, Texas 76367.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2009, at Dutton Funeral Home Chapel, 300 E. Cash St. Iowa Park, Texas.

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