Shirley A. Lee, age 81, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on December 22 at home, in the presence of her loved ones. She was born on January 26,1939 in Toledo, Ohio to Pearl Brashear and Harley Brashear. She recently celebrated her 64th wedding anniversary with her husband, Robert Kenneth Lee, on December 8th. Together they built a life encapsulated in grace and commitment to one another.
She became a born-again Christian at the age of 15 and taught Sunday school for 55 years. Her joy in living was found in Christ with the hope that her legacy would lead others to the path of eternal life. For over 32 years she drove school bus for Springfield Schools, of which all her students became much like part of her own kin. She used her job as a ministry to share the love of Christ. One of Shirley’s favorite scripture versus is 2 Timothy 4:6, “As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 8 And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.”
Shirley devoted her life to family and friends and touched the heart of everyone she met. With an abundance of generosity and overflowing love; she was always present to support others, regardless of the significance. She persevered through many physical battles over the years without ever losing faith, but rather continued gaining strength from the obstacles she encountered. She created traditions for her children and grandchildren that will continue to be passed down, such as cookie decorating, raspberry picking, cooking, trying new recipes and annual summer attractions. Some of her favorite hobbies included caring for her flowers, gardening, canning, shopping (especially at Elder-Beerman as she had developed relationships with the sales associates), and riding on her lawn mower, while soaking up the sun for hours in the backyard.
She is survived by her loving husband, Robert; sons, Kevin(Cynthia)Lee and Jeff(Jane) Lee; and daughters, Brenda(Walter) Engh and Karen(Robert) Allgier; 9 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren who will all miss her deeply. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers (Jim, Roy, Fred, and Leslie) and sister (Judy).
The family would like to extend a very special thank you to Kathy & Ashley for the care & love they provided along with the staff at The Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
Due to Covid-19, a private service will be held on December 30, 2020 for immediate family at Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 Main St., Sylvania, Ohio. A memorial service will be held in 2021 for all family and friends.
In leu of flowers, donations can be made in Shirley’s name at Trinity Nazarene Church, Toledo, Oh or St. Jude Children’s hospital.
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