Helen Thelma Lee, 98, of Poca, died peacefully at home on Sunday, July 20, 2014, surrounded by family members. Helen, born Nov. 14, 1915, was the oldest child of Michael Granville and Maude Ann Wolford. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Samuel Franklin Lee Sr.; son, Dr. David Paul Lee; son-in-law, Gene Douglas; brothers, Caesar and Paul Wolford; and sisters, Reba Lewis and Lucille Skeeter.
Surviving Helen are daughters, Joyce McClanahan (Jack) and Joan Douglas; son, Samuel Franklin Lee Jr. (Kay); and daughter-in-law, Marlene Lee. She had 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
She was the 1933 St. Albans High School salutatorian and a Kanawha County 4-H Club leader. Until the last two months, Helen taught an adult Sunday School class for the past 75 years at Sattes Community Chapel and most recently the First Baptist Church of Nitro. Helen attended Nautilus of Cross Lanes nightly for the past 14 years, with a special interest for the cross-training elliptical machine. She tutored and encouraged her grandchildren and great-grandchildren through their high school years. Helen Lee lived her life with dignity, wisdom and love and managed to die in the same manner. Her imprint is permanent on her family and all who knew her.
A graveside service, conducted by Dr. Lawrence Hoptry and Dr. David Bess, was held at the Lee Family Cemetery in Poca.