Elva Lorraine Lee died on Oct, 28, 2012 at Chanute. The daughter of Alva and Angie Henson Cation, Elva was born June 18, 1918, in rural Savonburg. She moved with her parents to rural Humboldt when she was a child. She was graduated from Cherry Grove School, Iola High School, and the Iola Junior College. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science, Master’s of Science, and Specialist in Education degrees from Kansas State College, Pittsburg.
She was a member of the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an honor society in education, and was selected and honored to be listed in the 1973-1974 edition of Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans, and was nominated for the Clyde U. Phillips Distinguished Service Award at Kansas State College of Pittsburg.
In her teaching career of 43 years, she taught in the rural schools at Prairie Hall, Union, and Jeddo; the elementary schools in Iola; and the Allen and Neosho County Community Colleges (teaching psychology) retiring in 1980.
She was married to Norvel E. Lee on June 18, 1937 at Nevada, Mo. They made their home in Iola until 1967 when they moved to Chanute. They moved to Port Richey, Fla., in 1988, to Iola in 1991 and returned to Chanute in 2001.
She was a member of the Chanute First Presbyterian Church; V.F.W. Auxiliary Post 15; Kansas Retired Teachers; and Neosho County Area Retired Teachers.
She was preceded by her husband, Norval E. Lee in 2006, and a brother, Howard Cation. She is survived by adopted sons, George Lee and Robert Lee.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 in Snyder Memorial Chapel at Neosho County Community College in Chanute.
Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Chanute.
Memorials can be made in her name to the First Presbyterian Church at Chanute.
Penwell-Gabel Johnson Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
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