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Obituary of Miriam Lee – Loveland, CO

Miriam Elizabeth (Schafroth) Lee, passed away on August 3, 2020 at the Bonell Community in Greeley, CO at the age of 102. She was born in Corning, IA to William and Mary E. (Harrison) Schafroth and grew up on the family farm with three sisters and one brother east of Corning. She graduated from Greenfield, IA High School and spent the next five years teaching in rural one-room schools in Adams County, IA. She married George W. Lee on June 30, 1940. They lived in Winterset, IA, where her three sons were born, George III, John and Mark. In 1960 the family moved to Colorado and in 1964 to Greeley where she made a home for her family. She always took pride in her home and enjoyed planting flowers in the spring and cooking for her family and friends. Miriam was a very talented seamstress, furniture restorer and loved embroidery. She was a lifelong Methodist, most recently a member of the First United Methodist Church in Greeley, where she was active in women’s activities when she was younger. She was also active in the Garden City Chapter No. 3 Order of the Eastern Star, where she was Worthy Matron from 1989 to 1990, while George was Worthy Patron. She served as a Cub Scout Den Mother and pack leader in Iowa and continued as a Scoutmaster and trainer after moving to Colorado. She was extremely proud to see all three of her sons and a grandson become Eagle Scouts. After her son, George III, became an optometrist and opened a practice in Loveland, and later in Greeley, she worked with his father at both offices at the front desk. She always enjoyed greeting and speaking to the patients, many of whom became lifelong friends. After George’s death in 2000, she continued to live in the house she and George had built in 1964. She lived independently in an apartment in Greeley from 2008 to 2018, when she moved to the Bonell Community. She was preceded in death by her husband, George, her sisters and brother, son Mark and grandson Scott. She is survived by sons, George III (Barb) of Loveland, John (Sandy) of Windsor, daughter-in-law, Mary (Mark) also of Windsor; five grandchildren – Kristopher (Cami) and Brooke (Jim Chesebro), Mathew and Lucas, Jennifer (Aaron Cram) and three great-grandchildren – Hudson, Ashton and Avery and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside service, Tuesday, 10 a.m., Sunset Memorial Gardens, Greeley. Visitation at Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, Monday, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Garden City #3, OES in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, CO 80537.

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