She passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at the age of 91.
Upon graduation from Newport High School she attended Cheney Normal College earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.
She married Fred Hoefel in 1943 and soon moved to Las Vegas to begin her teaching career.
Returning to Spokane, Washington, Mary Lee taught at Shriner’s Hospital assisting youngsters dealing with orthopedic conditions.
Upon retirement, Mary Lee and her husband Fred relocated to Sequim, Washington where they participated in a variety of cultural activities.
Mary Lee loved to travel, appreciated her many years of membership in PEO and enjoyed playing bridge and participating in Cards for Cardiac.
Mary Lee settled at The Lodge in Sequim after the passing of her husband Fred and her sisters Katherine Kahl and Helen Henderson, her brother Richard Bell and her brother-in-law Everett Henderson.
Her niece, Nancy Olson and her nephews, Ken, Ron and Don Bell (and their spouses, Ernie, Pat, Ruth and Cindy) so enjoyed her life and will miss the charisma that she contributed to the Bell family.