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Obituary: Lee, Doris L.

Age 85

LEE, Doris L. Doris Lee passed away peacefully on January 10, 2014. She was born to Henry and Rosalie Kamas Hunka in Temple, Texas on November 26, 1928. She graduated from Temple High School and Temple Junior College, now Temple College. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from the University of Texas, Austin; and a Master of Science in Physical Education from Baylor Universtiy, Waco. She taught Physical Education at Temple High School after graduating, where she was a popular teacher and is fondly remembered by many of her former students. In 1954 she moved to Abilene, Texas where she taught at South Junior High School. In 1955 she married Robert N. Lee. In 1974 they moved to Spokane for Bob’s employment. Doris enjoyed 18 years being a travel consultant. While this gave her and Bob opportunity to do some traveling, she especially enjoyed vicarious pleasure in making travel arrangements for her many clients. Doris was proud of her Moravian heritage. Her paternal and maternal grandparents and her mother emigrated to the United States from what is now the Czech Republic. Having learned to speak Czech and English together, she was able to speak, read, and write in the Czech language to the end of her life. Her most treasured travel was when she and some of her relatives ventured to Czechoslovakia in 1985, before the Berlin Wall fell. They had reconnected with relatives from her mother’s family. Two more trips followed that she also enjoyed. Her language skills had remained and she served as interpreter. Over a period of almost 30 years, she stayed in contact with these relatives by writing letters in Czech and interpreted the responses for her family. She also researched and prepared a family tree for her relatives. It was a true labor of love. Doris is survived by her daughter, Martha of Spokane. She was prededed in death by her parents; her daughter, Sharon Lee Setze; and her husband, Robert. She is also survived by her sisters, Georgia Seals of Belton, Tx., and Carolyn Kent of Denver, Co. Doris was passionate about and supported many environmental causes. As an educated and avid reader, she was interested in world affairs and social justice for people everywhere. She was also a tireless volunteer for many charities and organizations. She was a member of P.E.O. Chapter GK, and an active member of Millwood Community Presbyterian Church. A Memorial Service is pending. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Millwood Community Presbyterian Church, 3223 N. Marguerite, Spokane, WA., 99212, or your favorite charity.