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LEE, FRANCES CHILDRESS Frances Childress Lee died at William A. Shands Hospital, University of Florida, Gainesville on January 11, 2017. She was born May 31, 1935 and predeceased by her parents, Francis Brown Childress and Miranda Yerkes Childress. Mrs. Lee attended West Riverside Elementary and The Bartram School in Jacksonville and Sweet Briar College from which she eloped on March 16, 1956 to marry Lewis Swift Lee. After two years in Williamsburg, VA, where Mr. Lee served in the military, the couple returned to Atlanta, GA where Mr. Lee completed law school, then moved back to Jacksonville in 1960. Mrs. Lee became active in volunteer social work and served as a director and trustee of The Children's Home Society of Florida, Buckner Division, (as well a trustee of the Buckner Foundation and president of the Buckner Division), The Daniel Memorial Home and St. Luke's Hospital prior to its acquisition by the Mayo Clinic. She also served as a committee member of The Child Welfare league of America. She was a member of The Junior League of Jacksonville. After her father gave her his quail plantation, Kanapaha, in 1974, Mrs. Lee became active in its cattle and timber operations in Gainesville. For several years she served on the committees of the then National Cattlemen's Association and attended numerous conventions and seminars in the industry. Since 1977 Mrs. Lee has been a member and trustee of The Francis and Miranda Childress Foundation, Inc. and served as its president from 2004 until the present. In addition to her husband, she is survived by their four children, Ann Lee Webb (John) of Frisco, TX, Lewis Swift Lee, Jr. (Alison) of Jacksonville Beach, George Childress Lee (Anne) of Jacksonville, Lenoir Valentine Lee II (Marian) of Gainesville, and nine grandchildren, Margaret Miranda Owens, Barry Allen Johnson, Jr., Lawrence Lee Johnson, Lewis Swift Lee III, Hunter McCabe Lee, Francis Arthur Lee, Mary Dudley Lee, Catherine Childress Lee, Laurel Anne Lee, and one great grandchild, Christopher Scullian Johnson of Dallas. Private immediate family services will be held. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations be made to a charity of your choice or to The Children's Home Society of Florida Foundation Inc, 1485 South Semoran Blvd. Ste. 1448, Winter Park, FL 32792, of which Mrs. Lee was a longtime founding and later honorary member of its trustees. Please visit her memorial page at www.williamsthomas . FOR FURTHER INFORMATION WILLIAMS-THOMAS WESTAREA (352) 376-7556
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