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January 13, 1924 — May 30, 2019

Veonne V. Lee, a longtime resident of Lebanon, passed away in Albany on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at the age of 95.

Veonne was born on a farm near Irene, South Dakota, to Edmund D. Peterson and Christine E. (Sorensen) Peterson. She attended country schools and, after the family moved to Yankton, South Dakota, she worked, during World War II, as a machinist for a local defense contractor, Cole Freeman Company.

She had “always known” Harlan M. Lee and married him on February 2, 1946, shortly after his return from serving in the U.S. Army in Europe.

Together, they farmed near Irene, South Dakota, and had their first two children, Ronald and Cheryl. In December 1957, they left the farm and followed Harlan’s father to Lebanon. Once settled in Lebanon, they welcomed their third child, Kristine.

Veonne was a loving wife and mother and devoted to her family. She was a quiet, gentle soul who loved — and was deeply loved by — her family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and; most recently, her only sister Myrtis Lohner.

She is survived by her children, son, Ronald Lee of Lake Oswego, daughter, Cheryl (Tom) Mechals of Lebanon, and daughter, Kristine (Mike) Collins, also of Lebanon. She is also survived by her five grandsons, Josh (Anh) Mechals in Elkhorn, Nebraska, Cory (Traci) Mechals, Nick Collins, Jeff Collins and Matt Collins of Lebanon; as well as by six great-grandchildren who she especially adored. She will also be missed by her sister-in-law, Jean Brenneman of Hampden, Maine; four nephews, and several great-nephews and nieces.

She will be forever loved, remembered and missed! And her spirit will forever be with us.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 5, 2019, the IOOF Cemetery in Lebanon. A reception will follow thereafter at the Mallard Creek Golf Course at 31966 Bellinger Scale Road.

Contributions may be made to any charity or charities of your choice.

Huston-Jost Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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