Shirley Arline Lee, age 88, a Lake Stevens, Washington resident, passed away at home January 7, 2023. She was born May 21, 1934, in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin to Stanley and Agnes Tendrup. She grew up on the farm with her six sisters. She graduated from Balsam Lake High School in 1952. On November 13, 1953, she married her life- long love, Jack Lee. After Jack left the Navy, they moved to Everett, WA where they raised their five children. She enjoyed fishing and went deer hunting for many years. She liked to bake bread about once a week. After school on bread baking day, we’d go through the kitchen and snitch biscuits. They were delicious. She also liked to sew clothes for the girls and many quilts for family and friends. She took us to Sunday School, church and piano lessons every week for years. When her grandchildren came along, she loved them all; she’d sit in the rocking chair and rock and sing them into naps. She volunteered to babysit anytime. She had a great sense of humor and laughed a lot and would practical joke if the opportunity presented itself.
She had a lot of good friends, Mona and Bill, MaryAnn and Bob, Don and Anita, Dorothy, Jean just to name a few. They moved to Lake Stevens in 2003 just in time for their 50th Wedding Anniversary. She loved to have everyone together for holidays and made a point of making everyone welcome and treated them like family. The sewing group got together once a week, to sew and visit. The last few years of her life she played cards with Mona’s sisters, Linda and Carol and her daughter, Christine. She also liked to play acey-deucey and beat all of us often.
She liked to see the lake in the morning at sunrise and watch the eagles and osprey soaring over the water.
Shirley is survived by her husband of 69 years, Jack Lee; children, Jack (Maureen) Lee, Janet (George) Ahrens, Catherine (William) Pepin, Christine (Paul) Evans, Peggy Lee (Rick Nurmi); six grandchildren, Hillary, Travis, Mallory, Gage, Audrey, and Hank; three great grandchildren, Brandon, Hayden and Riley; sisters, Heidi Tendrup, Sandy Hardina; brother, Butch Tendrup.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Susie, Joey, Betty, Ruthie; granddaughter, Virginia.
She will be greatly missed by her family and by everyone whose lives she touched.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 PM, Jan. 21, 2023, at the Camano Lutheran Church, 850 Heichel Road., Camano Island, Pastor Scott Brents presiding. Share your memories of Shirley and sign the on-line guest register.