In Memory

Jeanne Lee

Jeanne Lee

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07/31/11 12:56 PM #1    

Thomas Evans


    In school, Jean was the sister I never had. her talent in art and everything she touched

    made many lives better. Her family was my 'other' family and watching as Jean grew to write

    and paint her way in the world was always blessed with her extra large and beautiful smile.

07/31/11 07:41 PM #2    

Pam Johnson (Hayes)

 Jeanne was someone I admired for her zest, creativity and intelligence.  I wish I had stayed in touch with her and mourn her passing.

09/13/11 12:47 PM #3    

Chuck Holmen


Jean Clarise Lee

Posted: Monday, January 18, 2010 11:00 pm


Jean Clarise Lee died in her home in Baton Rouge, LA on Sunday, January 3, 2010.

Jean, the daughter of Richard and Ardythe Lee, was born August 15, 1948 in Eau Claire, WI. She was raised in Eau Claire, where she graduated from Memorial High School in 1967.

Jean was a very talented and brilliant person. She received a BA from the University of WI, Eau Claire in 1980, a Masters in Fine Arts from Louisiana State University in Creative Writing with a GPA of 4.0, went to the Art Institute of Chicago and completed several undergraduate courses of study at LSU.

She wrote a book called Prairies, Prayers, and Promises, An Illustrated History of Galesburg, as well as numerous published short stories and poems. She was one of the founders of Farmer's Market, a journal of contemporary writing.

Jean worked for the Louisiana Department of Education, where she was well loved and respected by her colleagues as a very "astute editor to writer, artist and poet."

She is survived by her daughter, Amber Spencer of Eau Claire; her brother, Robert Lee, Sr. of Eau Claire; her sister, Linda Mertes of Chandler, AZ, and her sister, Julie Hunt of Eau Claire.

A memorial service in her honor will be held on Saturday, January 23rd, 11am, at Peace Lutheran Church 501 East Fillmore Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701 with visitation one hour prior to service.

Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701, is assisting the family.

Friends may offer online condolences at

07/11/13 09:06 PM #4    

Patricia Madden

I want to leave a smooth edged memory stone on this memorial for Jeanne Lee. She was a person of great creativity, artistry and merit, as well as a lot of fun. I knew her during my only year at Memorial in 1967, from times spent together in Mr. Killan's art room...and from several years at UWEC, studying art, the politics of the time and life.


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