Barbara Judd Lee passed away early in the morning Saturday (Aug. 26, 2017) ending a sixteen year struggle with neuropathy, at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria where she had been a patient for one week. She was also a thirteen year breast cancer survivor and suffered from diabetes. Her family, while mourning her loss, is rejoicing in her freedom from pain.
Barbara was born on October 27, 1947 (to Bettie and James H. Judd) in Nashville, TN. She spent her early childhood with her maternal grandparents in Mississippi and then moved to Denham Springs, Los Angeles when her mother remarried. She graduated from Denham Springs High School where she was in the marching band. At 18, she moved to Nashville, TN, to live with her father, James H Judd. She joined the U.S. Air Force in 1968 where she met and fell in love with James A. Lee. She and James were married on June 20, 1969. They were stationed in Taiwan for fifteen months. Barb was one of only four U.S. service women to be stationed there, as part of a trial to see if women in the military could handle remote assignments. After discharge from the military, she attended Rochester Community College, and Moorhead State University graduating with a teaching degree in Business Education. The Lee family lived in Rock Dell, for 16 years. Barbara was the first female Mac Tool franchise dealer in the state, and later worked as a substitute teacher for several local school districts. The family moved to Oakdale, in 1995 where Barbara worked as a real estate agent until 2001 when she became disabled. Jim and Barb moved to Alexandria, in Dec 2013, building their retirement home near the lakes Barb and Jim had always loved. Jim was a longtime employee with the State of Minnesota until his retirement in 2011
Barbara was a past member of East St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rock Dell. She enjoyed her children, fishing, flowers, birds and gardening. She was an avid sports fan, supporting the Minnesota Vikings, Twins, and Lynx as well as following collegiate football and women's collegiate basketball. While she supported the sports teams of her adopted home state of Minnesota, but she remained a staunch supporter of both the Tennessee Vols and LSU Tigers. She enjoyed travel and in later years loved visiting Hawaii. Barbara was a loving and caring mother of Elaina Lee of Sartell, MN, and Allen Lee of Minot, N. D. She was ever mindful of every step and misstep, guiding them until her last days.
She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, James Lee; her daughter Dr. Elaina Lee (Dr. Steve Patterson); her son Allen Lee; sister-in-law, Rev. Becky Lee; and her four very precious cats and companions Dixie, Dolly, Sam, and Smokey. She is preceded in death by her parents James H. Judd and Bettie W. Lard, Joe M. Lard - stepfather.
The funeral service for Barbara Judd Lee will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 31 at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rock Dell with Rev. Paul Thompson officiating. Burial with military graveside honors by the Hayfield American Legion Post 933 will take place in the church cemetery. A time of visitation will take place from 5 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning. The family suggests memorials to East St. Olaf Church in Rock Dell. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com