Lillian Matthews Lee



Lillian Matthews Lee, loving wife of her beloved husband, Orrin Jerome Lee, passed away peacefully at home of natural causes on May 24, 2018, after a full life of 95 years. She passed with her three sons at her side.

Lillian was born in Wade, NC, one of seven children of Fred and Lula Matthews. She graduated from Central High School, and moved to Fayetteville as a young lady to work as a waitress. She met Orrin Jerome Lee, a Fort Bragg Military Policeman from Cambridge, Wisconsin. They were married in 1942. Lillian and Orrin resided in Fayetteville where Lillian worked for many years at the Holiday Inn restaurant, retiring in 1978. Together with Orrin, a Fayetteville Police Officer, they raised their three sons.

Lillian was predeceased by Orrin and five of her siblings, Ruby Matthews, Havens Lucas, Grace McMillan, Blanche Logan, and Norman Matthews. She leaves behind two dear sisters, Ella Dragun, of Bluffton, SC, and Mexie Thompson (Tony) of Logansville, GA. Also surviving are her three sons, Leslie Lee (Charlene), of New Port Richey, FL; LeRoy Lee, of the home; and Ronald Lee (Cathy) of Aiken, SC. Also, grandchildren Laura Lee-Morehouse (Russell); Matthew Lee (Katie); Christopher Lee (fiancé Whitney Duteau); Heather Carlin (Mike); and great-granddaughter Lillian Jeanette Lee, daughter of Matt and Katie. Lillian is also survived by three step-grandchildren, seven step-great-grandchildren, and three step-great-great-grandchildren, all of whom she loved as her own. She is further survived by a host of loving nieces and nephews from coast to coast, all dear to her heart.

Lillian and Orrin were active with their family and friends, with many happy memories of boating on the Cape Fear River, Hope Mills Lake, White Lake, and trips to the beach. They enjoyed traveling, especially when visiting family was involved. Lillian’s social life revolved around her own family, her siblings, her many friends, and her church family at Saint James Lutheran Church. She was a long time member of St. James’ Rachel Circle, and was hard to beat at the St. James Primetimers’ bunco games.

Lillian will be remembered for her love for everyone, her love of butterflies, and her sense of humor, all of which she displayed to the end. Born a blonde, she was always quick with a blonde joke, a knock-knock joke, stories of sticks and boomerangs, and parrots (“you know”).

The family would like to express heartfelt love and appreciation to LeRoy, who lived with Lillian and selflessly served as her primary caregiver for years.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to St. James Lutheran Church, 1424 Morganton Road, P.O. Box 53276, Fayetteville, NC, 28305, where Lillian has worshipped for over seventy years.

The funeral service will be held Tuesday May 29, 2018, at 1PM, with visitation in the church 2 hours prior to the service. The graveside service will follow at Lafayette Memorial Park on Ramsey Street.