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Doris Lee - October 22, 2012


Doris Lee was born on June 12, 1920 at Madrid, Neb. She was the oldest of two daughters born to Arthur and Minnie Davis Mickels. Doris grew up in the Madrid community and graduated from Madrid High School in 1938.
In 1886 T.K. and Catherine (Hastings) Davis came to Perkins County and homesteaded south of Madrid where they made their home and raised their children until 1919 when they moved to a farm north of Madrid.
Arthur and Minnie (Davis) Mickels were united in marriage on April 16, 1919 and began their roots into the family land where Minnie was born and raised. This union was blessed with two daughters, Doris and Esther. Arthur and Minnie moved into Madrid in 1968. George and Doris continued to farm the land and were often found working side by side.
In September of 2012 the Davis homestead land, which had been in the family for 126 years, was auctioned to the highest bidder. Doris was sad to see the last of her land sold. However, she had a smile on her face when she heard how much the land brought.
Doris was married to George Lee on April 12, 1939. They made their first home in a sod house on the old Joy place south of Grainton, Neb. Sharon was born on Oct. 18, 1940. Carol was born on May 14, 1944 and Raymond was born July 1, 1945.
After Don was born they moved to their farm home southeast of Madrid on land owned by Tom Faught. Darlene was born on July 22, 1954 and Glen was the last child born on Feb. 5, 1956. In 1967 they moved into Madrid where they operated a salvage yard and continued to farm.
George died in 2004 and Doris continued to maintain her home until 2007 when she moved to Westview in Grant, Neb. Doris stayed briefly at Westview before moving to the Golden Ours Convalescent Home in Grant.
Doris had been in failing health and died at Golden Ours on Monday morning, Oct.22, 2012. She had reached the age of 92.
She had a special love for the entire staff at Golden Ours. She was always ready for a friendly hug, a game of dominoes, bingo or other activities.
Doris also had a passion for genealogy. George and Doris made many trips, particularly to Missouri, to get information and locating family roots in the Lee, Davis and Mickels families with documentation in many scrapbooks. Doris was also always happy to receive new photographs to put in her scrapbooks or newspaper articles including her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Doris was a member of the Madrid United Methodist Church and the W.S.C.S. (UMW) George and Doris also enjoyed their card clubs and the friendships they developed.
In addition to her parents and husband, Doris was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol; son, Raymond Walter; sister, Esther Andrews; brother-in-law, Harold Andrews and niece, Carol Andrews.
She is survived by two daughters, Sharon and her husband Vern Parker of Gering, Neb. and Darlene and her husband John Potts of Grant; two sons, Don and his wife Bev of Madrid and Glen in Texas; 15 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Cremation was chosen. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Grant United Methodist Church with Pastor Nora Mendyk and Lance Heitman officiating.
Burial of cremains will be in the Madrid Cemetery.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.