Maurine Edwards Lee was born June 23, 1930, in Southern Illinois, to parents Guy and Ruby Clark Edwards. As a child she gave her heart and life to the Lord Jesus. She graduated from Sesser High School in 1948, then attended Free Will Baptist Bible College in Nashville, Tennessee, graduating in 1952. There she found the love of her life, George C. Lee of Calhoun City, Mississippi, and they married August 8, 1951. Their commitment to the Lord led them to Shelton, Nebraska in 1954 as Free Will Baptist Home Missionaries. In the years that followed, George pastored churches in Memphis, Tennessee; Durham, North Carolina; Albany, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; and Goldsboro, North Carolina.
A service celebrating Maurine’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Victory Free Will Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home.
As a pastor’s wife and mother, Maurine knew the power of prayer and she was a prayer warrior. She began each day reading God’s Word and spending time in prayer.
Maurine found her place in life through service to others. She faithfully sent birthday and anniversary cards to family, friends, and church members. She loved to bake and can and freeze and preserve, and then generously share it with others. She was skilled in sewing, crochet, and quilting, again, to give away. Making something beautiful for someone else gave her joy.
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She devoted many years of service on the local, state and international level of FWB women’s ministries. She wrote and edited for the FWB Sunday School Department.
She will be remembered for her knowledge and understanding of the Bible shared in the wonderful Sunday School classes she taught, for her compassion for others, and for her gentle spirit.
Maurine is survived by her husband of 63 years, George C. Lee; their children: Melinda Caughron and her husband Ken, of Fremont; Mary Vaughn and her husband Bill, of Hendersonville TN; Tom Lee and his wife Hiller, of Raleigh NC; and Paul Lee of Goldsboro; and their grandsons Gabriel Lee, Eric Vaughn, and Chris Vaughn. She is also survived by her sister, Ruthann Hall, and sisters-in-law, Esther Edwards, Lora Holland, Nellie Yelverton, and Wanda Harrelson. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Don, and four sisters, Lois, Reba, Mary Lou and Rosemary.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Maurine’s memory to Welch College (3606 West End Avenue, Nashville TN 37205-9989) or The Gideons International (PO Box 10093, Goldsboro NC 27532).
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.