Joan Marie Lee, 77, passed away Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Health System-Bloomer.

Joan Marie was born Jan. 13, 1940, in Belvidere, Ill., the daughter of Francis and Leota (Niss) Bryant.

She was raised and educated in the Belvidere area. She married Curtis “Curt” Lee March 3, 1956, in Belvidere. Marie was 16 and Curt 19. They were married for 61 years. They moved to New Auburn in 1964, where they eventually built their home.

Marie enjoyed cooking, gardening, flowers and animals of all sorts. She would spend hours watching wildlife. She even made it to the casinos every now and then, sometimes sneaking off all alone or sometimes with Mel. Marie and Curt actually did ok with their gambling.

Marie was a wonderful wife, mother, grandma and all-around homemaker. She loved everyone no matter what. Marie had many close friends whom she loved unconditionally.

Marie is survived by her husband, Curtis of New Auburn; children, Valerie Annette (Steve) Burton of Bloomer, Charles Francis (Paula) Lee of Menomonie; five grandchildren, Staci, Steph, Sammi, Tyler and Curtis; five great-grandchildren, Maleah, Annemarie, Jordan, Parker, and Kai.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; son, Joseph Lee; sister, Virginia Carol Bryant Sandeen; brother, Lloyd Laverne Bryant.

The family would like to thank everyone who assisted with Joan Marie’s care at Mayo Clinic Health System-Bloomer and Mayo Clinic Health System-Eau Claire and Schriver-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Services. They were wonderful and caring.

A memorial visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec.r 9, at Schriver-Thompson Funeral Home, Bloomer.

Schriver-Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services, Bloomer is serving the family. To offer online condolences please visit, www.thompsonfuneralhome.com.

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