The passing of Agnes Lee marks the end of the earthly service of one of the great and noble women of the Tribe. Agnes slipped into eternity on September 2, 2022 surrounded by family. She was devoted to her God, church, and family. She was a teacher, a disciple of learning, and spent much of her lengthy life acquiring knowledge. She served in many capacities in life, but perhaps her greatest contribution came as a faithful and ever-devoted companion to her dear husband, the late Van Lee. She supported him in all his endeavors and was at his side for those many years and abiding by their parental responsibilities. She was gentle, kind, had her unique sense of humor we all adored, and she was shy. She was a woman of intelligence and culture, strength, and beauty. She had an unquenchable appetite for reading and learning the gospel of Jesus Christ — an appetite it would be well for the rest of us to acquire.

I was always struck by her affirming power of her words when she conveyed her testimony; it was like she knew us in a way no one else did. She called our attention that the things that really matter — dignity, work, love and kindness — are things that we can share, and don’t cost anything. She was an angel mother and everything those words imply; she was tender-hearted, and her twinkling smiling eyes were like a soft warm welcome to assure anyone on any given day that things would be all right.

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