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Wanda Ilene (Caudle) Lee

Posted 2022-11-23 by mhenderson
Published in Today's New Herald on Nov. 23, 2022 -
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
(personal article, page 5)

Wanda Ilene Lee was born on November 23, 1936 to Ada and Bernice Caudle,
in Lebanon, Missouri. Ilene graduated from Lebanon High School in 1954
and married her sweetheart Russell Wright in 1954. They raised 1 girl
and 3 boys and moved to Wittier and Ventura, California where he was a
car salesman for Cal Worthington Dodge. Russell died of a cerebral
hemorrhage in 1963.

Ilene and family moved many times and were in Anchorage, Alaska for a
couple of years. They moved to Kalispell to be near her brother, Albert
Caudle, who loved in Bigfork. She completed Beauty School and had a nice
following of Kalispell women. In 1971, she met Larry O. Lee at the Lee
Marine boat shop while buying pool supplies. They became a team and were
married February 16, 1973 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho at the Lutheran
Church. The wedding reception was next day at the Kalispell Elks Lodge.
They were married for 49 years. In addition to beauty work, Ilene
decorated cakes for all occasions. Her talents also created a wonderful
assortment of cookies for many families at the holidays.

Two daughters were born to Larry and Ilene; Libbe in 1975 and Elizabeth
in 1978. The family lived at Hwy 93 and Reserve Drive, with room for
animals. Libbe married Frank Gilbert in 1995 and Elizabeth married Jacob
Andersen in 1999. Michael Tyler Lee became a family member in 1993 and
is now 30 years old and a nice part of our family.

Ilene became a realtor property manager and had her own company,
Flathead Property Management. When her health began to sour, she wanted
out of the cold and wanted Arizona sunshine. They moved to Lake Havasu
City in 1996. Larry sold his real estate offices and joined McCulloch

Ilene enjoyed traveling with Larry to Elks conventions and events in
Montana and Grand Lodge Conventions for 15 years. She met many nice
people and loved her memories.

She is survived by Leshia Wright, Kyle Wright, Libbe and Frank Gilbert
of Lake Havasu, Elizabeth and Jacob Andersen of Liberty Lake,
Washington, Tyler Lee of Lake Havasu, 8 grandchildren and 5 great grand
children. Special family members include sister in law; Jinny Michels,
Nancy and Don Lockman of Florida, and brother in law; Tom and Barbara
Lee of Kalispell, Mary Jo & Jim Wright of California.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, her 1st husband;
Russell Wright, and sons; Randall and Brad Wright.

She enjoyed her back yard, all of the birds, and the view of town. She
made personalized cards for all occasions in her craft room. The cards
were Irish Folding and embroidered, she enjoyed giving them away. She
also had a love for baking pies, cookies and decorated cakes. She
enjoyed playing games including pony tail cards.

Services were entrusted to the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home.
Thoughts and condolences can be sent to the family at www.lietz-

A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday November 23, 2022 at 12:30 PM
at Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home. Graveside will follow at 2:00 PM at Lake
Havasu Memorial Gardens. A reception will follow at Lake Havasu Realtor

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