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Mrs. Kathy Lee, age 71, of Republic, Missouri, passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018 in her home, surrounded by her family. She was born on February 11, 1947 in Broseley, Missouri, the daughter of Ruford and Ina (Puckett) Cross.

She was united in marriage on April 27, 1963 to Elmer Ray Lee.

Kathy’s family was very proud of her cooking skills (especially her meatloaf). She had owned and operated a restaurant in Illinois before moving to Republic in 1990. She retired as head cook for the Republic Senior Center, where she earned numerous state recognitions. Kathy also enjoyed baking, sewing, crocheting, spending time with family, especially when she beat them in playing cards; and always praising her God.

She is preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, John, Ruford, and Paul and his wife Maria; and a sister, Judy Cross.

Kathy is survived by her husband of 54 years, Elmer; three children, Angela Lee, Jeff Lee and wife Cassie, and Jason Lee, and wife Sarah Henderson; two grandchildren, Caleb and Jon Lee; three siblings and their spouses, Ron and Joni Cross, Betty and Carl Minehart, and Connie and Bill Wagner; numerous nieces and nephews; and other cherished family and friends.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Monday, March 12, 2018 in Evergreen Cemetery, Republic, under the direction of Meadors Funeral Home, Republic. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Meals on Wheels, of Republic. Family and friends may share online condolences on this website, at

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