Tributes to former mayoress known to everyone as Bubbles

Marjorie Lee, known as Bubbles, has passed away, aged 89.
Marjorie Lee, known as Bubbles, has passed away, aged 89.
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A FORMER lady mayoress, and district and county councillor, has died, aged 89.

Marjorie Lee, known as Bubbles, was lady mayoress in 1983-84 as her husband, Bruce Silverwood Lee, was Mayor of Grantham at that time.

She died at a residential home in York, where she moved to from Welby six years ago.

Well-known in the Grantham area, Mrs Lee helped set up the Grantham branch of the MS Society and was also heavily involved in the British Legion, Red Cross and the WRVS.

Mrs Lee’s daughter, Patricia Darne, paid tribute to her mother. She said: “What an incredible mother she was.

“She was dedicated to her commitments to charities and voluntary work. She is a hard act for any of us to follow.”

She leaves daughters Patricia, Jane and Sally, grandchildren Rebecca, Oliver, Aiden and Matthew, and three great-granchildren.

Mrs Lee moved to Grantham when she was six years old and went to the National School and Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School. Before marrying her husband, she worked as a cashier in a Grantham bank.

The couple moved to various places during Mr Lee’s time in the Army, always thinking of Grantham as their base.

They moved back to the area when Mr Lee came out of the Army in 1967. He passed away in 1993.

Mrs Lee was the first chairman of the Grantham branch of the MS Society in 1970.

Member Hazel Packham said: “She was the chairperson for many years. Even after she’d retired she came back and always had an interest in the society.”

l Mrs Lee’s funeral will take place at All Saints Church, Pavement, York, at 12.15pm on Tuesday. Donations are for the Royal British Legion.