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Thelma  Katherine McCarty  Lee

Obituary for Thelma Katherine McCarty Lee

August 12, 1929 - August 17, 2019
Owensboro, Kentucky | Age 90


Thelma McCarty Fiorella Lee, 90, of Owensboro ,passed away August 17, 2019. She was born August 12, 1929 in Harrodsburg, Kentucky to Charles C. and Bessie Williams McCarty, the youngest of six children. The family moved to Owensboro in 1939. She graduated from Owensboro High School in 1947 and attended Western Kentucky Business College in Bowling Green, Kentucky and was a member of Delta Theta Sorority. Upon returning home to Owensboro, she worked in numerous secretarial and office management jobs until she and her first husband became co-owners of Sure Gas, Inc. in 1973. Upon retirement from Sure Gas, Inc., she was employed as Office Manager for Professional Planning Associates for nine years. In 1984 she obtained the position of Legal Administrator for the law firm of Holbrook, Gary, Wible and Sullivan until her retirement in 1987 when she moved to Southern California with her new husband Frank Lee, whom she had re-met in 1986 at their high school class reunion. They remained in California for 15 years then returned to their home town of Owensboro in 2001. While living in California she did volunteer work for several charitable organizations.

She was preceded in death by her parents, five siblings and two grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Gilbert "Frank" Lee, four children; Michael A. Fiorella (Cindy) of Owensboro, KY; Gregory A. Fiorella (Patricia) of Clarksville, TN; Marcy Fiorella\ Batke (Dale) of Medina, OH and Carla Fiorella Balden (Bill) of Lexington, KY; 5 grandchildren - Lacey, Carrie, Jonathan, Alex Fiorella and Jill Fiorella Wells and six great grandchildren. In addition, there are four step-children; Mary C. Maxwell of Reno, NV; Michael E. Lee (Judy) of W. Sacramento, CA; Bruce F. Lee of Jamestown, CA and Janet L. Lee of Sacramento, CA;
15 step grandchildren, 16 step great grandchildren and 14 step great, great grandchildren.

The funeral service will be 2 pm Monday, August 19, 2019 at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory. Visitation will be from 10 am until time of service on Monday. Burial will follow at Owensboro Memorial Gardens.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Owensboro Christian Church or Hospice of Western KY.

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  • Owensboro Christian Church
    2818 New Hartford Road
    Owensboro, KY 42303

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Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory

900 Old Hartford Road
Owensboro, KY 42303
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