Lorene Sees, 94, passed away on January 31, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. She was born May 30, 1924 in Lancaster, Missouri. Her parents were John and Olga Hale Sommer. She attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers’ College (now Truman State University) in Kirksville, Missouri. She was a life member of the national sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha. She taught fourth grade and music in the New Franklin, Missouri school system. In 1947, she married Earl Sees in Lancaster and they began their married life in Kirksville. Before moving to Arizona in 1958, she was a Girl Scout leader, Cerebral Palsy nursery volunteer, active in church activities, Truman State University music department piano accompanist, and member of Daughters of the American Revolution. In later years, she continued her education with membership in Phi Theta Kappa. Lifetime membership continued in Daughters of the American Revolution and National Society of Colonial Dames XVII. As a lifetime pianist, she was an accompanist in various organizations and was an accompanist for weddings and funerals. She was an interim church organist in Kirksville and later in Phoenix, AZ. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Phoenix. Between 1964-1970 she was the piano accompanist for the British Royal Ballet School in Phoenix. Lorene was a talented writer and artist with published poems and watercolor art.
She is survived by her daughter Sara Lester (William Lester, Sr.); grandson William Lester, Jr. (Patricia); two great-granddaughters Sara Lester and Krista Lester. She is also survived by special companion Lee Wheeler.
Visitation will be held at 10:00 AM, with the funeral service at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Hansen Mortuary, 8314 N. 7th Street, Phoenix 85020. Private graveside service at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery in the Veterans area beside Mr. Sees who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Memorials to American Diabetes Association, 5333 N. 7th Street, #B212, Phoenix, AZ 85014 would be appreciated. Visit https://www.hansenmortuary.com for condolences.Print Obituary & Condolences