Patti Ann Lee
Sept. 5, 1950 — Sept. 2, 2020
Patti Ann Lee, 69, died peacefully at home on Sept. 2, 2020, surrounded by the women who lovingly cared for in her last months: her sister Janet, Shawn Mackay, Linda Pliml, and Sheran Wallis.
Patti was born Sept. 5, 1950, in Lansing, to Lois and Danny Lee. She graduated from Lansing Community College in radiologic technology and worked at MSU’s Olin Center as a rad tech. She arrived in our Twin Cities to work at the former Mercy Hospital in Benton Harbor; on the job, she trained Lake Michigan College (LMC) rad tech students who were doing their clinicals. Eventually Patti became the clinical director of the LMC program and finally program coordinator.
Patti completed a master’s degree at the University of Notre Dame in Not-for-Profit Administration with her dear friend, Sheran; forever after, Patti held a great love for Notre Dame. Patti earned a second master’s degree in post-secondary counseling, from Western Michigan University, and shifted her professional duties to student services at LMC. She advised and counseled undecided students, veterans, international students, health sciences students and displaced workers. At one time, she served as student ombudsman. In 2002, Patti was named Counselor of the Year by the Berrien-Cass-Van Buren Counselor Association.
Patti trained at Appalachian State University in student assessment and analyzed the relationship between placement testing and course success at LMC. Patti was also a strong advocate for faculty at LMC; she helped write the Faculty Senate bylaws and served as the Senate’s first secretary.
Patti traveled far and wide with Sheran. They drove Route 66, Big Sur, braved mountain-hugging Utah National Parks roads and the other side of the road in Ireland. They spent time in the winter in Florida. They visited almost every state in the country, along with Ireland and England, and Patti took professional-grade photos along the way. A great music lover, Patti attended many concerts; among the performers she saw live were Dolly Parton, Johnny Mathis, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel and Barbra Streisand.
Patti always enjoyed sharing meals with her friends, especially the “Dinner Divas,” the “Lunch Bunch,” Shawn and Marsha and the LMC Retirees and Friends. Patti joined the Fairplain Lions Club in 2020 and regretted not being able to participate in the Lions free testing of children’s eyesight.
Patti was an excellent cook and shared her knowledge with others. She took great pride and pleasure in cooking for her family and friends, especially her dear friend Linda. She was devoted to the Cooking Channel and “In the Kitchen with David.”
At the Rainbow Bridge Patti will be met by her beloved dogs: Charlie and Sammie, generations one and two. Her “girls” were a great comfort and she and “Gramma Linda” took their care very seriously. They were so loved that some friends suggested that they wanted to be reincarnated as one of Patti’s girls.
She is survived by her sister, Janet Lee of East Lansing; sister, Susan Morrison of Baldwin and nephews: Jacob, Jason, and Brian. Patti was blessed to have Linda Pliml and many friends who survive her. She was embraced by the Wallis family and survived by sister-friend, Sheran of Benton Harbor; “son,” Bob (Beth Gregory-Wallis) of Kalamazoo; “daughter,” Elizabeth (Eric Lund) of Macomb Township, and four kids who called her “Gramma Patti”: Duncan, Lucy, Katie, and Maddie.
Patti asked that memorials be made to the organization of your choice. A celebration of Patti’s life will be held at a later date.
Posted On: Thursday, September 10, 2020 8:15 AM