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Patricia Elaine Lee

09/04/1952 - 02/23/2022
Service Date: 03/13/2022
Service Time: 2:00 pm
Service Location: Bunker's University Chapel- 3529 E. University Dr., Mesa, AZ 85213

To attend the service virtually visit:https://youtu.be/f-Titc99BlE

Patricia Elaine Lee passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on February 23, 2022 in Mesa, Arizona at the age of 69.  She was born on September 4, 1952 to Walter Bell and Iris Gardner  in Smith county, Tyler, Texas. On September 15, 1972, she married her high school sweetheart, Ernest Lee, and became a military wife.  Together they were blessed to celebrate almost 50 years of marriage exploring life from Texas to Germany. They permanently  settled in Arizona in 1986, and together they raised two daughters and were blessed to see three grandsons and two granddaughters.

Patricia attended Tyler public schools where she attended Emmett J. Scott High School and graduated from John Tyler. She loved singing and being surrounded by music.  She was a natural artist who could draw, paint, and also enjoyed etching.  Pat also loved books and was an avid reader who enjoyed all genres, especially mystery, horror, and suspense.  In her spare time she also loved completing puzzles.  Pat loved to travel but was happiest spending time with her family and seeing everyone healthy and happy.

Those that will be waiting for her in her eternal home will be her mother and step father, Ray and Iris Simmons; father, Walter Bell; brother, Derrick Simmons; maternal grandparents, Robert and Rebecca Gardner; paternal grandmother, Florence Bell; aunts, Carol Gardner Bartlett and Audrey Gardner; and uncles, Richard Gardner, Carl Gardner, and her niece Anitrice Simmons.

Those left to cherish Patricia’s memories are her husband of 50 years, Ernest Lee; two daughters, Andrea Lee and Shalana Taylor; three grandsons, Jermaine McGowan Jr, Darrius Lee, and as yet, unborn, Rayne Taylor. Two granddaughters Nya McCullough and Aaliya Taylor;  Three sisters: Cherry Gardner and Diann Simmons, Tyler, TX and Gloria Simmons, Denton, TX; aunts, LaDessa Gardner, Frisco, Texas; Angelina Smith, Whitehouse, TX, and Veta Gardner, Port St. Lucie, FL; and her uncle, Howard Gardner, Lynnwood, CA; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family members, cousins and friends.

Patricia Lee will be dearly missed and the home coming ceremony will be held at Bunker’s University Chapel, 3529 E University Dr, Mesa, AZ.


Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • April Marrow and Jimmy Cruise

    We will miss Pat she was a lot of fun. So sorry for your loss.

  • Pat I will miss your smiling face and the quick wit between you and Ernie. You two would keep us laughing while playing Bunco and cards. I know now you are a angel walking by his side or him carting you when he needs you. Ernie you and the Family can get through this together. Remember Pat is with you cracking her jokes. Please let me be there for you and the family Love Ya All Bunches
    Connie Wolfe

  • Robin and Carole Hachey

    Dear Ernie & Family,
    Please accept our Deepest Condolences on the loss of your Wife & Mother Pat. She was a special person and we share in your grief. Your wife will be missed by all who were lucky enough to have known her. May you find peace and love in the memories that you all cherish. Are hearts go out to you all in your time of grieving. Pat will be sorely missed. Love The Hachey’s Robin, Carole, Don

  • I had talked to her the day before and we talked about how long it’s been since we had heard each other’s voice. My love goes out to my family.

  • Patricia A Bradley

    Pat was a lovely person and will be missed by everyone that knew her. My deepest condolences go out to her husband, daughters and grandchildren. My condolences also to my dear friends/extended family Gloria, Diann and Cherry. May God’s peace, love and comfort rest on you. Patricia Bradley

  • Barbara Walls

    Rest in peace Sister in law. It seems like yesterday when I introduced you to my brother. What wonderful memories we shared in those early years at Emmett Scott in Tyler and in Germany. I wish miss you dearly.

  • I met Pat at my wedding where Lee was being a groomsman. We become friend then and have been close and dear friends since. I loved Pat like a sister and spend many hours laughing, playing dominoes or cards together and layer bunko. One of my favourite memories is when I took her to see Chaka Khon. She sang almost louder then the group because as you all know she knew every word to almost every song and had a beautiful voice. We played music trivia once and I learned that was a mistake. She wiped my … To Ernie and the girls I love you all and my prayers are with you.

  • Howard Gardner

    Prayers go to Ernest and family My lovely favorite niece Pat, I spoke with her all the time my love goes with you always until we meet again ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

  • My condolences to the family may the Lord our God Jesus Christ wrap you in his loving arms and give you peace and comfort doing your time of sorrow and grief God bless you all 🙏🏿

  • My deepest condolences to you and the family May the Lord our God Jesus Christ give you comfort and peace during your time of sorrow and grief 🙏🏿

  • Stephanie Collier

    God, thank you for my sister-in-law, Patricia Lee. Thank you for all of the wonderful memories and years that we were able to share together as family. May you rest in heaven and until we see each other again, you will be truly missed. love you dearly.

  • My sincere condolences goes out to the Lee family. I will miss my occasional chat with Pat She would always send me photos of the family and always send me Christmas cards. Goodbye Pat
    You will always be remembered in
    my heart You are now at peace . RIP Pat
    Aunt Vets

  • Pat was one of the most loving caring person I have ever met. Her warm smile and quiet wit will be missed by all who knew her. I’m so glad I spent that last afternoon with Pat and Ernie and get a hug . Love to Ernie and family.

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