Julia Ann's Story
Funeral services for Julia Ann Lee are 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at the First Baptist Church in Tahlequah. Officiating are Rev. Buddy Hunt and Chaplain Kevin Webster. Serving as pallbearers are her grandchildren: Megan Pool (McGee) and husband Zach of Tulsa, Mason McGee, Trey Nelson, Bailee Nelson, and Mandi Jo Nelson. Interment will follow in the Tahlequah City Cemetery under the care of Green Country Funeral Home.
Julia Ann (Richardson) Lee, known to everyone as "Judy," was born on May 6, 1941, in Lawton, Oklahoma, to John Lewis Richardson and Julia Mason Richardson. She went to heaven on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 2018, at her home surrounded by her family at the age of 76 years, 9 months and 8 days.
Judy was born and raised in Lawton, Oklahoma, and graduated from Lawton High School in May 1959. She furthered her education at Northeastern State University, receiving her bachelor's degree in elementary education, followed by her master's degree in reading with a Reading Specialist Certificate.
Judy met the love of her life, Loy Lee, when she was 14 years old. She worked as a student helper at the Board of Education in Lawton and Loy drove a school bus while attending high school. He was 17 years old. He would drop off his gas tickets in the same office where Judy was working. She caught his eye and he asked her to go to the movies. After that, when he would drop by to see her, sometimes she would not look up from her work to notice him standing out in the hall. The custodian noticed his distress, and would drop his big heavy metal dustpan to make a loud noise, causing Judy to look up and see him through the small rectangular window in the door. She would then go out into the hall for a little chat. After four years of dating, they married on Aug. 8, 1959, in her parent's home in Lawton. They have been happily married for almost 59 wonderful years.
The couple lived in Lawton until Loy was accepted into the 18th Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy. Upon his graduation, they were stationed in Tulsa and were then transferred to Tahlequah in January 1965. Together, they started their family and raised two daughters, Lorie and Shelly. Judy loved her family unconditionally, and was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother.
Judy's teaching career began in 1971, at Cherokee Elementary in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where she taught 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 6th grades for 27 years. She retired from teaching in 1998. Through the years, she has touched the lives of countless children, many of whom continue to stay in touch with her to this day.
Judy loved spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren, and doing for others. Some of her happiest moments were when her entire family was together. Judy and Loy enjoyed traveling together and taking their grandchildren on many adventures, making memories that will be treasured forever. She loved shopping with her daughters, and was a very thrifty shopper, always looking for bargains.
Judy is preceded in death by her parents, John and Julia "Dollie" Richardson; her younger brother, John Richardson Jr.; and grandson, Jordan Lee McGee.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Loy of the home; two daughters, Lorie McGee and husband Randy of Tahlequah, and Shelly Nelson and husband Mike of Fort Gibson; five grandchildren, Megan Pool (McGee) and husband Zach of Tulsa, Mason McGee, Trey Nelson, Bailee Nelson, and Mandi Jo Nelson; and many other dear family and friends. Judy's family would like to express their sincere appreciation to all who helped provide care, support, and prayers for her and her family.
Published on February 16, 2018