Corsicana Daily Sun
Josephine Richards Lee, age 91, of Los Alamos, N.M. passed away on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012 at the Aspen Ridge Lodge Assisted Living Center in Los Alamos. She was born Nov. 7, 1920 in Emhouse, Texas to David O. and Ona Mae Richards.
Jo Lee was a one-of-a-kind Texas Belle, who loved her family, friends and football — especially the Dallas Cowboys. She was a devoted “soccer Mom” when it was a “football and baseball Mom” rather than soccer. She never complained as she literally made hundreds of trips to take her two sons, Mike and Jim, to football and baseball practices and games in Junior High through High School, track meets at the old Cobb Stadium, and uncounted fund raisers. She fed untold meals to her sons' fellow team members. Oh, she could cook! She literally was “All In” supporting the youth of Casa Linda and Casa View in Dallas. She was also athletic in her own right, playing softball and basketball at Corsicana High School decades (1938) before Title 9 came to be. Later she was the avid football fan watching and worrying over the Cowboys every chance she could. In her later years, she even refused to watch football with her fellow senior ladies in case a “bad play” might provoke her to say a “bad word” in front of her friends!
After her football mom duties were over, she served the Dallas community as a registrar at the Dallas Market Center working directly for the founder Trammel Crow. She loved helping the Center guests including the A-lists of Hollywood and Sports.
Jo was also an avid Bridge player playing from her 20's until well past 90 years old. She loved to play the retired PhD scientists at Los Alamos Senior Center and beat them almost all the time!
She is survived by two sons: Mike Lee of St. George, Utah (wife: Barbara) and Jim Lee of Edgewood, N.M. (wife: Terryl); Four grandchildren: Stacey Eaton of Los Alamos, N.M. (husband: Lance); Megan Wood of Frisco, Texas (husband: Sam); Josh Dixon of St. Louis, MO. (wife: Faye); and, Zach Dixon of Las Vegas, NV. She is also survived by four great grandchildren: Hunter and Walker Eaton of Los Alamos; Maddie Grace Wood of Frisco; and, Tess Dixon of St. Louis.
She was preceded in death by her husband: James H. Lee and her two sisters: Edith Brooks and Floriene Summerall.
All in all, Jo Lee was an unforgettable character who will be in our thoughts and hearts always. She specialized in making the world a better place.
Graveside services will be held Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana with Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. An online guestbook is available at www.corleyfuneralhome.com.