Ossie L. Lee, 80, homemaker, activist

January 18, 2004

Ossie L. Lee, a homemaker, community activist and volunteer with the developmentally disabled, died Jan. 11 of multiple myeloma at Mercy Medical Center. The Baltimore resident was 80.

Her youngest son's struggles with developmental disabilities led Mrs. Lee to become active in community health issues. She served on several advisory boards at University Hospital and volunteered with the Baltimore Association of Retarded Citizens. She also was involved with the Sandtown-Winchester Improvement Association and recently was president of the St. James Tenants Association.

A longtime member of St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church, she was a member of the parish council and the Women's Club.

Ossie Karnegay was born in Goldsboro, N.C., and moved to Baltimore in 1939. During World War II, while working in a munitions factory, she met George Edward Lee, a warehouse worker. The couple were married 57 years. He died in 1999.

Services were Thursday at St. Gregory.

Survivors include three sons, George E. Lee Jr., of Baltimore, the Rev. Reginald E. Lee of Anderson, Ind., and Kevin E. Lee, of Towson; a sister, Grace M. Brown, of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

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