Glennis Lee was promoted to Heaven’s organ guild on Friday, March 2, 2012. She passed away at home surrounded by her loving family.

    Glennis Lee was promoted to Heaven’s organ guild on Friday, March 2, 2012. She passed away at home surrounded by her loving family.
    A celebration of life service was held on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Dan Cline officiating at First Christian Church, 318 N. Adams, Mason City, Iowa.
    Glennis Faith Clipperton was born on September 9, 1935 to A.I. and Ellen (Kruse) Clipperton in Martin County, Minnesota.
    On April 19, 1955 she married Donald Edwin Lee in England while he served in the U. S. Army. After service the two farmed in Dexter, Minnesota for three years before Don entered barber school. They moved to Mason City in 1959 when Don became an apprentice barber.
    Glennis was an accomplished musician. For the past 35 years she has been the organist at the First Christian Church, where she also directed the handbell choir and enjoyed singing in the church choir and area choral concerts. She also played for several area funeral homes and churches in Mason City. In 1958, she won a state-wide talent competition in Minnesota by recording her own piano accompaniment to which she played an unusual set of two-and-a-half octave tuned cow bells. She won a trip to Boston where she played at the National Farm Bureau Convention. She entertained many groups in this way over the years. In addition to her set of cow bells, Glennis was an avid collector of bells from around the world.
    As a member of the American Guild of Organists, she served as treasurer and was past dean for the local chapter. She was also a member of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, Matinee Musicale, Hawkeye Movie Makers, served as secretary for several years for Gardeners of North Iowa, and served on the Community Concert board. While raising her children she was active in PTA, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and teaching Sunday school.
    In addition to her love of music, Glennis was a life long gardener, not only in the literal sense but in the spiritual as well. She gently tended and nurtured all who came in contact with her, many more than her five children called her mother.
    Since her retirement from Mercy Home Care in 2000, she and Don enjoyed many travels together including train trips and cruises. They loved to travel to our national treasures as well as abroad. They turned their small acreage into a gardener’s paradise, complete with pond. During the past several years their yard has been included in many garden and pond tours. Most important to her was spending time with her family.
    Survivors include her loving husband of 57 years, Don Lee; daughter, Rebby (Harold; Angie, Joy, Alluia) Lucas of Waterloo, IA; son, David (Aimee; Chris, Alex, Ben, Caden, Morgan) Lee of Mason City, IA; daughter, Marja (Cinco; Zachary, Zeke, Quinton, Kenn) Fletchall of University Park, IA; son, Dennis (Camille; Tristyn, Skyler) Lee of Mason City, IA; daughter, Beth (Pete; Jordan, Josh, Isabelle) Stern of Monticello, WI, nine great-grandchildren; siblings, Irene (Silas) McGehee, Vernon (Inez) Clipperton, Joyce (Bob) Noyce, Ronald (Dorothy) Clipperton, Noel (Lois) Clipperton, Maurice (Barb) Clipperton, Athele (Dennis) Knutson, Ruth (Don) Peters and Samuel (Celeste) Clipperton.
    Glennis was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Thomas Clipperton.
    Memorials may be given to Una Vocis Choral Ensemble commissioning fund /Glennis Lee for an organ and choral composition to be written in her memory, Hospice of North Iowa, or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.