Lovie Kaye Lee
Lovie Kaye Lee was born on September 16, 1928 in Mercedes, Texas. She moved to a farm south of Verden in 1930 and lived there until she left for college. Kaye attended OCW (Oklahoma College of Women) for a Bachelor degree of Education. Kaye taught her first year in Clovis, New Mexico with a classroom size of 40 students. Kaye tells people she had no cell phone or tv and the land phone was so expensive that it was never used.
The early years included severe dust storms at night and she was forced to sleep with wash cloths on her face. The depression didn’t affect her greatly- as living on the farm they always had plenty to eat. Other things they needed were butchered.
Kaye attended Oklahoma State University the summer of 1951 and stayed with her aunt and uncle who were professors at OSU. Kaye didn’t want to go back to Clovis- Bonita (her roommate for 4 years and bridesmaid) was going overseas. That was when Kaye used an atlas to find two towns with exciting names: Newport and Coosbay on the Oregon coast. Newport wired Kaye and Coosbay wrote her offering her a job. Kaye chose Newport.
Kaye left Oklahoma City at mid-night with 100-degree weather and when she arrived in Newport she nearly froze.
Not knowing anyone Kaye took a bus to Newport and the superintendent met her and was supposed to have a room for her, but with it being the last week of summer there was not a room to be had! He drove her by where the teachers that were returning from last year lived and he told her they didn’t want an Okie living with them. The teachers agreed to let Kaye stay one night. That evening a group of young men came by to visit the three teachers. They invited them out to eat and go dancing at the local country club. Kaye met Neil before she was even able to see the ocean. The next day the three teachers asked her to move in with them for the school year.
Neil proposed on Valentines day and they were married the following summer. In the fall of 1953 they moved to Salem. Neil entered college at Willamette. It was difficult for Neil as he had never attended high school. After the first semester was over it was a breeze for him.
While living on the East Coast she was blessed with three wonderful children: William Curtis was born in January 1953, Jennifer Ann was born in April of 1959 and Jeannette Louise was born in July of 1963.
In 1970 their family moved back to her hometown of Verden, Oklahoma. Shortly after that they suffered a terrible tragedy. Their 17-year-old son went to California to attend a church camp. When Curtis arrived in Oklahoma he was invited to join his cousin Grant Loveless and the youth group of the First Baptist Church of Chickasha’s annual Falls Creek Camp. After returning from camp he was heading back for the Sunday night Falls Creek service on Grand Ave off of Lake Burchee road, where he lost control of his car and lost his life.
Kaye spoke of having to look at her life and stop to think about the two wonderful daughters that needed her now more than ever. Neil and Kaye walked many miles and cried many tears on the farm. They would come back to the house and face another day with the girls. Kaye wrote to her children that; one will face many unpleasant things during a life- that is life- you have no choice. However, how you react is your decision. Life continued with ups and downs of normal everyday living.
Neil was faced with lung cancer- another part of life- her tears once again in seclusion- a happy face for the rest of the world. Once again cancer rattled their lives when she was faced with breast cancer. Kaye put on a strong face and always had a positive attitude with a warm spirit surrounding her. Kaye would always say "her life is wonderful thanks to her family and trust in the Lord who has been her best friend since the third grade.
Kaye has joined her husband Neil of sixty plus years and their son Curtis in Heaven.
Kaye always said she has a family that is unbelievably fantastic and her two daughters blessed her with 3 granddaughters, 3 grandson-in-laws and five great grandchildren. Jennifer and Bruce Bates (of Chickasha) blessed Kaye with a daughter Leslie and son-in-law Dustin Lindsey of Edmond. Jeannette and Chris Thompson (of Verden) blessed her with Samantha and her husband Caylon Kimball, children Ri-Lee, Kaden and Aspyn Kaye of Robins Air Force Base, Georgia and also blessed her with Stevie Kaye and son-in-law Chez McMillan, children Rylee and Gracee of Verden.