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Mable Lucille (Axtell) Lee

January 27, 1920 ~ June 3, 2019 (age 99)

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Mable Lee, 99, passed away Monday June 3, 2019 at the Hansen Family Hospital of Iowa Falls, Iowa. Funeral Services for Mable will be 11:00 am Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the Cottage Community Church of Iowa Falls;  County Highway D-41. Visitation will be from 9:30 until 10:40 am, Saturday June 8, 2019 also at the Cottage community Church of Iowa Falls. For those that cannot attend the service or wish to send a card, please send them to: Mable Lee Memorial; c/o Linn’s Funeral Home; 1521 Washington Ave.; Iowa Falls, Iowa 50126. The Linn’s Funeral Home of Iowa Falls is helping the family with arrangements. For further information, please visit

Mable Lucille Axtell was born to Louie and Amy (McCollister) Axtell, on January 27, 1920, south of Iowa Falls on what is now the Axtell century farm.  She had one brother, Harry.  She went to Cottage School with Mrs. Bruns for 8 years.  She graduated from Owasa High School, Ellsworth College and Iowa State University.  She taught school for 32 years in Maple Grove, Owasa, Hansell, Waverly and Hubbard.  She accepted the Lord at age 13 at the Methodist Church in Iowa Falls. She was a lifelong member of Cottage Church.

She was married to John Lee in 1951, who had received a purple heart in military service and graduated in Journalism from Columbia University in Missouri.  After 5 months of marriage, while working for Grinnell Mutual, he died when he fell while examining a house roof.

In 1953, Mable married Lloyd Lee.  To this union 3 sons were born:  Barry, Murray and Lynn.  Lloyd passed away in 2005.

Mable enjoyed reading, sewing, cooking, gardening and flowers.  She also enjoyed traveling by bus with her husband to many parts of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.  She later traveled twice to Europe.

Mable has spent much time helping family members, including parents on both sides and taking Lloyd to dialysis. She has always loved children and pets.  She enjoyed being involved in church and school activities, including teaching Sunday School, church treasurer,  church circle president,  church choir, helping with programs, Retired Teachers (president and then co-president),  Cottage Cemetery secretary and also volunteering for Area 6.  While residing at Scenic Manor, she passed much of the time by reading, sometimes 4 to 5 books a week.

She leaves to mourn Murray [Delce Dyer], Asheville, NC;  Lynn [Trish], Eldora, IA residing on the Lee Farm; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents:  Louie and Amy Axtell; her husband John Lee; her husband Lloyd Lee; her brother Harry Axtell; and a son Barry Lee.

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June 8, 2019

9:30 AM to 10:40 AM
Cottage Community Church
20082 Co. Hwy D41
Iowa Falls, IA 50126

Funeral Service
June 8, 2019

11:00 AM
Cottage Community Church
20082 Co. Hwy D41
Iowa Falls, IA 50126

Graveside Service
June 8, 2019

12:00 PM
Cottage Cemetery
19647 205th St.
Iowa Falls, Iowa 50126


C/O Linn's Funeral Home; 1521 Washington Ave., Iowa Falls IA 50126
Tel: 1-641-648-2569

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[Name of the Deceased] Memorial
C/O Linn's Funeral Home
1521 Washington Ave.
Iowa Falls, IA 50126

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