Obituary for Mina Lee

Mina Reynolds Lee, 83, passed away peacefully on Feb. 22, 2021 with her sweetheart of 66 years and family by her side.  

Mina was born May 28, 1937 in Pima, Arizona to George and Sybil Reynolds where she was raised alongside her three brothers. She graduated from Pima High School class of 1955; the same year she married the love of her life, Kenneth Lee. Mina first saw Ken on July 23, 1954 outside the Safford JC Penney. Ken was returning from serving in the Army in Japan during the Korean War. He stepped off the bus wearing Levi 501s, a white t-shirt with the sleeves rolled up, and he had jet black wavy hair. Mina would say his broad shoulders and skinny build made her think of a delicious ice cream cone. It was love at first sight! After dating for six months, they were married at her parents’ home in Pima, Arizona. 

Mina Lee

Ken and Mina spent most of their years living in the Pima, Thatcher, and St. Johns area. Mina learned and worked many jobs including owning/managing the Richfield/Arco service station, the R.E.A, worked in the County Treasurers office and managed the Fina convenience store in St. Johns, Richey cable, managing the Pima museum, and many more. However, her most cherished job was a wife and mother to six children, 16 grandchildren, and eventually 10 great-grandchildren.  

Mina was an outgoing and artistic woman who loved to craft, sew, and bake. She was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served with the Sisters in the relief society fulfilling their callings. Mina served in many different capacities, including primary teacher, relief society president, chorister, and many more. Mina truly found joy in serving others. 

Mina was survived by her husband, Kenneth Lee, of Thatcher; Kris (Kristin) Lee, of Vernon;  Beth (Dale) Adams, of Alpine; Robyn (Mark) Meredith, of Mesa; Dustin (Brett) Lee, of Queen Creek, as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren.  

Mina was preceded in death by her parents; son, Randall “Randy” Lee; daughter, Sandra “Sandy” Lee, and granddaughter, BriAnne Bird.  

Services was held on Saturday, Feb. 27, with the viewing at 11 a.m. and funeral at 12 p.m. at the Temple View Chapel, Central, Arizona, followed with a graveside service at the Pima Cemetery, and luncheon to follow. 

Arrangements were under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory.  Online condolences may be extended at

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