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December 11, 2013

Betty J. Lee

TERRE HAUTE — Betty J. Lee, 85, of Terre Haute, died at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Terre Haute Regional Hospital. She was born on May 20, 1928, to Albert Herschel and Susie Slaughter Austin. Betty married Ernest J. Lee on March 12, 1949, and he passed away on Oct. 18, 1994.

Survivors include a son, Robert E. Lee of Terre Haute, Linda Lee of Terre Haute, a son, Gary Lee and wife Kris of Sault Saint Marie, Mich.; six grandchildren, Tiffanie Neice (Paul) and Shawn Hauger, all of Terre Haute, and Hannah R, Lee, Bethany Lee, Nathaniel Lee, and Timothy Lee, all of Michigan. She has four great-grandchildren, Madalyn J. Neice, Mazie D. Neice,  Zoe Neice and Phoenix Hauger. Betty also has five sisters, Helen J. Fleschner, Patricia A. and Mack McCormack, Shirley J. and Jim Stultz, Darlene Bennet and Linda L. and Gary Secrest; sisters-in-law, Norma Jean and Walter Anderson, Irene Austin and Paulette Cottrell. She was preceded in death by three brothers, her twin brother, Robert J. Austin, Kenneth Austin and Larry Austin; and sisters, Dorothy L. Austin, Mary Rogers, Catherine Compton, Marlene Shafer and Martha M. Austin.

She and her husband were founders and operated Tanglewood Ranch for Boys in Marshall, Ind. Betty had many foster children and spent many years as a child care provider. She was a member of Bible Baptist Church, where she served in many areas.

Services will be in DeBaun Springhill Chapel, 85 E. Springhill Drive, on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at 1 p.m. with her nephew, Dr. Mark Fleschner, officiating. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday from 11 a.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Great Lakes Hospice, 1212 S. 3rd St., Terre Haute, IN 47802, or to Bible Baptist Academy, 2500 Margaret Ave., Terre Haute, IN  47802. Online condolences may be offered at:


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