LOHRVILLE – Clarice Lee, 94, of Lohrville, passed away October 6, 2013 at the Shady Oaks Care Center in Lake City, Iowa. Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 10:30 a.m., starting with visitation at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lohrville with burial in the Evergreen Cemetery.
Clarice is survived by her three children; Raymond Briscoe and his wife, Diane of Littleton, Colorado, Mary Kay and her husband, Bill Kibby of Fort Dodge and Robert Lee and his wife, Carol of Lohrville, 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, brother Ora Cretsinger Jr., sister June Collins, sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Those who preceded her in death were her parents, two spouses, four brothers and one granddaughter, Michaela Lee.
Clarice, the daughter of Ora and Pearl (Textor) Cretsinger, was born May 14, 1919 on her parent’s farm south of Coon Rapids, Iowa and grew up on a farm and attended country school in the Coon Rapids area, her family belonged to the Lone Star country church. Clarice attended Coon Rapids High School for three years and graduated from Bayard High School in 1937.
On Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1940, Clarice Cretsinger was united in marriage to Marvin Briscoe at St. John Catholic Church in Arcadia. To this union were born two children, Raymond and Mary Kay. Marvin passed away in September 1943, four months prior to the birth of his daughter, Mary Kay. Clarice and her children continued to make their home in Carroll. She worked at St. Anthony Hospital as a nurse’s aide; she also worked as a telephone operator and was a retail clerk at Spurgeons Clothing Store. With hard work, Clarice raised her young family and lived in the Bayard vicinity with the devoted love and help of her parents.
On September 19, 1953, Clarice Briscoe was united in marriage to Virgil Lee at Denison. To this union was born one son, Robert Lee. After their marriage they settled on the family farm 2 miles west of Lohrville, where they made their home for 34 years. Clarice loved working in her vegetable and flower gardens, quilting and her grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking, sharing and trying new recipes. Homemade ice cream is still a family favorite. After Virgil’s death in May of 1987, Clarice moved to an apartment in Lohrville. She belonged to the Helping Hands Club, the American Legion Auxiliary and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lohrville.