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Jane Scarborough Lee  

Jane Scarborough Lee

May 27, 1920 – April 16, 2017

Jane Scarborough Lee, age 96, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Born in Wilmington, DE on May 27, 1920, Mrs. Lee was a daughter of the late William F. Scarborough and Blanche M. (Moore) Scarborough. A graduate of Oberlin College and Yale School of Music, Mrs. Lee taught at the college level before getting married and focusing on her role as wife and mother.

Mrs. Lee had a lifelong passion for the piano. While raising their three children, Mrs. Lee was involved with chamber music, served as an accompanist, and maintained a private studio in their home. In her leisure hours, Mrs. Lee enjoyed playing piano duets with her husband on her 1923 Steinway baby grand, and she played well into her 96th year. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be truly missed.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Lee was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 67 years, Henry N. Lee, Jr. (Professor Emeritus, Music Department, University of Delaware) and her sister, Anne Hudock. She is survived by her sister, Mary Lou Beatman of Chester, VA; children, Jonathan S. Lee (Joan) of Spring, TX, Thomas C. Lee (Keri) of St. Louis, MO and Melinda “Mindy” L. Bowman (Peter) of West Chester, PA; grandchildren, Abigail, Richard, Jessica, Christopher, Jonathan and Andrew and great-grandchild, Connor.

A memorial service and interment will be held on May 26, 2017 at 11:00 o’clock at Head of Christiana Church, 1100 West Church Road, Newark, DE.  Those who would like to share their memories with the family are welcome to visit between 10:00 and 11:00 at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Lee’s memory may be made to either the Henry Newton Lee, Jr. Family Library Music Fund, c/o the University of Delaware Office of Development and Alumni Relations, 83 E. Main St., 3rd Floor, Newark, DE  19716 or to Yale University, Office of Development, Contribution Processing, PO Box 2038, New Haven, CT, 06521-2038, designating School of Music on the memo line.

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  1. Jane Tupin, April 30, 2017

    Tom and all- My sympathies on your loss.
    (I was in high school band with Tom and Keri.)

  2. Lloyd H. Ross, May 3, 2017

    Mindy, I am sorry for your loss.
    May God comfort you and your family.

  3. Ann Southmayd, May 25, 2017

    Jane was an integral part of our Weed & Seed Garden Club as a most welcoming hostess and later attending meetings with Henry, our Secretary. It was always a pleasure to be in her company. Her family has my deepest sympathy.

  4. Karen Schueler, May 29, 2017

    As a member of the Weed and Seed Garden Club in Newark, I met Jane at the annual holiday party, and at the fall plant exchanges that Henry and Jane hosted. I was new to the club so knew nothing about Jane and Henry’s background but had noticed that their home was filled with interesting books, plants and art. I always enjoyed Henry’s witty comments in the minutes when he was secretary, and appreciated that Jane escorted him to our meetings those last few years that he was able to attend.


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