Michelle Lynette Washington Lee, 55, was born on Oct. 30, 1963 in Gloucester, to the late Thomas Pollard and Alma B. Washington. She was called home on March 13, 2019 at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News.
Michelle graduated from Gloucester High School in 1982.
Upon graduation she attended Norfolk State University in Norfolk. On Oct. 27, 1984, Michelle married the love of her life Flinton M. Lee whom she playfully referred to as her “roommate” or “butterball.” To this union a son was born. Michelle instilled a sense of strength, independence, and confidence in her son in hopes that he would transcend those values to those around him especially her grandson, Martel.
From 1985-1988, Michelle and Flinton lived on Yongsan Army Base in Seoul, South Korea. While in South Korea, Michelle joined and dedicated her life to Christ at the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan South Post Chapel where she served as a choir member. In 1994, Michelle and her family moved back home to Virginia and joined her husband’s home church, Emmaus Baptist Church, North.
“Mickey,” “Sunshine,” or “Grandma,” as she was affectionately called by her family, was a loving, humble, and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and sister. She had a great love and pride for her family. In 2011, Michelle opened her home to her niece Erykah and raised her as her own. Michelle was an active member of the National Kidney Foundation and the Lupus Foundation where she was able to fulfill her passion of gaining knowledge and supporting other Lupus survivors. In her leisure, she also enjoyed doing puzzles, reading, Zumba, and watching Perry Mason.
Michelle was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Pollard and Alma B. Washington; two sisters, Joyce Butler and Jacqueline Scesco; one niece, Stacia Matthews, and one nephew, Kajuan Reid.
Mourning her loss, yet rejoicing in her homegoing, she leaves a legacy of love to her faithful husband, Flinton M. Lee; son, Sherome M. Lee; grandson, Martel Lee; special niece, Erykah Scesco; three brothers, George Washington Jr., Allen Washington Sr. (Darlene), James Washington (Anne); six sisters, Frances Washington, Patricia Jones, Teresa Reid, Shelia Marble, Linda Roye, and Caroline Burks (Ray); mother-in-law, Shirley Lee; two sisters-in-law, Joan Dandridge and Denise Cooke (John); two brothers-in-law, Richard Lee (Marilyn) and Tilton Lee (Kenyetta); special great-niece, LaRae Burks, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A funeral service was held Monday, March 18, 2019, at Emmaus Baptist Church, North.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory at http://support.lupus.org/goto/MichelleLee.