Phoebe H. Lee, Arlington teacher

January 16, 2013

Phoebe H. Lee, 95, who taught 15 years in the Arlington County school system, died Jan 2. of pneumonia at the Goodwin House, a retirement community in Falls Church.

A daughter, Alma L. Carpenter, confirmed the death.

Mrs. Lee, an Arlington resident, was a teacher at Gunston Middle School from 1959 until her retirement in 1974. In the late 1960s, she also taught home economics part time at Washington-Lee High School. She also started an early childhood development class that worked with local preschool students.

Phoebe Janet Hardwick was a native of Pell City, Ala., and a 1939 graduate of what is now the University of Montevallo in Alabama . She taught home economics and opened a preschool day-care center in Clayton, Ala., before moving to Virginia in the mid-1950s.

Mrs. Lee was most recently a member of Fairlington United Methodist Church in Arlington, where she organized a senior citizen social group, Aged to Perfection. In 1993, she moved from Arlington to the Goodwin House.

Her husband of 39 years, James Lee, died in 1980. Their son Edward Lee died in 1994.

Survivors include two children, Jim Lee of Fayetteville, Tenn., and Alma L. Carpenter of Wellesley, Mass.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough

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