October 8, 2013


Clarice May Lee, 94, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at Shady Oaks Care Center in Lake City, Iowa.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, preceded by visitation at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lohrville, with Father Lynn Bruch officiating. Serving as lector was granddaughter Sarahlee Sommerfeld and servers were Hannah and Bennett Lee. Organist will be Fran Lawson. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery near Lohrville.

Casket bearers will be Kevin Kibby, Jim Bocken, Craig Wegner, Jessica Lee, Chelsea Hoffman and Holly Briscoe. Honorary casket bearers are great-grandchildren Calvin and Steve Kibby, Allie, Madison and Olivia Wegner, Kelsey and Katy Bocken, Zac Kibby, Cal and Kate Birkey, Mia and Stella Weiss and Cecelia Briscoe.

Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson is in charge of arrangements.

Clarice, daughter of Ora and Pearl (Textor) Cretsinger, was born May 14, 1919, on her parents' farm south of Coon Rapids, Iowa. Clarice 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, Nov. 28, 1940, Clarice Cretsinger married Marvin Briscoe at St. John Catholic Church in Arcadia. To this union were born two children, Raymond and Mary Kay. Marvin died 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 Sept. 19, 1953, Clarice Briscoe married 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 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.

Clarice is survived by her three children: Raymond Briscoe and his wife, Diane of Littleton, Colo., 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.

She was preceded her in death by her parents, two spouses, four brothers and one granddaughter, Michaela Lee.