Minister Mildred O'Neal Lee, 92, entered into rest to be with the Lord, on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Minister Lee was born on November 12, 1921 to the union of James River O'Neal and Florence Geneva Mays in Ridgely, Tennessee. To this union, 16 children were born. Mother Lee was the last child of the 16 children.
Minister Mildred Lee attended School in Neely Tennessee at the Neely Son Glow School. Minister Mildred Lee was a Foster Grandparent with REAL Services for 12 years. She was a member of the Alberta King Senior Women's Club.
Minister Mildred Lee was converted at the age of 11 years old, at Mount Olive Baptist Church. She later moved to Chicago, Illinois, and was baptized in Jesus’ name, at 35th St. Apostolic Church, under the leadership of Elder Charles E. Ellis. Mother Lee then moved to South Bend, Indiana in 1948. She received her credentials from Pentecostal Assemblies of the World College as a Missionary and Ministerial credentials as well. She joined the New Bethel Tabernacle, under the leadership of Elder Ardeh Sanders in 1981 and remained there until August 2004. Mother Lee, then join the Apostolic House of Deliverance, under Apostle Russell Shefbuch, where she remained until her passing. She was married to John Percy Duke. To their marriage, five sons and four daughters were born. Minister Mildred Lee, later married Mr. Joe Lee. There were no children born to this union.
Minister Mildred Lee was well known for her singing and guitar playing. She'd never met a stranger; everyone became a friend to be cherished. In her quiet way, Mother Lee, was on a mission to save the world. Minister Lee touched the life of many of her numerous grandchildren. Reggie was one of them. After Reggie got his life right with God, he did as much as he could to let his Granny know how much she was loved and appreciated. He lives in New Jersey, but Reggie and his lovely wife, Beth have made numerous trips to see Granny and showered her with many gifts.
Sister Boyd was like a daughter, and a wonderful, Christian Prayer Warrior for our mother. Sister Boyd traveled a lot, but whenever she made her way back to South Bend, The Milton Home was a must stop, to see “Mama Lee.” Thank you, Sister Boyd.
She leaves to cherish her memories one son, Joe E. Duke Sr.; one devoted, loving daughter, Victoria-Parks (Jerome) Bullard; 110+ grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; 15+ great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Minister Mildred Lee was preceded in death by her parents, James River O'Neal and Florence Geneva Mays; along with four sons; and three daughters; as well as her other 15 siblings.
The Family would like to thank the management and numerous friends at Saint Joseph Trinity Towers, The Milton Home and The Center for Hospice Care, for their love and kindness shown to our mother. We want Mother's personal Caregiver, Mrs. Mary Freeman to know that we appreciate her for all the excellent care that mother received.
Services will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 in Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 24393 Fillmore Road, South Bend. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. and funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in the name of Minister Mildred O. Lee, to the Center for Hospice Care.