Jennie Lee, a former resident of Willcox, passed away peacefully at her home in Reno, Nev. Her son, Gary, and her beloved Jack Russell terrier, “Diego,” were by her side.
Jennie Lee spent her early years on the Double Spear Ranch, northwest of Willcox. Her parents, R.A. (Ben) Pride and Guadalupe (Lupe) Pride, owned and operated the Double Spear.
Jennie Lee was the first in the family to attend college, graduating with a business degree. Her education brought her to Bisbee in its heyday of copper mining. Here she worked for two law firms and the Bisbee Chamber of Commerce.
While in Bisbee, she met the love of her life, John A. Christie. The newlyweds returned to Bisbee after a honeymoon to White Sands, N.M. John’s career in the insurance business led them first to Tucson and later to Reno in 1965. Although they came to enjoy northern Nevada, they frequently returned to Willcox to visit family and friends.
Jennie Lee, or “Babe” as she was known to family members, never lost her love for southeastern Arizona and the Double Spear.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, Ben and Lupe Pride; sister, Louise Torres; and brothers, Jim Apodaca and Tuffy Pride.
She still has friends and family in Willcox, Safford and Tucson. Among them are: Bill Pride (Yogie), Judy Ramirez (Ed), Kathy Fotheringham (Pete), Connie Seras (Y.O.) and Delores Soto (Dick), most of whom reside in Tucson.
Jennie Lee wished to be cremated, and her ashes will be returned to Willcox to be interred in the Pride family plot. There will be a small service in Willcox for friends and family who wish to attend. If anyone has any old photos of Jennie Lee, the family would love for you to bring them to the service.
You may express online condolences at www.westlawnchapel mortuary.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to Westlawn Chapel, Mortuary and Crematory of Willcox.