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Nayne Lee "Lee" B. White
August 10, 1924 - December 19, 2017


Nayne Lee “Lee” Brown-White

August 10, 1924 – December 19, 2017

Columbus, OH

Lee passed away peacefully at home with her two daughters Sharon Lee (“Lee”) & Julia on December 19, 2017. She was 93 years old.  As Lee’s dementia progressed she was cared for by her children alternating primarily between her son, Christopher and daughter, Shirley.  Over the last two and half years as her dementia progressed into Alzheimer’s she was cared for by her daughters Lee and Julia.

Lee was born on August 10, 1924 in Columbus, OH to she was an only child of a single mother-Lena May Brown-Mercier.  She grew up in the Great Depression and although times were hard and money was scarce she embellished herself with learning and reading.  Lee graduated from Ohio State University in 1944 with a degree in Education majoring in history and minoring in Spanish.  Lee met her ex-husband John White not soon after her and her mother moved to Las Cruces, NM for her mother’s health and they were married in 1952 only a few short months after they met.   Although Lee and John did not stay married they neither one remarried and remained friends all of their lives.  They had a very unique relationship which was comical to anyone around them.

Lee is preceded in death by her mother, Lena May Brown-Mercier of Charleston, WV, her five children lost soon after birth; Jonathan Ross, Ewan Alexander, Leslie Lee, Thomas Tennery and Edith Constance of Las Cruces, NM and her ex-husband, John Tennery White of Las Cruces.

Lee is survived by her five children, Christopher John of Bloomfield, NM; Sharon Lee (“Lee”) of Concho, AZ; Julia Lynne of Concho, AZ; James Randolph of Albuquerque, NM and Shirley Marie of Las Cruces, NM; her six grandchildren; Christopher Joseph Corazzini of Midland, TX; John Leslie White of Bloomfield, NM; Ryan Michael Corazzini of Las Cruces, NM;  Mark Anthony Corazzini of Las Cruces, NM; Heather Marie White of Burden KS; Erin RaeAnn White of Albuquerque, NM, her two step-granddaughters Morgan RaeAnn Petit of Albuquerque, NM and Angela Marie Audiss of Eau Claire, WI, and her step-grandson Nathaniel Berne Parsons of Bloomfield, NM

Lee will always be remembered by anyone who knew her as an impeccable lady with a lot of class and a highly educated individual who loved learning and reading and was well versed in many aspects of life; literature, history, culture, music, art, world events and politics. Her surviving children will remember fondly her as an intellectual book worm, commonly referred to as “The Walking Encyclopedia” but most of all as a mother who taught them to be independent and encouraged them to pursue their goals. 

SERVICE:  An internment service is scheduled for Friday, March 16th-12:00 pm at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens; 5140 W. Picacho Ave., Las Cruces, NM, Phone, (575) 526-9623 with Father Nick Funk from St. James Episcopal Church officiating and a Celebration of Life reception to follow at La Posta Restaurant, Mesilla NM.  All are welcome to attend to celebrate and remember Lee’s life. Flowers can be sent and are being provided by Barb's Flowerland; 2001 E Lohman Ave # 126, Las Cruces, NM, Phone, (575) 525-1850 .  In lieu of flowers; donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America - https://alzfdn.org/support-us/donate/

ONLINE MEMRORIAL:  An online memorial is available at: http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/Nayne-Lee/homepage.aspx.  Please visit the site and honor Lee’s Legacy with your personal tales, memories, and reflections and photos (if you have) so that we may create an online lasting memorial of her.

A special thanks to Compassus Hospice of Pinetop-Lakeside AZ-RN Carol Thomas and RN Leslie Kelly-Hardee and Accent Care-Caregivers of Show Low, AZ; Ernestine Shipp, (weekday caregiver) and Trisha Colelay, (weekend caregiver) for their love, care and support during Lee’s final year with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  Your patience, kindness and understanding were incredible and will never be forgotten.  We could not have done it without you!

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