Obituary for Caroline Lee (1922-2021) – Greensboro, NC

Lee, Caroline Mabe

October 1, 1922 – May 5, 2021

Caroline Mabe Lee died on May 5, 2021 in the Well-Spring Retirement Community. She was born on October 1, 1922 in Spray, NC, to the late Mamie Martha Dillon and Roland England Mabe. She was passed away by her husband, N. Clayton Lee. Caroline is led by her daughter Martha Williamson and her husband Harry (Skeeter) and their daughters Lee and Caroline, their son Scott Lee and their wife Sue Anne and their daughter Aria as well as their daughter Patricia (Patsy) Stegall and her husband Charles and their children Jordan and her husband Paul survives Lee, sons Dillon and Hunter, and great-grandchildren Sawyer and Emerson Lee.

Caroline came from a musical family. Her father played the trombone and saxophone. Her mother’s family had enough musicians to have a small band. Caroline began taking piano lessons at the age of 5 and has been involved in music her entire life, including many years as a church organist and piano teacher. Her son Scott is a jazz bassist and teacher in New York City.

Caroline fell in love with the Greensboro Symphony Guild in 1966. She and her husband Clayton were avid music lovers and concert goers of classical and jazz. They have enjoyed making music scholarships in the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra and Greensboro Music Academy. Caroline was an energetic and tireless volunteer, especially in the arts. Her consuming interest and love were with the Greensboro Symphony and Greensboro Symphony Guild, which she served on the board of directors, as well as the boards of directors of Greensboro Music Academy, the Greensboro Opera Company, the NC Symphony Regional Chapter, and the Board of Visitors for the Guilford College, the Chinqua Penn Plantation, and the early Auxiliary Board of Eastern Music Festival.

Caroline has chaired the Symphony Endowment Committee for more than 20 years since its inception in 1985. In 2001, the Symphony Guild and community friends donated the Associate Concertmaster’s Chair in her honor. She and Clayton donated a chair in honor of their son Scott. She has received numerous recognitions and awards from various arts organizations, including a Symphony Guild presentation for her first life membership and emeritus status.

For many years, Caroline organized the music and played frequently for the Symphony Guild home tours and for the meetings of the women of the Church at the First Presbyterian Church. She had a special love for her family and friends. She loved teaching her grandchildren to play the piano and planning visits to parks and museums. In addition to her life in music, she enjoyed planning tennis, attending several book clubs, collecting antiques, and giving loving attention to her “secret garden”. Caroline brought energy and commitment to all of her endeavors.

The family would particularly like to thank the Well-Spring staff for the friendly, loving and professional care they provided during their years there, especially in Sycamore Square.

A festive service will be held on Tuesday, May 11 at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church Columbarium in Greensboro. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra Fund and sent to the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, Inc., 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro, NC, 27401, or a charity of your choice.

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Published by Greensboro News & Record on May 9, 2021.

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