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L. M. â€śLeeâ€ť Kilgore, 97, of Columbia City, died at 12:10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor where she had been a resident since August.
She was born Oct. 4, 1915, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of William H. and Mary Ellen (Doolittle) Radke. Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne where she attended school.
On Sept. 25, 1947, she and Woodward â€śWoodyâ€ť Kilgore eloped to Indianapolis. They did not reveal their marriage until they found a place to live several weeks later. Mr. Kilgore died Nov. 16, 1975.
Lee moved to Columbia City in 1946 and operated her own interior decorating service for a number of years.
She was a member of Community Bible Church.
Surviving relatives include a daughter, Kay (James) Campbell of Winter Haven, Fla.; a grandson, Jason Campbell; two great- granddaughters and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister, Eugene â€śGeneâ€ť Radke, Leonard Radke and Evelyn Byerly.
A memorial service will be held at a later date with burial at Sparta Cemetery, Kimmell. There will be no visitation.
Preferred memorials are to Community Bible Church. Arrangements are by Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.