Funeral services for Gwendolyn Lee, age 74, were held 11 A.M., Monday, December 23, 2019, at Walters’ Buffalo Funeral Home in Buffalo, Texas. Rev. Lloyd Lane, of Miracle Christian Center in Buffalo, and Rev. Gary P. Stutz, of Chapel of the Hills Assembly of God Church in Centerville, officiated the service. Interment followed in Buffalo Cemetery.
Gwendolyn Janice Lee was born March 31, 1945, in Houston, Texas. Her parents were Nolan Ray & Lena Mae (Gilbreath) Bane. She was raised in Houston in the Heights and graduated from high school in 1963. Gwendolyn went to work part time at the age of sixteen for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company as an informations operator. Upon graduation, she worked full time. After a couple of years, Gwen was promoted to a clerical job in the supply room and truly loved her job. At the age of eighteen, Gwen married Thomas Ayers and moved to Buffalo in 1975. They had three children together.
In 1981, she married B.E. “Gene” Lee. They shared twenty-five wonderful years together. They lived in Buffalo until 1995 when they moved to Mt. Pleasant, Texas. There, they owned and operated Wide Oak Valley Ranch of seven thousand acres and ran a cow/calf operation. Due to Gene’s illness, they eventually moved back to Buffalo in 2004 and he passed in 2006. Gwen continued to ranch in Buffalo with the help of her grandson, who was such a blessing to her.
Gwen loved gardening and could make beautiful floral arrangements. She also loved to sew, fish and hunt. Gwendolyn enjoyed all animals, especially dogs. She was a very talented cook. She loved to bake and could cook anything. Gwen especially loved the holidays and the decorating that came with it. She was always specific to detail and took her time with everything.
Gwen passed away Friday, December 20, 2019, at her home near Buffalo. She was preceded in death by both of her parents; husband, B.E. “Gene” Lee; brother, Clarence Ray Bane and special friend, Judy Harris.
Surviving family members include sons, Thomas Jefferson “Bubba” Ayers (Teresa) of North Richland Hills and Timothy James “Timmy” Ayers (Tammy) of Buffalo; daughter, Tonya Janice Champion (Bob) of Buffalo; step-daughters, Jean Davis of Buffalo, Nancy Pursch of Teague and Lynn McGonagill of Mt. Pleasant and step-son, Jimmy Lee of Buffalo. She is also survived by grandchildren, National Ross Champion (Nicole), Ima Derby Champion, Taylor Paige Ayers, Matthew Jeffery Ayers (Halie), Sabrina McClenley and Jessy Champion; great-grandchildren, Reinen Coy Champion, Oaklynn Paige Ayers and Bailey Johnson, as well as numerous step-grandchildren; very special aunt, Dorothy Robert of The Woodlands and special friend, caregiver & daughter, Bethany Ayers of Buffalo.
Pallbearers: Danny Boyd Reeder, Brent Reeder, National Champion, Matthew Ayers, Allen Sullivan, Trey Cadenhead, Tommy Davis, Jr., Jessy Champion, Reinen Champion
Honorary Pallbearers: Bobby Ray Harris, Boyd Reeder, Charlie Waters, Bob Champion, Danny Cupit, Thomas Davis, Tommy Belyeu, Gary Bell, Billy Mason, Dennis Mizell
Arrangements were under the direction of Walters’ Buffalo Funeral Home in Buffalo, Texas. www.buffalofuneralhome.com