Sister Freda Joan Jensen Lee, widow of President Harold B. Lee, died 1 July 1981 at her home in Salt Lake City. She would have celebrated her 84th birthday on July 2.
Born in 1897 in Provo, Utah, Sister Lee attended Brigham Young High School, received degrees in education and music from Brigham Young University, and did graduate work at the University of California at Berkeley, at Columbia University, and at the University of Utah. She taught school in Provo and Draper before being appointed supervisor of primary education for Jordan School District.
On 17 June 1963 she married Elder Harold B. Lee, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve. She was President Lee’s second wife, his first wife, Fern Tanner Lee, having died in 1962.
Sister Lee was active in educational and civic organizations and held many positions in the Church, including member of the Primary General Board, the YWMIA General Board, the General Church Music Committee, and various stake Sunday School boards.
She was honored as Woman of the Year in 1971 by the Associated Women Students of Ricks College and in 1972 by the Utah Woman’s Review. In 1979 she received the Distinguished Service Award from the BYU Alumni Association.
Two new counselors have been named to the Sunday School General Presidency. Elder Robert D. Hales is the new first counselor and Elder James M. Paramore the new second Counselor to Elder Hugh W. Pinnock, general president of the Sunday School. They succeed Elder Ronald E. Poelman and Elder Jack H Goaslind, Jr., who had served as counselors since October 1979.
Elder Hales and Elder Paramore will also continue in their assignments as executive administrators for the Europe and Europe West areas, respectively, but will make their residence in Salt Lake City rather than in Frankfurt, Germany.