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Dora Owens Lee

Dora Owens Lee, age 83, of Aurora, passed away on March 4, 2020.

Dora, also known as Dean, was born Jan. 23, 1937, in Columbia, North Carolina, to Roy and Maudie Owens. After graduating high school, she moved to Norfolk, Virginia, where she met her husband of 43 years, Robert Lee Sr. of Grantsboro. The two moved to Aurora, where they operated the Aurora Texaco station. Later, they owned and operated Robert L. Lee Trucking, hauling seafood along the Eastern Seaboard for the next 25 years. As a young couple, they enjoyed boating and traveling together.

Dora has always been an avid crafter, including painting, knitting and beading. After her husband’s passing in 2003, she thoroughly enjoyed spending time at the Pamlico County Senior Center.

She is survived by her daughter, Deborah O. Lee, of Starkville, Mississippi; and her son, Robert Lee Jr. and his wife, Michelle, of Aurora. Dora was also the proud Mema to two grandchildren: granddaughter Kaitlyn Lee Watson and her husband, Aaron, of New Bern, and grandson, Harrison, of Lake Worth, Florida.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Joshua Rowe Cemetery at the corner of Walker Road and Walls Mill Road, Aurora.

The family will receive friends and relatives immediately following the service at the home and any other times prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Pamlico County Senior Center, PO Box 184, Alliance, NC 28509.

Arrangements are by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.