René Dee Lee-Brown, age 57, went to be with her father on July 23, 2014, in Billings Montana. René was born in Billings on July 18, 1957, to Jeanine and Bob Lee.
René grew up on a dairy farm in Billings with her three other siblings: Rick, Ronda and Darcy.
In 1981 Rene’ married her one and only true love. In 1983, in San Diego, René had her first baby, a girl, Andreanna (Andy), who was a joy in her life. Andy and René were best friends and were always together. After moving to Oregon, in 1984, she gave birth to the most amazing boy, Justin, who has always been the apple of her eye. Justin and René were always pranking each other and they always had “inside jokes between the two.”
Her favorite place to live, hands down, was Port Orchard, Wash. In 1994, she returned to Billings so she could be back home with her family, which was the most important thing to her. She loved Halloween, Fourth of July, and Christmas. René enjoyed life to the fullest, even though she was in pain. She loved taking walks, and making cards and jewelry. She loved traveling with one of her best friends (her mother), when they needed boxes of Cracker Jacks on every outing. René and her mother’s relationship was beyond mother and daughter, they were soul mates. René was the neighborhood Mom, seeming to “adopt” a whole brew of sons: Brandon J, Brandon A, Grant, Vincent, Bert and many more who have a special place in her heart.
René will be truly missed. She was adored by all that knew her. Her jokes made you laugh and she could make anyone feel comfortable. René, the strongest fighter you would ever have met. She struggled in life, took care of her two children by herself, and always fought the good fight. Thanks to everyone who has touched her life and made her the mother, daughter, sister, and woman that she was.
René was predeceased by her father, Robert Lee. She is survived by her mother, Jeanine; children, Andreanna and Justin (Stephanie); siblings, Rick, Ronda (Jeff, Greg, Michelle), Darcy, and Bob (Allen); and her dog, Cha Cha. Also, special friends Pam and Art Mulkey and Cathy Armstrong.
Memorial service will be held at Dahl Funeral Home on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 11 a.m. Reception to follow 734 Alderson, Billings, Montana 59101.