Jessie Ellen Lee

Jessie Ellen Lee, 92 years old passed away January 26, 2021 at her home in Virgin, Utah. Jessie was born August 31, 1928 in Springdale, Utah to Howard and Susan Crawford Ruesch.

Jessie married Budd D. Lee in Hurricane, Utah on October 10, 1947. Their marriage was later solemnized in the St George Temple on December 10, 2005.

Jessie was raised in Springdale with nine other siblings, four brothers: Howard, Orlan, Morris, Rulon and five sisters: Clara, Betty, Vada, Karen and Lucy. She loved helping her father with the animals and the garden when her brothers were in the service. She said, she still had to do dishes, mix bread and help in the home.

She went to school in Springdale until the 8th grade and rode the school bus to Hurricane for High School where she met Budd. She graduated from high school. She was always a great wife and mother who taught her daughters her love of making quilts, crocheting, embroidery and reading. She taught all of her children to work and have fun together.

Jessie is preceded in death by her parents and seven of her siblings, her husband Budd D. Lee and son-in-law, Alan Batty.

She is survived by her children Allen B. (Judie), Larena Batty, Brenda Pender, Sharon (Lawrence) Lee, Clayton (Laurie) Lee; sixteen grandchildren, thirty great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.

A family viewing will be held Friday, January 29, 2021 in the Virgin Chapel from 10:30 – 11:30 am following a graveside service at the Virgin Memorial Cemetery at 12:00 noon.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff St, St. George, Utah. Friends and family are invited to sign her online guestbook at



10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Second Visitation




12:00 noon
Virgin Cemetery
200 N 150 W, Virgin, UT 84779

Guest Book

7 Responses

  1. Dear Allen, Lorena, Sharon,Brenda & Hoss and all your family. I’m very sorry for the loss of your dear mother & grandmother. I always loved my visits with her back in the day. What a hoot she was. You were blessed to have her so long. May she rest in glorious peace. Love & hugs to you all. Patsy.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. Your family has meant the world to me. Jessie was always so sweet and excepted me into the family without hesitation. Some of the best memories I have is sitting in her living room every morning before work and listening to all the conversations.

  3. One great Lady. Still remember her Delores and Aunt Mildred singing together. What a great trio. Oh Aunt Thora accompany on piano

  4. Jessie was a beautiful person. Had the sweetest smile ever. Have always admired her and Budd they raised a beautiful family. So sorry to all of you, she’ll be deeply missed. Lots of love from us.
    Bob & Carol Clark

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