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Mrs. Leila "Lee" Westcott

Mrs. Leila "Lee" Westcott
  • April 11, 1918 - April 22, 2018
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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“Auntie Lee was such a lovely, prim, and proper lady. She always looked so pretty when she stepped out in public. When I was a toddler she used to...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Betty Morris - Battle Creek, MI

“I met "aunt " Lee in 1976 when I married Bobby . I was welcomed into this great family. I had many great conversations with her over the years. She...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Pam Hendershot - Greentown

“Aunt Lee was a classy yet cheerful lady. I recall on several occasions where she would give advise always trying to bring out the best in me. It's...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Bill Wilson - Richland, MI

“What a beautiful memorial for a beautiful soul! I loved Aunt Lee so much. I loved the times that we spent talking on the phone. She would tell me...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Tarah Tugman - Lenoir, NC

“Dear Kathy and family, I never had the honor of meeting your mom. I have heard great stories and could tell the absolute admiration in them by my...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Jennifer Preston - Scotts, MI

“Dearest Kathy & Scott. So sad for your loss. I remember both your parents as being very kind. There was always laughter when friends were there....Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Judy Somers - Climax, MI - Friend

“Love you forever MOM ! ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Kathleen Putman - Lawrence, MI

“MOM - what could I say that we have not already said, many, many times. The last 3 years have had their difficulties but we got through it. What...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Kathleen Putman - Lawrence, MI

“Leila was half mother and half big sister to me. My mother was ill when I was a baby and she helped to take care of me. She was always close to my...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: janet Bacon - Fairfax, VA

“MOM - what can be said that we have not already said to each other. The last 3 years have been new territory for us, a lot of unknowns, but we got...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Kathleen Putman - Lawrence, MI

“100 years - Miss Lee has seen a whole world of things we only read about. To be a Rosie the Riveter, and meet Eleanore Roosevelt - such memories she...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Nancy Vap - Atwood, KS - Friend

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Leila B. "Lee" Westcott, age 100, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. She was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina on April 11, 1918, the loving daughter of Earl C. and Nellie (Burrel) Wilson. Lee spent the majority of her life as a homemaker, but in the early years worked in the Pharmacy at Community Hospital and also proudly served as a "Rosie the Riveter" for the Oliver Corp., working on the SB47 at the end of WWII. While at Oliver Corp., Lee met the "Love of Her Life", Herbert Lee Westcott Jr., after she questioned him, "Who are you, a foreman or something?" to which he promptly showed her his foreman badge, saying " I like you, you've got spunk !!" They also shared April 11th as their birth date. Lee and Herbert were married on November 15, 1956; he sadly preceded her in death on February 12, 1985.

Lee is survived by her children, Kathleen L. (George) Putman and Herbert Lee "Scott" (Teresa) Westcott, III.; and her grandchildren, Christopher Lee Simmonds, Daniel Grady Simmonds, Kristen Nicole Westcott, and Joshua Caleb Westcott. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Ruth Hendershot and Flossie Weaver; and her brother, Winfred "Fred" Wilson.

Lee had the opportunity to meet Eleanor Roosevelt during the "New Deal" job effort to employ people at Community Hospital. She was very independent, and straight forward in the best of ways. She enjoyed sewing, arts & crafts, painting, and tending to her plants inside and outside. Her home was always important to Lee, and she was constantly cleaning her home and mopping her floors. Lee was always active in her children's lives, whether it be at school or other activities.

The family would like to thank all of the staff at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility for the wonderful care and attention they provided to Lee throughout her stay.

A graveside service to celebrate Lee's life will be held 1:00 p.m., Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the Memorial Park Cemetery, Battle Creek. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the American Cancer Society- Great Lakes Division to help with the fight against kidney Cancer. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed at