Virginia (Lei) S. Fye died at the Mayo Clinic Hospital on June 30, 2001, passing away peacefully. Lei was born into an Army family, then- Captain & Mrs. M. G. Stubbs on December 16, 1923, at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. She grew up at military installations and civilian communities in Colorado, Wyoming, California, Georgia, and North Carolina.
She graduated from Ward Belmont and attended the University of Alabama. On June 6, 1945, Lei was married at West Point, New York, to Robert W. Fye and embarked on a 34-year career as a loving and much-loved military homemate. She raised three children, Carolyn, Elizabeth, and Bruce (deceased), despite the rigors of over 25 moves around the country and Germany. Two grandchildren, Carolyn's daughter, Amy, and Bruce's daughter, Madison, and one great-grandchild, Amy's daughter, Zara Lei, also survive her.
With Robert's increases in rank, Lei assumed ever-increasing social and community responsibilities and carried them off with distinction, always admired and much liked. With Robert's retirement in 1979, they moved to Phoenix and started a new life. She joined the Assistance League, involving herself in their many humanitarian activities. She took up golf and headed the Arizona Country Club's nine-hole group. She always enjoyed traveling, and they continued to do that, visiting new and old places in this country and around the world. Lei made a lasting impression on all who came to know her and she will be sorely missed by everyone fortunate enough to have called her a friend. She will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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