Obituaries Wednesday August 9th

Mrs. Valerie A. Hester Lee, 58, of West Burlington went home to be with the Lord at 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at her home.
Born October 9, 1958 in Iowa City she was the daughter of Wayne E. and Anna Mae (Schlieper) Hester. She married Steve Powell in 1979 at Danville Baptist Church. On September 29, 2003 she married David A. Lee in Middletown.
Mrs. Lee was a 1977 graduate of West Burlington High School. She completed a two year program at Christ Unlimited Bible Institute and was ordained as a minister in 2006.
Mrs. Lee was self-employed in cleaning houses. In addition she was a Burlington Police Chaplain for 13 years and served in Jail Ministry for 12 years. She was a member of Fredonia Assembly of God Church and participated in many missionary trips worldwide. She loved to garden, can produce, remodel homes, and sew. Mostly she loved sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Survivors include her husband, David Lee of West Burlington, one daughter, Sarah (Chad) Stamper of Burlington; two sons, Daniel Powell of Atlanta, Georgia and Joel (Ginny) Powell of LaHarpe, Illinois; two step sons, Joseph (Debbie) Arnold of Galesburg, Illinois and Jamie (Becky) Lee of Alexandria, Missouri; one step daughter, Michelle Lee of Alexandria, Missouri; 14 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; four brothers, Terry Southerland, Steven (Mary Caskry) Hester and Charles (Liz Eggleston) Hester all of Burlington and Wayne (Carrie) Hester of Mount Pleasant; five sisters, Barbara (Joe) Foster and Christine (Michael) Dwight both of Burlington, Roxanne (Tony) Bennett of Redfield, Iowa, Diana (Jack) Gomez of Earlham, Iowa and Mary (Phillip) Lott of Morning Sun and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.
Friends may call from 1 until 5 p.m. Friday, August 11th, at Lunning Chapel.
The funeral service for Mrs. Lee will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 12th, at Lunning Chapel with Pastor Jim Ruberg officiating. Interment will be in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

Kristin Sue Elam, 45, of Winfield, died at 2:43 AM Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at the Great River Hospice House.

Born August 1, 1972, in San Diego, CA, she was the daughter of James and Jan Heber Mortonson. On July 20, 1999, she married Charles “Chas” in California.

Kristin was a full time mother. She previously worked for the K-Love Radio donations department in California, home schooled her children and worked part time with the Boy Scouts.

She was working on her bachelor’s degree in marriage family counseling.

She enjoyed cooking, baking, creating organic recipes, reaching out and praying for others on social media and other areas of her life, traveling, and visiting with people.

Survivors include her husband; four sons, Joshua, Zethan, Caleb, and Micah; one daughter, Juliawna “Juls”; one brother, Jimmy Mortonson of CA; one close cousin/like a sister, Tracy Stewart of Danville.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh~Thielen Crematory.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.

Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Kristin’s obituary at