2 people found dead inside Tyler home were active in East Texas patriotic events

Published on Monday, 8 May 2017 17:50 - Written by

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AUGUSTA ROBINSON, arobinson@tylerpaper.com

A Tyler couple found dead Sunday in what police have called a suspected murder-suicide were well known for their involvement in patriotic festivities in the East Texas Community.

At 8:20 a.m. Sunday, police responded to a report of a shooting in the 1200 block of Wimbledon Drive in Tyler. The deceased later were identified as Anna Marie Lee, 65, and Stephen Wayne Lee, 64.

The preliminary investigation led officials to believe the husband shot his wife and then took his own life, according to a news release from the Tyler Police Department. Investigators have requested an autopsy on both. 

Anna was an honorary regent and Americanism Chairman of the Mary Tyler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, organizing secretary general under the Davis Administration in the local chapter of the Colonial Dames XVII, and is a former director of the Apache Belles. She also is listed as an original Dallas Cowboy cheerleader in an article published by Texas Monthly. Stephen was involved with the Sons of the American Revolution.

They both regularly attended local patriotic events, most notably in their roles welcoming new American citizens during naturalization ceremonies. They also took part in historical re-enactments and societies, often wearing period clothing. 

Most recently, the two were dressed in American Revolution period clothing at a naturalization ceremony at the federal courthouse on Wednesday, April 3, smiling and shaking hands with newly sworn-in Americans.