Lee Drake McKenney

McKenney picHallowell- Lee Drake McKenney, of Hallowell, Maine, died July 14, 2023 at Woodlands Senior Living of Hallowell surrounded by her family. She loved life dearly and bravely battled the cruelty of cancer.

Lee was born November 25, 1951 in Leominster, Massachusetts, to Natalie Yale McKenney and Gilson Cole McKenney, Sr. She spent her early years on a dairy farm in Ashburnham and graduated from Oakmont High Regional High School. After living in Las Vegas for a number of years and raising and showing her Saluki dogs, she moved to Maine to help work on the family farm and then began a decades-long career in the computer industry, which she retired from in Massachusetts.

Lee’s lifelong passion was horses, and she was an accomplished equestrian, who raised many Arabians including her beloved Sissy, Belle, and Nellie. For many years she had a homestead and horse barn in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. She was a lifelong learner and lover of arts, crafts, and animals.

Another passion was archeology and she was a former officer of the New England Antiquities Research Association. Lee pursued her interest in spirituality and mysticism and visited sacred sites that included those in Peru, Ohio, and Arizona. This led to a move to Arizona for a number of years before returning to Maine to be closer to family.

She was predeceased by her parents and her sister Terry Yale and brother Gilson McKenney, Jr. She is survived by her sisters Wendy Harrington and Barbara McKenney; brother-in-law David Kamila; her nieces Tracey Meagher, Avery Yale Kamila (husband Adam Hill), Rozalynn Parkhurst, and Kay-Lee Yale Kamila; her nephews John Meagher (wife Kelly Meagher) and Benjamin Parkhurst (wife Christina Parkhurst); grand-nephews Dalton Meagher (wife Abbie Meagher), Ryan Ahearn, Alden Hill, Noah Parkhurst; and grand-niece, Ella Parkhurst. Lee enjoyed many deep relationships with her cousins, co-workers, and friends that became like family.

At Lee’s request, a private service will be held with her family.

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St., Richmond, Maine  04357 (kincerfuneralhome.com)