Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.
Sarah E. Lee, Owner
Manager, Licensed Funeral Director
Sarah E. Lee (formerly Sarah E. Lee-Ellena) started on her path toward funeral service following the 1999 death of her mother. Finding scarce resources to help those going through bereavement, Sarah began reaching out to help others in the same predicament. In 2004 she became a casualty of the auto industry collapse which launched her new career track. Funeral service seemed an obvious choice. Sarah enrolled in the mortuary science program at Wayne State University, graduated in 2006 and became licensed in 2007. Meanwhile, the long process to bring the Lee-Ellena Funeral Home to life began. Ground was broken in May 2007 and the funeral home opened its doors March 1, 2008.
Caring for the survivors has been Sarah’s specific ministry all along as when she started out in 1999. Lee-Ellena Funeral Home believes every life is worth celebrating. Along with honoring the deceased in funeral services, Lee-Ellena Funeral Home provides follow-up care for survivors to help them on their difficult road back to recovery.
Sarah is a Certified Funeral Celebrant and enjoys crafting individual Celebration of Life ceremonies. A member of St. Isidore Catholic Church, Sarah volunteers with the Music and the Lector ministries. Her hobbies are theatre, opera singing and travel. She is on the board of the Richmond Community Theatre. In 2014, Turning Point awarded her their Spirit of Leadership.
Operations and Building
Tom first came to Lee-Ellena Funeral Home to arrange for his father’s funeral services in 2009. At that time he was retired from Delphi as a logistics manager. Those skills, plus his earlier funeral home work experience, made a perfect match and Tom joined Lee-Ellena in 2010. Tom wears many hats, from overseeing the building and grounds operations to driving the hearse, assisting at visitation and overseeing operations when Sarah is out of town.
Chief of Office Operations
Stephanie is the receptionist and administrative assistant. Stephanie’s gifts can be seen in our printing pieces, the seasonal decorations around the funeral home and social media. She is also responsible for the Holiday Remembrance Service.
Embalmer and Licensed Funeral Director
Tara is a 2015 graduate from Wayne State University, where she received her bachelors degree in Mortuary Science. She has always had a drive to help others, and found her true calling in funeral service. At Lee-Ellena Funeral Home, Tara consistently strives to make strong connections with families, and creating a memorable experience during their difficult time.
Embalmer and Licensed Funeral Director
Kimberly Morton is a 2017 graduate of the Wayne State University Mortuary Science program. She became a part of the Lee-Ellena Funeral Home team in 2014, where she started as a nighttime greeter, welcoming families during visitations. She later became a full-time member of the team as one of our funeral directors and embalmers. As a funeral director, Kim enjoys working closely with her families that she serves, by creating memorable and personalized funeral services for them. Outside the funeral home, Kim enjoys sewing and spending time with her family.
Advance Funeral Planner and Aftercare Coordinator.
Michelle Lamb graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with an Associate degree in religion and philosophy and a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. As a pastor’s wife of 21 years, Michelle has given comfort and hope to countless grieving people. Four years ago, she began working as a funeral celebrant, assisting families who either didn't have a pastoral connection or, didn't want a minister to officiate their family's funeral service. Through that process she has seen first-hand how unprepared families truly can be. That led to her decision to be an advance funeral planner, to help people create that “gift of love” to their families. She can meet with you here in the funeral home or in the convenience of your home, whenever it works for you. If you would like to start the Advance Planning process, please fill out the pre-planning form under the Plan Ahead tab, or contact us at the funeral home directly at 586-412-8999
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