He found great pleasure but also experienced much sorrow in his family. In 1923 he married Fern Lucinda Tanner, whom he had first met in the Western States Mission. To them were born two daughters, Maurine Lee Wilkins and Helen Lee Goates, and they had ten grandchildren. Fern died 24 September 1962, before Lee entered the First Presidency. Maurine Wilkins died three years later, making this a sobering and tragic period in Lee's life. He married Freda Johanna (Joan) Jensen, a retired educator, on 17 June 1963. She outlived him by eight years.
See: Leonard J. Arrington, "Harold B. Lee," The Presidents of the Church (1986); Brent L. Goates, Harold B. Lee, Prophet and Seer (1985); and Brent L. Goates, He Changed My Life (1988).
Brent L. Goates