Lee, his father Monte, and older brother Robert, were not the only ones in the family doing their part for the war effort. Just as Monte had served as an officer in World War I, Lee’s mother, Courtenay, also did her part in her own way. In the antiquated NY newspaper clipping below, a young 22-year-old Courtenay Davidge is pictured on the top row, far left, proudly wearing her war bond drive uniform. The clipping is dated May 5, 1919, and is captoined:
“TO PARADE FOR VICTORY LOAN
Girls of The United States Army ordinance bureau, who will represent one million women munitions workers in the victory liberty loan parade in New York tomorrow. Top row, left to right: Miss Courtenay Davidge, Miss Marguerite Martin, Mrs. Irene M. McReynolds. Middle row, left to right: Miss R. Estelle Ricketts, Miss Elizabeth M. Hart. Miss M. Louise Hugunin. Bottom row: Miss Margaret M. Knowles, Miss Gertrude F. Flynn, Mrs. Anita F. Spain, Miss Mary R. King.
Below the clipping is a much better photograph of Courtenay from approximately the same time period. Less than 2 years later, with dreams of becoming a great writer or fashion designer in her head, she would meet and marry Monte Marvin which would result in a distinct change of her plans….