Sue Lee’s long ordeal is over. The former 23rd Avenue merchant, who recovered from a severe stroke in 2008 only to have her life and assets turned over to a court-appointed guardian, is at last free to live on her own.
She now lives in a Pearl District apartment, and as of June, her breakout became complete. Her only remaining connection to the probate court system is a financial conservator, a longtime friend who used to keep her books when Lee operated the Orientale Motif Shop at 725 NW 23rd Ave.
Lee’s situation was first reported by the NW Examiner in February 2012. At that time, all decisions related to her assets, spending, residence and medical care were at the discretion of Nancy L. MacDonald, a professional guardian and conservator who billed Lee’s account for almost every service, errand or phone call at $85 to $110 an hour.
The efforts of Lee’s daughter, a dedicated cadre of friends and this newspaper to expose and reverse her predicament only seemed to dig her hole deeper, leading to hourly charges as MacDonald defended