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(Scenic photo D8C_7697)




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The Lee Mission Cemetery is named for pioneering missionary Jason Lee, who came to the Oregon Country in the 1830s, encouraged settlement, and founded Willamette University. (Scenic photo D8C_7697)


About the cemetery

Lee Mission Cemetery

Marion County
Established 1842
ca. 3,500 burials


This cemetery is notable for the number of early missionaries who are buried here, including 53 Methodist clergymen. In 1906 Jason Lee’s remains and original tombstone were brought here from the east coast. In an elaborate ceremony, he was laid to rest alongside his missionary family. His second wife, Lucy Ann Thompson, is also buried here. She died shortly after giving birth to a daughter in 1842.