Bill Lee’s wife: 6 things to know about next Tennessee first lady Maria Lee

Nov 09, 2018 1975

BY: Karen Grigsby and Joel Ebert

Most Tennesseans are familiar with Bill Lee's story: He's a Franklin native and runs Lee Co., an HVAC, plumbing and electrical repair business. But what about his wife of 10 years, Maria? Here are six things to know about Tennessee's next first lady.

Who is Maria Lee? Maria Lee grew up in a middle-class neighborhood and an Italian family. Her mother was a stay-at-home mom, and her dad laid tile. How did Maria and Bill Lee meet? Maria Lee was the third-grade teacher for Caleb, one of four children of Bill Lee and his first wife, Carol Ann, who died in a horse riding accident in 2000. Maria Lee also coached Bill Lee’s daughter Jessica in cross-country and track.

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