Born Margaret Van Hollen in Baltimore, she was the granddaughter of George Henry Van Hollen, who owned the Atlantic Packing Co., a seafood wholesale firm. His name is on Hollen Road in the Cedarcroft neighborhood that he developed.
Her father, Donald Van Hollen, was a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. employee and her mother, Cecilia Harvey Coale, was a League of Women Voters secretary. She was a descendant of John Beauchamp, a financial backer of the Mayflower's 1620 voyage to Massachusetts.
Mrs. Lee was a 1943 Garrison Forest School graduate who studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and volunteered at the old Hospital for the Women of Maryland.
In 1954, she married Columbus O'Donnell Lee, a Maryland National Bank official.
Mrs. Lee was a fashion show commentator and coordinator for the old Saville and Wardrobe dress shops on Wyndhurst Road. A Democrat, she worked on the political campaigns of former Sen. Paul Sarbanes.
She played bridge, danced and bowled. She also enjoyed yoga and travel. Her hobbies included flower arranging, furniture refinishing, needlepoint and knitting.
She was a member of the Woman's Club of Roland Park, the Colonial Dames of America and the Paint and Powder Club.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. April 3 at St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave., where she was a communicant.
Survivors include a son, Columbus O'Donnell Lee III of Cockeysville; three daughters, Margot L. Ducloz of Dunwoody, Ga., Katherine V.H. Lee of Inverness, Calif., and Hannah L. Byron of Owings Mills; a sister, Cecilia "Celie" Ives of Peterborough, N.H.; and four grandchildren. Her husband of 48 years died in 2002.