Signature Q&A: Demaris Lee

DEMARIS LEE is a 1972 graduate of Petal High School. She and her husband, David, started ServiceMaster in Petal in 1988. The following year, Lee and Jesse Rowell started the Petal Children’s Task Force when two families needed help with Christmas and food. This year it is celebrating its 30th year. Today, Lee serves as executive director for the nonprofit where she oversees the daily operations at their center. She and David have been married for 42 years and they have two children, Anthony and Brian Lee, and five granddaughters.

What is your idea of happiness?
Seeing everyone smile.

What is your favorite quality in a woman?
Trustworthiness.

What is your favorite quality in a man?
Honesty.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Not spending more time listening.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Not being punctual.

What is your most prized possession?
A necklace and ring my husband gave me for our 30th anniversary.

What is your greatest fear?
Not having enough food when I have company.

What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?
Nothing. I hope I’m an open book.

What do you most value in your friends?
Always being there for me.

Who are your heroes in real life?
My husband, David.

What was the worst day of your life?
The day my mother died.

What was the happiest day of your life?
When I married David 44 years ago.

What do you hate the most?
I don’t hate. I do get disappointed in people.

If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Donald Trump

What is your greatest regret?
Not doing God’s work when I was young.

Other than the Pine Belt, where is your favorite place to be?
In the RV with David going different places.

Which talent would you most like to have?
Being able to sing (in tune).

What words would people use to describe you?
Energetic, caught I never sit still. Cook, because I love to bake, sweets especially.

What is your present state of mind?
Crazy. We’re building a log cabin and things have to get done.

Who are your favorite authors?
John Grisham

What is your motto?
Do unto others

What would you eat for your last meal?
Shrimp and grits

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