Lanelle Lewis (1929 - 2017)

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(Esther) Lanelle Clayton Lewis passed away on Sept. 8, 2017, at Alaska Regional Hospital due to natural causes.
Lanelle was born on Sept. 7, 1929, in Portulis, N.M., to Joe and Ada Watkins. She attended school in San Jon, N.M., where she excelled in sports, especially volleyball.
After graduation, Lanelle married Marvin J. Clayton. This union was blessed by a son, Sherman Lee. The family moved to Othello, Wash., where Lanelle worked as a bookkeeper. Marvin passed away in 1970. Lanelle moved to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1979, where she and her second husband, Lyle David Lewis, enjoyed years of travel and fishing, especially to the Seward Silver Salmon Derby. She was active in the Anchorage Women's Golf Association and loved the sport whether playing or watching. She was known for her immaculate home and "tailored" appearance.
Lanelle loved her family, her soap operas, dancing and living independently. She will be missed.
Lanelle was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings; her husbands, Marvin and Dave; and by her beloved son, Sherman Lee Clayton.
She enjoyed a special bond with granddaughters, Alison (Garrett) Beget of Washington, and Emily Lewis of Anchorage; and with great-grandchildren, Weston and Ainsley Beget.
She is survived by daughter-in-law, Pam; Dave's children, Andrea (Tom), David (Arvilene) and Cathy and their families; and numerous other relatives, longtime friends and neighbors.
Interment will be at Valley View Memorial Park in Soap Lake, Wash. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Sherman Clayton Memorial Scholarship, Columbia Basin Foundation, 234 1st Ave NW, Ephrata, WA 98823.
Arrangements entrusted to Legacy Funeral Homes. To share words of comfort with the family please visit www.legacyalaska.com.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Sept. 17, 2017