MARY PAYNE SCOTT LEWIS
May 31, 1922 - May 12, 2014
Mary Payne Scott Lewis, 91 years old, passed in the night at Heart and Hand Recovery home in El Centro, on Monday, May 12, 2014 from natural causes.
Mary was born May 31, 1922, in San Angelo, Texas. Her parents, Sylvester Clarence Scott and Mary Pearl Huff Scott were a gardener and homemaker. Mary was the second to the youngest of six siblings. Her sisters and one brother were known for being adventurous and mischievous. On November 28, 1939, at the young age of 17, Mary wedded after a six month courtship with Stanley Lewis, a local dry cleaner worker making $10 a week during his first year out of high school. Stanley first asked Mary out because she was "pretty." Seventy five years later, Stanley said that they continued because they loved each other. Wanda, their first daughter was born to the couple in 1941. Approximately three years later, La Verne was born to the couple. In 1944, after three years of U.S. involvement in World War II, Stanley left San Angelo to serve as an armament specialist. Mary was left to raise two young girls in a country coming out of the Great Recession and struggling with a long term commitment to a world war. Three years after the end of the war, Mary gave birth to her first of two sons, "Buddy". Mary and Stanley left Texas in 1950, allowing Stanley to complete his upper division work at New Mexico A and M College in Las Cruces, New Mexico. While there, Mary had her second son during the baby boomer years, Walter. In 1952 the couple moved to Estancia, New Mexico where Stanley began his teaching career. For over a half century, Mary and Stanley raised their family eventually relocating to El Centro, California. Mary's children remember her for her unending love and the freedom that she gave them to be productive and caring people. She taught them to be self-dependent and live their own lives. Most importantly, she taught them about compassion for others and how to love others without condition. Mary is the last surviving members of the six Scott siblings. As such, Mary became the surrogate parent and counselor, providing emotional support to her many nieces and nephews.
Mary is survived by her husband, Stanley; children Wanda, Buddy, and Walter; grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her daughter, LaVerne Menvielle.
The family will hold a viewing at Hems Brother's Mortuary in El Centro, on Saturday, May 17th, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 21st at 9 a.m. at the Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro. Relatives and friends are welcome.
Thanks are extended to family, friends, Heart & Hand Inc., Gentiva, and the staff at El Centro Regional Hospital for their caring, support, and love for Mary. The family is also thankful for the time they were allowed to spend with Mary.