Sue Lewis

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Sue Ella Gray Lewis, 97, beloved wife, mother, and friend, peacefully and mercifully passed away April 17, 2014. Sue was born in Eden, Texas, to Jennie Leota Latham Gray and Oscar Warren Gray. At the time of her birth, Oscar Warren had moved to La Mesa, N.M., in 1914, where he purchased and cleared land to take advantage of the irrigation made possible by the construction of Elephant Butte Dam. Sue was brought up with five brothers and one sister on the family farm in La Mesa. She attended La Mesa Elementery and Valley High School, where she graduated in 1935. She earned her bachelor's degree in education at Texas Woman's College at Denton, Texas. After teaching for several years in Dona Ana County, she decided to teach for the Panama Canal Zone schools. While there, she met and married Royce Lewis. When Royce joined the Navy during World War II, she returned to her parents and taught school in Mesquite. After the war, she and Royce lived in Las Cruces where her son Ted was born in 1949. After living in several towns in Texas, Royce, Sue and Ted finally settled in Las Cruces in 1955, where Sue started teaching at Valley View Elementary School. She would teach there for 21 years. She and Royce loved to travel, and many times they were joined by Ted. They loved their little 1971 Volkswagen Campmobile, and they traveled in it to Florida more than a dozen times to Panama Canal Society reunions. They fulfilled one of their travel dreams by driving the little VW van from Las Cruces to Panama on the Pan American Highway. While in town, Sue enjoyed belonging to various women's clubs, including Kappa Kappa Iota, the Women's Improvement Association, and the American Legion Auxiliary. Throughout it all, she maintained a great attitude and a love of family and life. She is survived by her son, Ted, who is retired from the Gadsden Schools. She has one granddaughter, Gabrielle Wheeler, and four great-grandchildren: Morgan, Annika, Trinity and Abby. Gabrielle, her husband, Jon, and the children live in Albuquerque. Also surviving and very dear to her are her nieces and nephew: Susan Kissler, Gran Meyers, Warren Gray, Leah Jones, Pat Baig, Linda Perine, Lynn Redwine, Jennie Grijalva, Eleanor Coe and Nancy Gray. She was preceded in death by her husband, Royce, who died in 2005, She was also preceded in death by her brothers and sisters: Ruben William Gray, John Latham Gray, Warren Gene Gray, George Oscar Gray, Edward Earl Gray, and Mary Francis Gray Perpine. Services are to be held at Masonic Cemetery at 9:30 am Saturday, April 26, 2014. Funeral Services are entrusted to La Paz-Graham's Funeral Home.
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La Paz - Graham's Funeral Home - Las Cruces
555 West Amador
Las Cruces, NM 88005
(575) 526-6891
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Apr. 24, 2014
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