Mary M Lewis, 84, passed away on July,9th, 2014 at her home in Soldotna, from cancer surrounded by her family, holding her granddaughters hands.
She was born on June, 20, 1930 in Monte Vista, Colorado to Virgil and Floy, Green. Mary grew up in Quincy, California. Mary graduated from Quincy High School. She worked in the family bakery while in high school. Mary worked at many jobs in her life time and was well like by her coworkers. Mary retired from Feather River Community College in 1984, while working for the college she was selected as the very first Employee of the Year.
Mary was married to Bill Lewis one of her Quincy High school class mates in 1948. They were happily married for 65 years. They had two wonderful daughters Janie and Janis. Mary and Bill followed their daughters and granddaughters to Soldotna Alaska in 1984 where they built their beautiful Justus Cedar Log home.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents Virgil and Floy Green and only sister Pansy La June Zion.
Mary loved her family and pets first and foremost. Some of her favorite times were with her family during Holiday's and family dinners. Her favorite holiday was always Christmas. Mary loved pets and always took in any stray no matter what their affliction was. She enjoyed living in Alaska where she fished and camped with her husband and family. Mary grew beautiful flowers,
loved baking and cooking, quilted and most of all loved babysitting her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mary was the matriarch of her family she was kind, loving and generous and touched the hearts of everyone that
knew her. Her family stated "We will miss her greatly, she is our guardian Angel".
Mary is survived by her husband Bill Lewis ; her daughters, Janie Lewis , Janis Byram, her husband Demie all of Soldotna; grandchildren Sadie Updike, husband Jesse of Kenai, Melody Dawn Puckett and husband Jeremy of Kasilof ;great-grandchildren Riley Updike and Neva Puckett; and her nieces and nephews and other relatives.
At Mary's request there will be no memorial service.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to an animal shelter of their choice.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Aug. 9, 2014