Patsy Ann Brister Lewis
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Services celebrating the life of Patsy Ann Brister Lewis will be Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church Ruston. Officiating will be her pastor, Dr. Chris Craig. A brief graveside service will follow immediately at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 2300 West California Avenue, in Ruston.
The family will receive friends prior to the service at the First Baptist Church from 9:00 AM to service time.
Patsy Lewis passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2013 after a long, graceful fight with mesothelioma. She was 78.
Patsy was born February 28, 1934 in Bunkie, Louisiana. She graduated from Bunkie High School and from Louisiana College, where she was Homecoming Queen in 1954, May Queen in 1955 and editor of "The Wildcat," the college newspaper. A "coach's wife," she taught at Sulphur, Jonesboro-Hodge, Simsboro and Ruston high schools before graduating from Louisiana Tech University in Counseling and Guidance in 1969; three years later, she became the University's Dean of Admissions, Basic and Career Studies and Director of Orientation.
She loved "Coach" and her sons, and maybe it was because of them that she took a special interest in making sure many boys and girls who might not have gone to college (or stayed in college) not only got into Louisiana Tech, but also graduated. Among the pictures of family and friends in her Tech offices were these two framed sayings: "It is more important to be nice than nice to be important," and "Bloom Where You Are Planted." Patsy lived her own advice.
Patsy joined FBC Ruston in 1963 and remained an active member until her death. She was a member of Bess Cook's Joy Sunday School class. Her example extended far beyond her steady attendance at the 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning service, second pew, right side, on the aisle. Even after her 1990 retirement from Tech, she continued to encourage and inspire by example. She also joined the Northern Louisiana Medical Center Auxiliary and logged more than 1,000 hours of volunteer service. A member of the Ruston Garden Study Club, she was a lover of beauty and of all God's Earth, whether it had pansies or tomatoes growing from it or football players running on it.
Many owe a huge debt to Patsy for her friendship, her example, her guidance, her priceless smiles and love. She was a godly, beautiful woman, both inside and out.
Patsy is survived by her husband of 57 years, Coach E.J. Lewis; sons, Luke DeWitt Lewis and wife Donna Crowson Lewis, Jedd Brister Lewis and wife Melanie Morgan Lewis; grandchildren, Logan James Lewis, Keegan James Lewis, Jacob Brister Lewis, Austin Guillory Lewis, Morgan Camp Lewis, Albany Ann Lewis; one great-grandchild, Asher Alexander Bailey; her brother, Walter A. Brister, Jr. and wife Frances of Monroe; sisters Fern B. Fifield and June B. Gough of Ruston and Carol B. Martin of Shreveport; as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Mamie Brister.
Serving as pallbearers will be Randy Ewing, Terry Ewing, Billy Belding, Hudson Akin, Doug Jeffcoat, Dr. Virgil Orr, John Morgan and Marion Townsend.
Patsy requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the First Baptist Building Fund, 200 South Trenton Street, Ruston, LA 71270.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com
Published in The Town Talk on Jan. 25, 2013