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MARY ANN LEWIS, 69, departed this life peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at Parkview Hospital surrounded by her family. Born May 26, 1947, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Preston "Press" and Estella (Bryant) Chaney Sr. Mary Ann was a graduate of Central High School and also graduated from Four Winds Academy of Cosmetology. She worked as a Cosmetologist for 30 years and was well known throughout the city for her hair cutting and styling design experience, retiring in 2008. She was a member of True Love Missionary Baptist Church for many years and volunteered for the F.W.P.D. Victim Assistance Office. Mary Ann enjoyed Gospel and Jazz music and her family. Surviving are her devoted husband, Lee Lewis; son, Gaylon Jerome Lewis of South Holland, Ill.; her bonus children, Dennis Lewis of Fort Wayne, Pamela Lewis of Atlanta, Ga., Trace Williams of Merryville, Iind., Tami (Ray) Lewis-Blue of Milton, Mass., and Diameoin Lamonte (Zanzy) Lewis of Fort Wayne; brothers, Preston (Christine) Chaney Jr. of South Bend, Ind. and Willie (Cheryl) Taylor of Fort Wayne; 18 grandchildren all dear to Mary Ann's heart; great-grandson, Jaxson "JJ" Lewis, "the apple of grandmas' eye" Devon; special granddaughters, Nia and Jazmin; and a host of other relatives and friends. Celebration of Life service 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 3506 Warsaw St., with calling from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home.

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Jan. 25, 2017.
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January 29, 2017
To Lee Jerome and Preston and family. I extend my sympathy to the entire family and to let you no how much i share your pain at this sad time. Passing of a life reminds us of something beautiful left behind. ''Memories''
Patricia Story
January 28, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
Vicki Wade
January 27, 2017
To Lee and Jerome - please accept my sincere sympathy on Mary Ann's going back to our Father's house. So elegant, funny, beautiful, sophisticated and warm with caring and love. I remember coming over to your house with Vern and we watched the Omen. Mary Ann soothed my fear of the movie with her ever present calm manner. I thought she and Lee should grace the cover of Ebony and Jet for their model looks. I last saw her about 4 years ago and it felt like 40 years ago. Never skipped a beat! God be with all of you during this time of celebration and grief.
Danielle Ridley
January 26, 2017
My sincere condolences to the family. Mary Ann's beautiful spirit and her radiant presence will truly be missed. Another angel has ascended. I pray that the God of peace will comfort your hearts.
Dr. Raphilla Dixie
January 25, 2017
Always made me feel special!!Fantastic person!! Big Love!!
Pete Wattley
January 25, 2017
My deepest sympathy extended to the family. GODs' blessings.
Mary Tabron
January 25, 2017
My deepest heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Lewis family. May God comfort & keep you doing your time of sorrow.
Joan (Slaughter) Slayton
January 25, 2017
MARY ANN.YOU WERE a beautiful person to be around.Iknow you are with the LORD.MAY GOD bless and keep your family.
January 25, 2017
Mary Ann know that I LOVE you so much and you will forever be in my heart.
Shelley Harris
January 25, 2017
My Dearest & Best Friend in all the world there will never be a day that our shared life and memories shall always and forever be held within my heart.
Dot Harris
January 25, 2017
To Mary Ann's family, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear loved one--I was just shocked to hear that. I had to take time to give you all my condolence. Mary Ann and I went to school together and she was a very loving and people person. Also, she was one of the best beauticians in Fort Wayne and I just loved the way she would cut my hair--everywhere I went, either in Ft. Wayne or out of town, people would always complement me on my hair. I joked with her one time and told her that we would be in the nursing home together and she would still be doing my hair(smile). I will always miss her and I know you'll will too. May the almighty God, Jehovah, be with you and your family.
Shirley Underwood
January 25, 2017
Lee,Jerome,Preston & Family...Memories❤ of the Chaney family and the time spent in the CHANEY home flood my mind...joyous times!!...I was treated as a member of the family....I want you to know I'm Praying for you and I Love you! My favorite psalms 121!!!
January 25, 2017

We are so sorry for your loss...Mary Ann was such a poised and beautiful lady, inside and out. I praise God for the impact she has had on my life over the years. I hope you will gain strength and take comfort in the loving memories of your time together. Trust and believe that God has it all in control.
Jannie Wyatt
January 25, 2017
So sorry to hear of the passing of dearest Mary Ann. Be assured of prayers being said for the progress of her soul as she takes her flight!
Milena Stekly
January 25, 2017
My deepest condolence to the Lewis and Chaney my heart goes out to Lee, Thank God for the years and be blessed in the days to come when no one but the Lord will see you through.
John 14:1 let not your heart be troubled
January 25, 2017
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
James & Mary Smith
January 25, 2017
Wow... This news hits hard... To Mary Ann's family: her pain is over. Mary Ann was much-loved and very loving. I am grateful to have known her and to have been a part of her life for a season: we worked together at ITT and she did my hair off and on for a number of years. She was the only one who could cut it right! (smile) I learned much from Mary Ann. She was a wise old soul and all of Heaven must be rejoicing now that she is home with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. You will mourn her, but know that she is exactly where God wants her to be. Keep the memories alive for the younger ones. Mary Ann was a sweetheart! My sincere condolences to Lee, Jerome, Connie and Forest and the rest of Mary Ann's family. I will miss her hugs, her bright smile and dancing eyes.
Vivian Chandler
January 25, 2017
I will miss your beautiful smile and soft spoken voice.It is a pleasure to have known you and be a part of your family.i will cherish the times we shared with family and friends.In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always
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