Mary Ellen Lewis

Mary Ellen Anderson Lewis, 84 of Cecilia, died Saturday, June 27, 2015. Mary was born in Dayton, Ohio on June 7, 1931 to Ona and E.L. Anderson. She attended Howevalley School, where classmates remember her classic beauty and enthusiasm for life. Mary’s family meant everything to her. She dedicated her entire life to loving and nurturing them. She spent countless hours at Boy Scout activities, craft shows, dance recitals, ball games, and 4-H events. She often said her children were her greatest accomplishment. Mary was a doer; she was never idle. She read, cooked, decorated, sewed, gardened, entertained, and baked delicious pies, cakes, and biscuits. She was a master homemaker and shared her knowledge volunteering as a 4-H instructor, teaching cooking and sewing classes. Besides taking care of her family and home, Mary’s passion was antiquing. She would often recall buying her first antique and purely enjoyed the thrill of the hunt. The Lewis home was filled with Mary’s collections. During the course of collecting, she became rather knowledgeable about old things and even sold some of her finds in antique malls. Mary was passionate about life. She loved a good time, pretty shiny things, and country music. She loved spending time on the water, traveling, shopping, playing cards, going to movies, and dining with friends. Many of her fondest memories were spent with her recently deceased cousin, Juanita Vincent, and her life-long best friend, Lavon Moorman. Even after experiencing a devastating intracranial hemorrhage in 2005, Mary’s passion for life led her to do many things medical professionals thought impossible. Mary Lewis was a fighter. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ona and E. L. Anderson and a brother, Charles Anderson. She was the wife of Paul M. Lewis of Cecilia, Kentucky and the mother to Terry Stiles (Theresa) of Leitchfield, Paula Lewis of Lexington, and Starla Lewis (Brent) also of Lexington. She had four grandchildren, Sunday, Walt, Quin, and Cameron, and three great grandchildren, Hadley, Jack, and Riley. The funeral will be Monday at 3 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Rineyville with Father Dan Lincoln officiating. A private family burial will follow. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, 6100 Dutchman’s Lane, Suite 401, Louisville, KY, 40205. Condolences may be expressed online at



Monday, June 29, 2015 starting at 3:00 PM
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

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