Marjorie H. Lewis Obituary

  • Marjorie H. Lewis
    In Loving Memory of

    Marjorie H. Lewis

    Birth Date: Sep 16th, 1924 Death Date: Oct 23rd, 2015
    Funeral mass for Marjorie H. Lewis will be held at 10 am on Monday, Oct. 26, at Trinity Episcopal Church, under the direction of Father John Himes. Entombment will be at the Colonial Gardens Mausoleum.

    Visitation will be at Sullivan Funeral Home from 5 to 7 pm on Sunday, Oct. 25.

    Marjorie died Friday morning, Oct. 23, in her home. She and her husband Roger S. Lewis, who preceded her in death in September 2008, were longtime residents of Marshall.

    She was born Sept. 16, 1924, in Vienna, IL to Douglas H. Harris and Bertie S. Harris. The family moved to Ann Arbor, MI, where she attended Ann Arbor High School. Marjorie enjoyed riding horses English style and was a member of the riding club in high school. She was the lead actress in the junior and senior plays at Ann Arbor High and met fellow cast member Roger, who became her husband of 63 years.

    Marjorie was a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and named sweater girl her freshman year. She married Roger on June 23, 1945, and graduated from the University of Michigan shortly thereafter with a degree in psychology.

    After Roger completed his military service, they moved to Wichita, KS to operate a trucking business with Roger’s father, Clayton Lewis. They moved to Marshall in 1948 and founded Lewis Motor Company, a Ford dealership. In 1961, the father and son started Lewis Engineering Company, which the third and fourth generations are still operating today. Marjorie raised three children and was a Cub Scout leader. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and served on the church’s altar guild. She was an active member of Forum 50.

    Marjorie taught herself how to cook and was able to prepare a four-course dinner by the age of 12. She became a gourmet cook and attended many cooking schools, including courses at the famous Le Manoir aux Quat Saison restaurant in Oxford, England and the Greenbriar in Sulphur Springs, WV. Among the chefs whose classes she and Roger attended were Julia Child, Paul Bocuse and Jacques Pepin. The two of them hosted many dinner clubs, holidays and special events in their home. For Marjorie, cooking was a way of expressing her love for her family and friends, and love was the extra ingredient in her dishes. For years she gave friends her special dinner rolls at Christmas.

    She is survived by her daughter, Diane Lewis of Oklahoma City, OK; two sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Isabel Lewis of Marshall, and Greg and Tamara Lewis of Mountain View, CA; three grandsons and daughters-in-law, Lieutenant Commander Roger and Mary Davis, of Edmond, OK, Nicholas and Marlene Davis of Oklahoma City, and Doug and Amber Lewis of Marshall; two great-grandsons, Christopher Davis and Harrison Davis of Edmond, and one great-granddaughter, Kirkley Lewis, of Marshall; and step-great-grandchildren Max and Samantha Lynch of Vancouver, WA. She is also survived by her brothers-in-law and their wives, Dr. Clayton Lewis and Gloria of Atlanta, GA and Dr. Don Lewis and Alice Jean of Seattle, WA.

    Pallbearers will be her grandsons and Louis Planchard, Les Rhoades and Dr. Jim Harris. Honorary pallbearers are Jim Berryman, George Spears, Dudley Taylor, Pat Furrh and Ken Carlile.

    The family wishes to thank her caregivers Carolyn Williams, Vickie Jones, Helen Bailey, Olga Alameda, Sara Ruiz and Patricia Cowen for their kindness in the last years of her life, and her physician Dr. Srinivas Rangu.

    The family asks that memorials be made to Trinity Episcopal Church or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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