Passing of Doris R. Lewis, 84, of Rexville, NY

Doris R. LEWIS, 84, of Rexville, NY, died Sunday, October 16, 2011 in her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born March 6, 1927, at home in Independence, NY, she was the daughter of Raymond and Leeta Wheaton Rogers.

On October 16, 1943, in Andover, NY, she married Robert F. Lewis, who survives.

Mrs. Lewis and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm for many years.  She was a dedicated employee of the Northern Tier Children’s Home Thrift Store in Genesee (the Genesee Mall) for 37 years, retiring in 2010.  She was a member of the West Union Mennonite Church.  She enjoyed reading, doing puzzles, and spending time with her family.  Doris had a special smile, an unwavering faith, a strong work ethic, and tremendous character.  She was a loving and dedicated mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  Her family and her love of the Lord are only part of the amazing legacy she leaves behind.

Surviving besides her husband, Robert, are:  five sons, Larry (Carol) Lewis, Lyle (Donalea) Lewis, Alan Lewis, Paul Lewis, all of Rexville, and Jerry (Judy) Lewis of Whitesville, NY;  six daughters, Carol (George) Whitsell of Rexville, Beverly (Danny) Prutsman of Harrisonburg, VA, Cathy (Paul) Samuell of Hickory, NC, Anita (Gerald) Heatwole of McGaheysville, VA, Charlene (Dale) Neuenschwander of Lancaster, PA, and Sue (Norm) Olds of Andover, NY;  39 grandchildren;  67 great-grandchildren;  two brothers, Maynard (Carolyn) Rogers and Raymond (Joan) Rogers, both of Silver Springs, NY;  two sisters, June Stadelman of Orlando, FL and Helen Hall of Greenwood, NY;  and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a grandson, Kenneth Lewis;  and a sister, Arlene Spicer.  Friends may call  Wednesday, October 19, 2011 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the West Union Mennonite Church, 1459 County Route 84, Rexville, NY 14877, where Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 10:00 AM.  Pastor Robert Walters will officiate.  Burial will be in Whitesville Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to West Union Mennonite Church Food Pantry, 1459 CR 84, Rexville, NY 14877 or the Whitesville Public Library, Whitesville, NY 14897.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

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