On Thursday, January 24th, Mary Elaine Lewis went home to be with the Lord. Mary was born in Spring, Texas and as a child, she spent her summers there with her cousins, aunts and maternal grandparents, who affectionately called her “Lannie.” Galveston was her childhood home, where she attended nursing school and also where she met her husband of 45 years, Thornton Lewis. Mary graduated from nursing school and attained her L. V. N. license. She and Thornton were married on October 7, 1972, made a home and raised their family in Texas City, TX. She was a nurse for more than 40 years, a loved mother, grandmother, wife and member of McKinney Memorial Methodist Church. Mary was a natural caregiver and even after she retired from nursing, willingly lent a hand with the sick or cared for a little one. Family was very important to and found great joy in her six grandchildren.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Ida Mae Sheppard; her siblings, Allred Sheppard, Charles “Tree” Sheppard, Albert “Junnie” Sheppard, Sandra Sheppard Roberson and Patsi Sheppard Johnson as well as her firstborn son, James Earl Lewis, Sr.
Mary is survived by her husband, Thornton Lewis, Sr.; children, Tonya Lewis, Thornton “T” Lewis and Portia (Kenneth) Coleman; grandchildren, James “Jay” Lewis, Jalen Lewis, Anthony Traymon, Jr., Eliza Coleman, Ian Coleman and Oliver Coleman; her siblings, Willie “Cag” (Doll) Sheppard, Betty Anne (Leo) Parker and goddaughter, Cherish Davis. She also leaves behind her only aunt, Ella Senegal along with many friends, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Saturday, February 2, 2019 at McKinney Memorial UMC, at 1607 Nashby, La Marque, TX. Viewing will be from 10 – 11am followed by Funeral Services at 11am. Pastor C. R. Phillips will be the Officiant. Burial will be at Mainland Memorial Cemetery in Hitchcock, TX. Memorials may be sent to Bay Area Funeral Directors at 5410 FM 1765 Texas City, TX 77591. 409-933-4300.