Wanda Claire Lewis, age 90, died early Monday morning, March 25, 2013, at the Lone Tree Retirement Center, Meade, Kansas.
She was born June 23, 1922, at Hess Township, rural Gray County, Kansas, the daughter of Francis and Helen (McCauley) Cope. A resident of rural Fowler since 1959, moving from rural Gray County, Kansas, she was a homemaker.
She was a member of St. Augustine Episcopal Church, Meade, Kansas, and had attended the United Methodist Church in Fowler, Kansas. She was also a member of the Cimarron River Valley Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter and the American Legion Auxiliary as well as other local organizations. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting, reading, baking, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
On June 21, 1943, she married Walter Loren Lewis at St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in LaJolla, California. He precedes her in death on April 25, 1982.
She is survived by:
Three sons, Richard Lewis of Manhattan, Kansas
Ronald Lewis of rural Fowler, Kansas
Kyle Lewis of Fowler, Kansas
A daughter, Shelley Cherry of Urbandale, Iowa
A sister, Ellen Verell of rural Meade, Kansas
A sister-in-law, Sammy Cope of Liberal, Kansas
Nine grandchildren, Ashley Freeman, Lindsey Quinn, Michael McKinley, Cheri Leone,
Todd Lewis, Sarah Lewis-Finke, Laura H. Lewis, Allison Friedrich, and
Fifteen great-grandchildren, Evelyn Freeman, Lyda Freeman, Andrew Quinn, Collin McKinley,
Aiden McKinley, Chace Leone, Elizabeth Lewis, Bailey Lewis, Bristol
Lewis, Taylor Finke, Nick Finke, Tristin Lewis Dierking,
Kennison Friedrich, Colton Friedrich, and Cerise Friedrich
She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, step-father, William J. Merkle, and a brother, Wayne Cope.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at the United Methodist Church, Meade, Kansas. Private inurnment will take place in the Fowler Cemetery.
The family would welcome memorials to the Cimarron River Valley Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter, Scholarship Fund in care of Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.