Jennie Ruth Estes Lewis

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Jennie Ruth Estes Lewis was born May 14, 1926 in St. Louis County, Mo. She was the daughter of Ernest Roy and Altha Todd Estes. She died April 15, 2019 at the Residential Living Center in Mt. Vernon, Ill. She married Raymond D Lewis of Flora, Ill. on July 16, 1955.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 50 years, Ray; and her sister Eloise (Glen) Wall, of Mt. Vernon. She is survived by two sons: Donald E Lewis, of Mt Vernon, and Ernest “Ernie” R Lewis (Laura) of Calverton, Long Island, N.Y.; one daughter Brenda D Lewis of Minneapolis, Minn.; one brother Eugene (Retta) Estes; one sister, Mona L (Clem) Rybacki of Las Vegas, Nev.; and one sister-in-law, Roberta Watkins; nieces and nephews, good friends and special feline friend and companion, Felipe.

She loved her family and friends, and enjoyed reading, sewing, and genealogy.

Her body was donated to the Carbondale, Ill. School of Medicine. A memorial service will be held at Epworth United Methodist Church in Mt Vernon, on Sunday April 28 at 2 p.m. with a reception afterwards. Her ashes and internment will be at Cherokee Village, Ark. United Methodist Church at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Epworth United Methodist Church, Mt Vernon Ill., Cherokee Village United Methodist Church in Cherokee Village, Ark., Shriners Hospital in St Louis, Mo., or a charity of your choice.

Her family would like to thank all the employees of the Residential Living Center for their love and care these past five years. Thank you for making a home for her.