Mazie entered this life on March 15, 1926 in Monett, Mo. the only child born to the late Claude Everett and Ethel Virginia (Hensly) Roderick. She was raised in Monett, Mo. and was a 1943 graduate of Monett High School.
On July 22, 1944 in La Junta, Colo., she was united in marriage to a young serviceman from Sarcoxie, William Clifford Lewis after a four year courtship, and to this union one son was born. After World War II, they resided in Sarcoxie, Mo. until moving to Carthage, Mo. in 1952, later returning to Sarcoxie in 1977. She was a member of the Sarcoxie United Methodist Church and the PEO A.P. Chapter.
Mazie was a kind, gracious lady with a gentle spirit and an ever present smile. She was truly loved by all who knew her. Her quiet courage carried her through the most difficult times. She never sought attention for herself but was always concerned for the welfare of others. She enjoyed playing bridge and was a voracious reader. She and Clifford were active in the early stages of the Sarcoxie Library, which she and Clifford had helped convert from the "Red Front" mercantile store. At one time during their courtship, she thought Clifford had lost interest when he stopped coming to the family home to see her. She found that he had gone to Kansas City to take dance lessons because he could not dance and she loved to dance. At first, their courtship was limited to going to the Monett Methodist Church with her and her family or going to her family home to sit in the living room or front porch with her, her family and other Monett boys. They traveled to Pueblo, Colo. every year to visit close friends who had been in their wedding party.
Mazie was a kind, gracious lady with a gentle spirit and an ever present smile. She was truly loved by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 53 years, William Clifford Lewis, on Dec. 23, 1997.
Mazie is survived by her son, Cdr. John Lewis, USNR (ret.) of Sarcoxie, Mo.; as well as a host of other family and lifelong friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Lewis are 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 in the chapel of Housh-Goodwin Funeral Home in Sarcoxie, Mo. Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F Cemetery in Monett, Mo.
Those honoring her life by serving as pallbearers are Steve Lewis, Bill Lewis, Rod Lewis, Nick Petelski, Troy Lewis and Todd Petelski.
The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our website www.housh-goodwinfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers memorials are being directed to the Mazie V. Lewis and the William C. Lewis Sarcoxie Schools Foundation Scholarship Funds. Contributions may be left at the funeral home.
Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Housh-Goodwin Funeral Home in Sarcoxie, Mo.