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Lucille E. Lewis, 98, of Mansfield Center passed away peacefully Sunday, August 25th, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Living Center in Windham CT. Lucille was born on July 16, 1921 in Norfolk, VA. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Eleanor (Kedris) Smith.
Lucille and Harold “Bucky” Lewis were married on January 1st, 1944 and lived in Willimantic until Bucky finished building their one and only house in 1951. They then moved to Mansfield where they raised their two sons, and lived for the rest of their lives. Lucille worked as a secretary at the American Thread Co., a part-time rural mail carrier and 21 years as a school bus driver in Mansfield.
She enjoyed interacting with other Mansfield residents as a long- time member of the First Church of Christ, the Echo Grange, the Community Club and the Mansfield Senior Center. She also loved senior trips and cruises with close friends. For years she rarely missed a “ham & bean supper”, or similar event. Another favorite joy in her life was shopping, especially with coupons. She truly loved hunting for milk glass dishware with her shopping buddy, Nancy: the search seemed to go on for years! Another of her favorite pastimes was holding frequent weekend tag sales. Lucille liked to have fun with people. She had a sharp, if somewhat sarcastic, sense of humor. It’s no wonder that she like to watch Judge Judy.
In addition to her parents, Lucille was predeceased by her husband, Harold Lewis Sr., her eldest son, Major Harold “Hal” Lewis Jr., USAF, who gave his life in 1980 during an attempt to rescue American hostages held in Iran: making Lucille forever a Gold Star Mother. She was also predeceased by five of her siblings Walter, June, Earl, Patricia and Lawrence. She leaves behind her son Walter, his wife Janine; daughter-in-law, Wendy Lewis of FL. Granddaughters, Ariana Lewis of CT, Tara King and husband Nathan of PA, Kimberly Segelken and husband Bill, of TX.; grandsons Jeffrey Lewis and his wife Michelle of PA., James Lewis and his wife Kristen, of TN.; twelve great grandchildren. Lucille also leaves behind her sister, Virginia Wills of VA.
Her family would like to recognize staff of St. Joseph’s Living Center for the excellent care that they provided for the past three years. A private family burial will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation In Lucille’s name to a charity of your choice.