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Helen Lewis

Helen Lewis

Helen S., nee Wallace, Lewis, 95, of Marissa, IL; born on December 20, 1922 in Kirkwood, MO; passed away on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens, IL.

Mrs. Lewis and her husband owned and operated Lewis Hardware in Marissa from 1952 to the mid 1970’s. She also worked for many years as bookkeeper at the Sparta Airport. She was a member of the Marissa Presbyterian Church where she also taught Sunday School and was in the Evelyn Cathcart Circle. Helen was active and participated in the Marissa Women’s Club, Marissa Historical Society, and volunteered with Hospice. Helen loved reading and was very active with the Marissa Library and the Marissa Grade School reading program. She was a volunteer during WWII with the Red Cross and donated gallons of blood throughout her life. She enjoyed walking and belonged to the Scott Air Force Base Trekers. Helen was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

She was preceded in death by her parents – Monroe and Selina, nee Hudson, Wallace. Her husband – Clyde Lewis whom she married on June 28, 1941 in Jennings, MO. One brother in infancy and four sisters.

She is survived by her sons – Stan (Beverley) Lewis of Marissa, IL; Brad (Peggy) Lewis of Columbia, TN. Her grandchildren – Stanley Scott (Paula Buritsch – fiancé) Lewis of Carterville, IL; Julie (Scott) Thannun of North Richland Hills, TX; Dale (Melinda) Lewis of Marissa, IL; Susan (Bill) Juenger of Lenzburg, IL; Christopher (Tracey) Lewis of Jackson, TN; Andrew (Katherine) Lewis of Columbia, TN. Twenty six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Marissa, IL Fire Department or the Marissa, IL Library.

Funeral: Graveside memorial service will be held at the Marissa Township Cemetery on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 1:00pm with Rev. Dr. Robert Koch officiating.

A memorial service will be held at a later date to be determined.

Interment: Burial will be held in the Marissa Township Cemetery in Marissa, IL.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Administrator says:

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Posted by: Jack and Cathy McDonald – Columbia, TN – Neighbor Apr 09, 2018

  2. Administrator says:

    My deepest sympathy to the family. What an amazing picture capturing her smile! As I told her the last time I visited her, “May the Lord bless and keep you. May his face shine upon you. Be gracious and give you peace!”

    Posted by: Joyce Degenhardt – New Athens, IL Apr 10, 2018

  3. Administrator says:

    So sorry for your lost. Your family is in our prayers.

    Posted by: Toni and Phil Hoehner Apr 12, 2018

  4. Administrator says:

    There are no words that can take the pain away, after the loss of my mom last year, you won’t remember who was there, things that were said. You will have the love of your life by your side every step of the way. We are both lucky in that aspect in our lives. Do know that you and yours will be in our hearts and prayers. God loves us and he will help you through this difficult time.
    Many prayers
    Dave and Connie

    Posted by: Connie Sauerwein – columbia, IL – Friend Apr 12, 2018

  5. Administrator says:

    Brad, Peggy, Andy, Katherine, and the rest of the Lewis family-we are so sorry for your loss. Your family has been and will continue to be in our prayers…much love from The Lawrence family.

    Posted by: Andy and Erin Lawrence – Columbia, TN – Friend Apr 12, 2018

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