Posted on 2/2/14
dorothy lile lewisCENTRAL CITY, Ky. – Dorothy Lile Lewis, 96, of Central City, passed away Friday, June 27, 2014, at Baptist Health in Madisonville with her three daughters at her side. Mrs. Lewis was born August 31, 1917. She grew up in the Browder community in Muhlenberg County and graduated as valedictorian of her class at Hughes-Kirk High School. She was blessed with a loving and fruitful marriage to Clarence Martin Lewis for 73 years and was at his side when he passed away in 2012. She was an active member of the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association for over 60 years and a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Resolution for over 30 years. She leaves an exemplary legacy as a lady of strong Christian faith. She was a former member and elder of the Central City First Presbyterian Church and honorary life member of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. She has been a faithful member of the Central City First United Methodist Church for the past 10 years.

The word "MeMaw" had a special meaning to Mrs. Lewis' family, especially to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who always considered being with her a special treat. "MeMaw" meant a powerful, sweet, God-loving lady. She was the matriarch of her immediate and extended family – the one that family members approached for guidance and Godly counsel. Along with Mr. Lewis, who worked as a coal miner for 32 years, Mrs. Lewis toiled long and hard as a retail clerk and homemaker to insure that their three daughters would have an opportunity they did not have – to get a college education. And they did, with advanced degrees – and they have all been successful. Mrs. Lewis lived and loved well and her family and the world is a better place because of her. She was a role model as a wife, mother, grandparent, sister and aunt – and she leaves a strong and lasting legacy of education, character and Christian values.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Morton and Maude Lile; her husband, Clarence Lewis; brothers, Granville, David and John A.; and a sister, Jean Lile Tipton; and she is survived by a brother, William (Diddle) Lile of Crofton.

She is survived by her three daughters, Nancy Harris (Norman) of Statesville, N.C., Brenda Lewis of Louisville, and Judith Rhoads (Jerry) of Madisonville; seven grandchildren, Ron (Catherine) Harris of Charlotte, N.C., Sarah (Jonny) Cannon of Raleigh, N.C., Greg Ross of Owensboro, Jeannie Ross of Taos, N.M., David Ross of Austin, Texas, Bradley Rhoads (Marilyn) of Owensboro, and Christopher Rhoads (Char) of Owensboro; and sixteen great-grandchildren.

The funeral service is at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Tucker Funeral Home in Central City, with Dr. Kevin Brown officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, June 30, and after 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 1, at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Clarence M. Lewis Children’s Memorial Fund, First United Methodist Church, Central City. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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