Carol Jeannette LEWIS, 74, of Rexville, NY, entered into the arms of Jesus on Monday, October 23, 2017 and was reunited with her oldest son, Ken, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born July 6, 1943, at home in Quarryville, PA, she was the daughter of P. Mylin and Emma Kauffman Lefever.
She was a graduate of Lancaster Mennonite High School.
On November 2, 1963, in Independence, NY, she married Larry E. Lewis, who survives. She continued to be his helpmate for nearly 54 years. Together, they raised their children on the family farm and welcomed many others into their home as well.
During her years of raising her family, Carol was a very active member of West Union Mennonite Church, serving in Children's Ministry, leading Vacation Bible Schools, teaching Sunday School, and participating actively in Women's Fellowship. She also shared her love of Jesus by teaching Religious Education in Whitesville School District. For many years, Carol was on the CSE Board of Whitesville Central School, helping to ensure that children with special needs were protected and given many opportunties. Carol enjoyed sewing, cooking, and baking. Those who knew Carol, knew that when you were welcomed into her home you could always count on a listening ear and a warm treat. She enjoyed sharing her baked goods with youth groups, church family and often times fundraisers. For many years, she supported Penn York Camp and the Mennonite Relief Sale by giving of her time and energy. Donuts, quilts, specially decorated cakes and pies were often favorites, loved by many. Most of all Carol loved to share the love of Jesus with children through her life and actions. She and Larry welcomed many foster children into their home as well as children from the Fresh Air program. Most of all, Carol loved her grandchildren. Most days, the sound of children laughing could be heard throughout her house.
Surviving besides her husband, Larry, are: her children, Sandra Lewis, Keith (& Donna) Lewis, Stanley (& Diane) Lewis all of Rexville, Michael (& Heather) Lewis of Mount Joy, PA, Nikki (& John) Eddy of Alfred, Casey (& Christy) Lewis of Knoxville, PA, Julia (& Mike) Welch of Troupsburg, Katie (& Pete) Lewis Gohdes of Grottoes, VA, and Baron. She is remembered and loved dearly by 27 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She is survived by brothers Parke M (& Charlotte) Lefever of Lititz, PA, and Harold (& Joyce) Lefever of Elmira, sisters Pauline (& Nelson) Rohrer of Quarryville, PA, and Joanne Lefever of Lebanon, PA. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Lewis.
Friends may call at the West Union Mennonite Church, 1459 County Route 84, Rexville, NY 14877 on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM and on Friday from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with Funeral Services following at 11:00 AM. Pastor Trevor Price and Pastor Robert Walters will co-officiate. Burial will be in West Union Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.