“Mary Lou” Lewis, 88, died peacefully on June 29,
2019 after a short illness. She was born on July 18,
1930 in Butler, Pennsylvania to Merle F. McAnallen
and Hazel Wimer. She lived at 644 New Castle St.
most of her adult life until moving to Concordia’s
senior living in Cabot, PA in 2011. Mary Louise
McAnallen married Leon L. Lewis on August 26, 1949
and enjoyed 67+ years of love and companionship
until his death in 2017.
Mary Lou was known for her ready smile, her
infectious laugh, her giving nature, and her deep
love of family, friends and her church. She served
as a deacon, elder and member of the Board for a
number of years at the Oaks Hills Christian Church.
She also volunteered for the Visiting Nurses Hospice
Services for over twenty-five years. Mary Lou was
the lynchpin of the Lewis-McAnallen clan, always
keeping in touch, being there to provide support,
and becoming a surrogate parent and grandparent to
many of her nieces and nephews, and their children
over the years. She provided comfort, wisdom and
stability, along with large doses of chocolate,
cookies, popcorn balls and ice cream. She was the
quintessential Grandmother to all.
Mary Lou raised three children and helped to raise
and love eight grandchildren, and eleven great
grandchildren. She was a Devoted Daughter and
Sister, Loving Wife, Treasured Mother, Beloved
Grandmother, Favorite Aunt, and Best Friend.
Mary Lou is survived by son Lesley Lewis and wife
Nancy Ritter Lewis of Lexington KY; daughter, Vicki
Lewis Eicher and husband Don of Downingtown, PA; and
son Lynn Lewis and wife Jodi Nace Lewis of Chardon,
OH. Mary Lou has eight grandchildren: Bryan Lewis,
Geoffrey Lewis, Evan Lewis, Kristin Ramsey, Beth
Schaffer, Jodie Winkler, Michael Lewis and Stephen
Lewis, eleven great-grandchildren, and many
cherished nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Mary Lou was preceded in
death by her husband, Leon L. Lewis, their son,
Bryan Lee Lewis, and her four brothers, Lawrence
McAnallen, Heyward McAnallen, William McAnallen and
Family and friends will be received Saturday, July
20, 2017 from 10:00AM until time of service at 12:00
noon at the Thompson-Miller Funeral Home, Inc., 124
East North Street, Butler PA., with the Reverend Ty
Private burial will take place later in the Rose
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial
contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurses
Association, Western PA, Hospice Program; 154
Hindman Rd., Butler, PA 16001.