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Ora Lee Lewis

December 10, 1925 – June 17, 2017


LewisOra Lee Lewis, age 91 of Monroe, died at 2:30 a.m. Saturday at Medilodge of Monroe where she resided due to her fight with Alzheimer’s disease.

Born December 10, 1925 in a town near Nashville, Tennessee, she was the daughter of Shirley and Lilly Mae McCormick.

Ora Lee moved to Detroit from Tennessee in the early 1950′s with her husband, James M. Lewis for his employment with Chrysler Motor Company as a welder. Guided by friends, they eventually moved to Monroe where they raised their three children. Mrs. Lewis and her older sister were employed in Battle Creek, Michigan during World War II. After moving to Monroe she was a housewife and mother until her youngest child went to school, then she was employed by Beach Nursing Home until she was hired at Mercy Memorial Hospital in the Labor and Delivery Department for over twenty years, retiring in 1992. She loved caring for the mothers of the newborns and rocking their babies.

Mrs. Lewis was a long-time member of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church.

Ora Lee is survived by her daughter, Anna Vincent of Temperance; five grandchildren, Matthew Vincent, Kevin Vincent, Jeff Smith, Melinda (Brandon) Bowling, and Aaron (Amber) Peariso; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents;husband; daughter, Elaine Peariso; and son, James David Lewis.

Family and friends may visit from 12 p.m. until services at 2 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. George B.A. Fountain will officiate. Burial will be private at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Memorial contributions in Ora’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Great Lakes Caring Hospice, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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3 Responses to Ora Lee Lewis

  • Linda (McCormick) Jones says:

    I was so sad to hear that Aunt Ora has passed away. She was loved by so many and as her niece I have many fond memories of her – all of the childhood visits to Michigan when we were little and of her visiting us in Tennessee. I got her to come and stay a week with me when Brandon was little we had the best time. She gave me her nursing pin when I graduated from nursing school and I keep it in my jewelry box for safe keeping. I will treasure it always.
    Although she will be missed dearly I have peace in my heart knowing she is in Heaven with her children and with my Dad Floyd, Uncle Boss, Aunt Opal and Aunt Ola.

    Anna, Matthew, Kevin, Jeff and Melinda – I will keep you all in my prayers! God Bless,

    Linda McCormick Jones

  • Pam and Jack Fynes says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time, Anna. So sorry for your loss…

  • Mary Lou Stamps Porter says:

    A very special lady, will always be remembered. I spent a very special day with her and my sister in law “Boots” at her home . Thoughts and prayers for the family.

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