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May 13, 2014

Mary May Smith Lewis

Mary May Smith Lewis, 94, of Perkins, went to her heavenly home and Father on May 5.  Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 601 S. West Street, Stillwater. Father Ken Harder will officiate. Mary will be buried near her parents at Lawrie Cemetery in Guthrie. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary was born in Guthrie, to James and Maggie May Smith on May 18, 1919. She graduated from Guthrie High School on May 20, 1937, and later graduated from Oklahoma City General Hospital School of Nursing on May 13, 1945, and joined the Army as a registered nurse. Mary served with honors, spending some time in the Philippines as a lieutenant murse. She went on to have a long career in nursing and possessed qualities that made every patient feel cared for and loved. She had a special touch and connection with her patients and they all loved her.

Mary was an advocate for nurses and quality patient healthcare. She served a term as president of the Nurses' Association in Florida. Blessed with a green thumb, Mary loved to garden and always had the prettiest yard in the neighborhood, raising flowers and vegetables.

She also had a passion for ancestry and loved to research the history of families. Additionally, she was a gifted writer who wrote beautiful letters and stories. She had written a story of her parents' lives, which will be eventually shared with the family.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents, James and Maggie Smith; her only sister, Susanna Pauline Stiffler; and brothers, James Harmon Smith, Fred Robinson Smith, Levi Magirl Smith, and Benjamin Theodore Smith.She is survived by her husband, Leo Lewis; her daughter, Mary (Cory) Dolling; her grandchildren, Samantha Layne Dolling and Samuel Louis Dolling; and her beloved nieces and nephews, which include Margaret Stiffler, Dona Stiffler-Coggin Jack Stiffler and Fred Smith, as well as their children; and sister-in-laws, Helen McCrimmon and Mary Sue Logan.

The family sends a special thank-you to Brad, Becky and Mary.

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