Rosa Evedine (York) Lewis was born to Emmitt and Pearl York (both whom became ministers), on April 17, 1927, in Terry County, near Brownfield, Texas. She was the first child in a family of seven daughters and one son. She made the transition from t his life into the arms of her Saviour Jesus Christ the Righteous on March 13, 2013, at the age of 85 years, in Mesquite, Texas.
In 1942, she met and married the love of her life Loyd James (Jack) Lewis, and they shortly thereafter formed a ministerial team, he as a pastor and she as the first lady, in a bond that lasted for 42 years until his death. They worked together in starting and pastoring several churches in New Mexico and Texas, and the last being in Lawrence, Kan.
After her husband’s death in 1984, she moved to Odessa, Texas, where she attended the First United Pentecostal Church. She also was employed by Sam’s Club in Midland for many years. In 2006, she moved to Dallas to be with family.
They had three children, Jimmy Loyd Lewis (and wife ILA), Carroll Gene Lewis (and wife Sharon) and Karen Rose Belknap (and husband Don, deceased). There are nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. All three of her children are ministers and pastors, as are several of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. As you can see, she mothered a very religious family, many of whom are musically inclined. Rosa Lewis was one of the most praying ladies you will ever meet. She has left a great legacy for her family to follow. God came first in her life.
Her sisters are Jewel Jimenez (and husband Joe, deceased), Joyce Harless (and husband H.E. Bill, deceased), Reba Wooldridge (and husband Lynn) and Glenda Dunn (and husband Royce); and one brother Larry York (and wife Phyllis). Her mother and father are both deceased, as are two of her sisters, Virginia and Sylvia.
Our mother Rosa Lewis was raised during the Great Depression and learned the value of a dollar. She was very frugal and spent her money wisely. She took great care in what she had and saved many things. She cared for and provided for not only her children, but also helped provide so much for her nieces and nephews, especially when they were very young. She has made a great difference in so many lives.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Monday, March 18, 2013, at Ballard Chapel with burial to follow in Memory Lawn Memorial Park.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.