Providence City Cemetery
Friday July 9th, 2021
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Mary Robinson Lewis
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Mary was born April 26, 1925 at home in Franklin, Idaho, the seventh of nine children of Louis Perley (P. L.) Robinson and Lillie Jane Atkinson. She was named for her grandmothers Mary Elizabeth Robinson and Mary Handy. At 18 months she contracted scarlet fever and almost died. Her early life during the depression on a farm provided that she always had food, but otherwise it was difficult with the home heat coming from a large coal stove in the kitchen, no indoor running water, and no electricity until she was about 8.
She loved the small Franklin School which housed all 12 grades. Her high school class consisted of only 18 students so she was a cheerleader, ran relays, pitched on a ball team and played all the sports. She was selected as the Junior Prom Queen. She first met Dell Lewis at the Idaho Days in June 1942 during her senior year. From there they dated exclusively most weekends at the Persia Anna Dance Hall in Preston and she got her engagement ring the day she graduated from High School. On November 16, 1943 they were married in the Logan Temple, an earthly marriage lasting 67 years until Dell passed away.
The Matriarch of her large family, she has persevered an additional 11 years. Her lifetime vocation was homemaker and mother where she loved each one of her family passionately. She started working to finance her son’s mission and later worked many years at Sweetbrier, Lady Faire, and Shonnee’s Floral because she loved to interact with the public.
As a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints she served in many callings in the Primary and Relief Society including nursery leader when she was 80. She and Dell were called to serve together as officiators in the Logan Utah Temple in 1990 and continued for over 15 years.
On July 1, 2021 after a day with family, she rejoined her eternal companion, Dell; a wish she had held for the past 11 years. She will always be remembered for her humor, quick wit, and feistiness as well as her rolls and plates of homemade candy she handed out to all who stopped to talk. She leaves behind her three children: William Darrell (Joyce), Mary Jeanne Briel (Don), and Ann Haslam (Brent); 13 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and 3 1/2 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Dell, and 8 brothers and sisters: Georgia, Maurine, Donald, Jack, Howard, Vada, Louis, and Carl Jay and their spouses.
It was truly a life well spent.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 9, 2021 at 12:30 pm at Providence City Cemetery (925 River Heights Blvd, River Heights).
Dear Darrell, Jeanne and Ann, You and your families are surely in my heart.
I was so sorry to hear that your dear Mother had passed. What a light she was to everyone!
Mary had the prettiest smiling eyes, and beautiful happy smile. So intelligent and interesting too!
She adores her family each one of you and she will continue to love you and adore you and look out for you. I really believe that.
I had the opportunity to visit with her on the phone about a month ago and it was so wonderful to hear her voice again.
Her obituary was beautiful and she was surely an outstanding lady. She and your Dad truly raised great children. I know she appreciates the many kind things that you have all done for her and you have blessed her life always.
One Afternoon I spent a couple of hours with her and the time flew by! She's such a loving and giving and warm person. She was a dear friend to Mom and all of us. It is so clear how she is truly grateful with all of her heart for each one of you. That is for sure. With love, Rita Ellis Minkler.
May you all be very blessed.
Rita Ellis Minkler Jul 9 2021 5:47 AM
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. She was always such a fun perky woman. I adored her. All my best and condolences.
Suzanne Maughan wilson Jul 8 2021 6:24 PM
Our family enjoyed our last plate of treats from Mary in December. Her licorice caramels were a favorite. She was an inspiration with her beautiful smile and practical ways. When our young family lived in River Heights, Mary and Dell sat with me each Sunday to help manage my young boys while my husband served as ward bishop. Their act of kindness and service stands out as one of the nicest gifts I have received. I will never forget their example.
Kerry Bringhurst Jul 8 2021 9:00 AM
It was with great sadness we learned of the passing of our wonderful aunt Mary. We're so glad we stopped by on Memorial Day weekend to visit with her. (And she wouldn't let us leave without a large stash of her homemade chocolate candies.) It was through her kindness and thoughtfulness that ensured there were flowers on our mom & dad's graves every year. She was the last of her generation and we are the poorer for her passing but we understand that she was anxious to finally rejoin her beloved Dell.
Although she had some recent health issues, her mind was sharp, her humor was undiminished and we take what comfort we can in the fact that she passed at home with her loving family around her.
Alan Biggs & Jane Rambo, George & Elsie Biggs family Jul 4 2021 4:55 PM
We love our dear Mary and oh, how we enjoyed her yummy chocolates! She will be deeply missed.
Troy & Bessie Wakefield Jul 4 2021 12:36 AM
Alan & Charlotte Biggs and family lit a candle for Mary Robinson Lewis
Alan & Charlotte Biggs and family Jul 3 2021 10:12 PM