Marie Gresham Lewis, 90, of Hot Springs, formerly of Warren, passed away on March 13, 2017.
She was predeceased by her husband Mark E. Lewis in October of 2016, three months after they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
Mrs. Lewis was immensely proud of her southern heritage and roots, and was very much a Southern lady, full of wit, charm, and social grace. After spending her late teens working in the Office of the Quartermaster General in WWII-era Washington D.C., she returned to her hometown of Warren where she met and married her husband, Mark.
Seeing little opportunity in their home state, the couple moved west, where they worked as a team to take advantage of the GI bill and advance Mark’s education. Once her husband’s career was on track, she balanced roles as a wife, mother, homemaker, real estate agent and whatever else the family required.
With her children grown and on their own, she pursued her love for retail by opening The Gazebo in Warren and later Gresham’s, Inc., a home interiors business in Hot Springs. She was finally coerced into retirement and closed Gresham’s in 2001.
“Miss Marie” was unabashedly proud of her sons and grandchildren, and would spend a great deal of time telling anyone who would listen her favorite stories about them, and countless other memories of her life and adventures.
Marie Gresham Lewis is survived by her sons, John Mark Lewis and Matthew E Lewis, and grandsons, Mark Ryan Lewis and Connor Landon Lewis, all of Hot Springs.
Services will be held on March 18 at Frazer’s Funeral Home, 305 S. Main St. in Warren, with viewing at 1 p.m. and service 2 p.m. Interment will be later, the following week, at Union Cemetery at Rye.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to Union Methodist Church C/O Mary Mercer, 19890 US 63, Rison, AR 71665.