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Obituaries 12/6/00

Joel I. Lewis, Sr.

Joel I. Lewis, Sr. left us on Thursday, November 23, at Weston County Health Services with his family by his side.

He was born on August 14, 1922 n Rapid City, South Dakota to Ritner F. and Frances Mulloy Lewis. He was raised on a ranch near Scenic, South Dakota. He was a WWII Navy veteran. He married Florence Ilean Pearce in 1945. They ranched near Scenic until 1955. He then made a living building homes and ranching.

He and Ilean were blessed with 13 children: Peggy Joleen Gabriel, Jeri Tapp (Jim) of Newcastle, Jane

Frances, Julia Johnson (Mike Pugh), Jean Lewis, Judie Wimberley, Joel Ivan Jr. (Randi), Joetta Deutsch (Allen), June Dudley (Bryon), John Lewis, Joyce Morrell (Paul), Joan Lewis (Andrew LeGate), James "J.D." This family gave him 40 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He was the loving brother of Joan C. Goff and Jerald V. Lewis.

He was a past Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus #6334 of Newcastle, a lifetime member of Rapid

City Moose Club and the American Rabbit Breeders Assoc. He encouraged all kids to get involved with 4-H animals and participants by showing and judging in Arizona and Wyoming.

He requested that he be buried in Scenic near his parents and two brothers, Ritner Jr. and Jude. His

wish for a "simple pine box" was granted lovingly by children, grandchildren, and friends by the making of a 2 x 6, tongue-in-groove, pine coffin with his three brands burned into the wood. He was taken to Scenic by his family and joined by many friends. His son, Joel read the poem THINKIN', a cowboy prayer, while a riderless horse was led through the cemetery.

A Rosary was held Friday evening and the Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, November 25,

2000 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Newcastle.

He is also preceded in death by his granddaughter Alecia Dawn Lewis and his great-grandson, Case Blackburn.

He lived with his daughter Julia in Winslow for 14 years where he enjoyed ranching for himself, Julia, and son, John. He made his home the last two years with his daughter, Jeri Tapp. Joel was well-known as Grandpa Lewis to many and he kept in contact daily by writing many letters and sending birthday cards. He enjoyed playing cards;c", helping with 4-H, walking, and especially dancing. He invited friends and family to Mallo Camp in August to celebrate his 78th birthday with a dance.

His family appreciates all the kindness shown to him and his family this past week. In memory of Joel, a memorial has been set up for the local 4-H Rabbit Club; memorial donations may be sent to Jeri Tapp, 37 Greenhouse Road, Newcastle, Wyoming 82701.

Max Herman Smith

Mass of Christian Burial and Holy Rosary for Max Herman Smith, 48, was held at 1 p.m. Friday, December 1 at Madre de Dios Catholic Church. The celebrant was Father Dan Hussey.

Max Smith passed away on November 27 in flagstaff. He was born on May 21, 1952 in Winslow. He loved horses, rodeos, fishing and camping.

His survivors include his father and mother, Joe N. Smith, Sr. and Virginia D. Smith; sons David and Walter Smith; brothers, Robert, Joe N., Jr., Milton, Herman and Tommy Smith; and sister Alice Smith.

Greer's Scott mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.

Ruby Ethel Heard

Funeral services for Ruby Ethel Heard, 91, were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, November 30 at the First Baptist Church. Viewing was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 29 at Greer's Scott Mortuary.

Ruby Heard passed away on November 27 in Winslow. She was born March 17, 1909 in Temple, Texas. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and a member of Soroptimist International. She came to Winslow in 1938 and worked at Santa Fe, Winslow Housing, Valley National Bank, Railroad Retirement Board and the U.S. Forest Service. She loved to dance. She was a person who always dressed up and look immaculate. She loved her grandkids and knew every one of them.

Her survivors include; daughters, Velvadine Edwards and Diana Hancock, both of Winslow; sister, Beatrice Janssen of Houston, Texas; 10 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Heard and daughter, Marilin Hancock.

Greer's Scott of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.

Vera Ellen Noll Wickham

Vera Ellen Noll wickham, 90, of Hendersonville, North Carolina passed away Saturday, December 2 after a brief illness.

She was a longtime resident of Winslow and had lived in Henderson County for the past two and one-half years and was of the Methodist Faith and a member of the P.E.O.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Carole Wickham and two brothers, Ivan and Roger Noll.

She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, R.E. "Bish" Wickham; daughter Sharon Saltz and husband R.F. of Hendersonville; two sisters, Lila Storz of Prairie Village, Kansas and Faye Williams of Santa Monica, California; four grandchildren, Chris Saltz of Atlanta, Georgia, Lacey Bloom of Fairfax, Virginia, Sharon Saltz and Cindi McFadden both of Hendersonville; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is being held Wednesday, December 6 at Lake Point Landing at 2 p.m. with the Rev. David Treadway officiating.

The family will be at the home of Sharon and R.F. Saltz, 209 Brookdale Ave., Hendersonville, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Winslow First United Methodist Church, 101 E. Hillview, Winslow.

Jackson Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

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