On June 25, 1924, Dorothy was born to Roscoe and Myrtle (Green) Howard in Bryan, Cade community, Okla. Her family moved to Tyler in her teens and she was a 1942 graduate of Tyler High School.
Dorothy married her high school sweetheart S. A. Lewis Jr. and they were married for 67 years until his death. She and her husband owned and operated The Jewel Box for more than 50 years in Tyler. Faith, family and her work were her priorities.
Dorothy was a beautiful, talented and intelligent woman with a wonderful sense of style. She loved to appoint her home with beautiful things where guests were always welcome and it was the site of many swim parties for the grandchildren and favorite family cook outs. She and her husband took lessons and loved to dance later in life. She was a perfectionist in the art of sewing, making everything from clothes for her daughters’ tiny dolls to a wedding gown. She loved her daily devotionals and reading her Bible. She was a longtime member of Central Baptist Church.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, S.A. Lewis Jr.; daughter, Pat Jenkins and son-in-law, Glenn Jenkins; sisters, Lorene Holloway (and husband Bill) and Maxine Hoskins (and husband Luke); granddaughter, Melissa Majors and nephew Windel Marshall.
She is survived by her loving family including daughter, Janet Lewis Majors and sister, Mildred Marshall. Known as Mimi to her grandchildren, she is survived by granddaughters, Stacy Jenkins Waldrup and Amy Jenkins Tyler (and husband Hank), and grandson Chuck Jones. She is also survived by great-granddaughters Ashley Waldrup and Macey Tyler, and nephews and cousins.
Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m., one hour prior to service on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway in Tyler.
If desired, memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church, 1343 E. Grande Blvd., Tyler, 75703 or the Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler 75701.