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Daisy Shelton Lewis

January 27, 1937 March 23, 2014
Daisy Shelton Lewis
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“Her Children rise up , and call her blessed”  “Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates.” “Momma,” as we so affectionately called her was a woman of great strength and power with a most gentle spirit.
Suddenly and quietly in the middle of the day on Sunday March 23, 2014, God came and picked a beautiful flower for His garden Daisy Cordelia Shelton Lewis.
Daisy was born January 27, 1937 to the late Rev. Robert and Daisy L Shelton. Daisy was the youngest of eight children. “ Momma”, as we so affectionately called her was a woman of great strength and power with a most gentle spirit.
Serving the Lord was her lifetime desire. She loved the Lord with all heart. Her Christian discipleship began early in her life at the Starlight Baptist Church in Kenbridge, Virginia.  At the tender age of 12 years old, she accepted Christ and was baptized by the Late Rev. Clarence Seay. She took that teaching with her throughout her life’s journey. 
 Momma - The Little Country Girl
 A little country girl with a big heart.   Momma loved running barefoot on the dirt roads with her sister Thelma and her nephews, Leon and Melvin, and occasionally sneaking and eating red clay at the top of the hill.  Playing with the chickens and riding on the tractor with her father was the highlight of her young days. 
 Momma attended Lunenburg County public schools in Virginia. She was one of the four Jones Family Reunion (JFU) alumni of the Oak Grove Elementary School in Kenbridge VA.  She often reminisced about walking through the creek to get to school and sitting by the potbelly stove – “getting her lesson” from Ms. Winn, Ms. Watkins, and Ms. Woods. Momma proudly posed for photos for the local Kenbridge paper during the August 2013 JFU reunion. Her formal education continued at Kenbridge Grade School and Lunenburg High School.
Upon graduating high school Daisy relocated to New York City where she lived and worked for two years. She then moved to Baltimore, Maryland where she married the love of her life, the late Ralph Washington Lewis, Sr.  As a result of their union they were blessed with seven children.
 Momma – The Mother
Momma loved her family and cherished her seven pearls more than anything.  She enjoyed nothing more than calling her family together for a good meal and fellowship.  Momma was the glue that brought us together.  Her love was deep, every one of her children felt they were her favorite. That’s just Momma!
She raised her children to love and trust God. Momma loved the simple things in life,  crossword puzzles, word searches, court shows, Lifetime and Christian television.
Nobody could cook like Momma.  You can’t find better pound cake, fried chicken, sauerkraut and pigtails, and sweet potato pie.  Momma sure could cook!
 Momma – The Grandmother and Nana
Momma loved, cherished, and nurtured her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was everyone’s babysitter, field trip chaperone, taxi, confidant, and cheerleader. On bad weather days, Momma did not rest until every one of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were accounted for – Momma was our “weather girl.”  The Weather Channel couldn’t hold a candle to Momma’s predictions. 
 Momma – The Faithful Servant
Upon moving to Baltimore, Momma joined the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Turner’s Station.  This is where she took her children to Sunday school and attended for many years.  When she relocated to Baltimore City, she joined the Mt. Hope Baptist Church and later Good Shepherd Baptist Church serving on the Pastor’s Aid, the Missionary Board and the Mass Choir.  When she moved with her children to Anne Arundel County she became a member of the Silas First Baptist Church where she served faithfully as a Women’s Day choir member and a Missionary.  Momma looked forward every Sunday to her bible study class.
 Momma – The Nurturer
 Momma’s love and compassion for people was exemplified in her occupation.  She was a proud nursing assistant at City Hospital and Church Home and Hospital.  Momma’s uniform was starched and white and her shoes were always buffed and shined.  She retired after 30 years of faithful service.  There, Momma was a friend to all and fostered lifelong friendships.
Momma was an avid reader and her handwriting was impeccable.  She loved to travel and spend time with her friends at the Fleming Senior Center. She had an unbreakable bond with her precious sister Thelma who was her inseparable best friend. Momma’s soft words and bright smile encouraged all who knew her.
Preceding her in her flight, her son John R. Lewis (Ricky);  She leaves to cherish her memory,  her 6 pearls - Ralph W. Lewis, Jr. (Kathy), Elma Jones, Gwendolyn O. Young (Jesse), Patricia Estep (Kenneth), Gordon Lewis (Donna), Tracey Cherry (Travis); 13 grandchildren – William Jones, David Jones, Kenneth Estep, Robert Young, Jessica McLeod, Lanard Estep, Ria Lewis, Tyron Estep, Travis Lewis, Nathaniel Lewis, Travis Cherry, Jr., Trayshelle Cherry, and Jordan Lewis; 18 great-grandchildren; her beloved sister Thelma Johnson; and hosts of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 12:00 noon at the Shelton Family Cemetery, Kenbridge, VA.

Local arrangements by W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone.

Funeral Arrangements for Daisy Cordelia Shelton Lewis

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Body to Lie in State for public viewing 4pm-6pm

Wake 6:30 pm  -  7 pm
Home-going Service 7pm

Silas First Baptist Church
91 West Earleigh Heights Road
Severna Park, Maryland  21146

Please send condolences and cards to
Lewis Family
2 Fleming Drive
Baltimore, Maryland  21222

Flowers to be sent 
Vaughn Greene Funeral Services
4905 York Road
Baltimore, MD  21212

Final Memorial and Committal
Saturday, March 29, 2014
12 Noon
Shelton Family Cemetery
 Kenbridge, Virginia

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