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Reed-Culver Funeral Home

117 West Delaware Street, Tahlequah, OK

OBITUARY

Melba Joyce Lewis

October 30, 1941March 13, 2020
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Funeral services for Melba Joyce Lewis will be held on Friday, March 20th, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Reed-Culver Funeral Home. Her family is planning on private family visitations. She will be laid to rest next to Sam Arch Lewis at Moody Cemetery following services. Online condolences may be left at www.reedculver.com.

Pallbearers for Melba include Dylan Luper, Blake Kirby, Josh Luper, Christina Woodruff, and Jessica Woodruff. Her honorary pallbearers include Michael Foreman, Sam Bowers, John Pasdach, Jerry Womack, Rusty Anderson, Marshall Conner, Anthony Senters, Gary Bullington, and John Mitchell

Melba Joyce Womack-Lewis was born on Thursday, October 30th, 1941, in Russellville, AR, the daughter of Loyd William and Sylvia Christine (Goings) Womack. She grew up with her mother and stepfather, Carthal Wooley, and with one brother, Jerry Womack. Upon completing high school, she took classes to do bookkeeping, and worked most of her adult life as a bank bookkeeper for Bank Of America. On November 3rd, 1972, she would marry the love of her life, Sam Arch Lewis, at the Grace Baptist Church in Tahlequah, OK. The most important thing in Melba’s life was her seven children, twenty two grandchildren and thirty great grandchildren. There was nothing she enjoyed more than gathering them together to celebrate one of life’s special moments or a holiday. She would go to the kitchen and make one of her famous lasagna meals, and of course her cookies and cinnamon rolls were the best ever made. She spent hours in her gardens, raising beautiful flowers and the best vegetables, canning it all for her family to eat in the winter. She was always running comfortably around the house, minus her shoes, and always in the company of her many pets, dogs, cats, horses, and even a pet rooster, who loved only her. When she wasn’t working, she was bowling in league, riding horse back, or crafting and crocheting. She was a devoted daughter, wife, mother and grandmother, who always took the time to tell you how much she loved you, how proud she was of you, and give you her million dollar smile and hug. Her door was always open and there wasn’t anything Nana couldn’t fix, she was special like that. Her husband passed from this life in 2011, and she continued her time with her family until her health began to fade. She passed from this life on Friday, March 13th, 2020 in Tahlequah, OK after reaching the age of 78 years, 4 months, and 13 days. No one can ever replace Nana. She was a guiding light and a shining star.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.Monroe Clark, her mother and father, her husband Sam, two children, Danny Shipp and Cassandra Doss, two grandsons, Dustin Mitchell and Devin Cantrell, one great grandson, Kyle Luper, and her stepfathers parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wooley.

Those she leaves to celebrate her life include her children, Tanya Bullington and husband Gary of Ft. Smith, AR, Rossanna Anderson and husband Rusty of Tahlequah, OK, Sam Bowers of Owasso, OK, Angelia Pasdach and husband John of Claremore, OK, and Joyce Marie Sitsler and husband James of Locust Grove, OK. She lives on in her grandchildren, Brandy Foreman and husband Michael, Johnny Mitchell and wife Amanda, Jessica Woodruff, Christina Woodruff, Nick Mitchell, Kandy Luper and husband Josh, Jenny Conner and husband Marshall, David Shipp and wife Emily, April Jones, Samantha Finch and husband John, Shannon Card, Jonathan Card, Donnie Bullington, Chelsea Cantrell, Brittany Kirby and husband Blake, Sierra Cantrell, Carl Jones, Mia Bowers, Kimberly Tomlin and husband Phillip, and James Sitsler. She also leaves her great grandchildren, Alexia Rule, Savannah Swafford, Adonis Wilson, Kaden Schenk, Bentley Conner, Cheyenne Tayrien, Dylan Luper, Alexander Foreman, Hallie Foreman, Arianna Walker, Mallory Mitchell, Makayla Luper, Dakota Mitchell, Leland Mitchell, Rayland Mitchell, Shyloh Jones, Shiloh Mitchel, Lilly Shipp, Colton Shipp, Ally Tomlin, Bradley Tomlin, Braelynn Jones, Zander Jones, Chloe Card, Emily Card, Heather Finch, Aughston Boyd, Madisyn Card, Anthony Card, and Alexandre Card. There are also three great great grandchildren, Avery Swafford, Lincoln Swafford, and Legend Swafford, as well as many cousins , and a host of friends and loved ones too numerous to mention.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Dylan Luper
  • Blake Kirby
  • Josh Luper
  • Christina Woodruff
  • Jessica Woodruff
  • Sam Bowers, Honorary
  • John Pasdach, Honorary
  • Jerry Womack, Honorary
  • Rusty Anderson, Honorary
  • Marshall Conner, Honorary
  • Anthony Senters, Honorary
  • Gary Bullington, Honorary
  • John Mitchell, Honorary
  • Michael Foreman, Honorary

Services

  • Funeral Services Friday, March 20, 2020

Memories

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Rossanna Anderson

March 20, 2020

Love you mom.

Rossanna Anderson

March 20, 2020

MOM YOU WILL BE FOREVER IN MY HEART!
YOU CALLED ME YOUR ANGEL IN DARKNESS
AND NOW YOU ARE MINE
I WILL SEE YOU "INSIDE YOUR HEAVEN"
REST IN PEACE

Keeli Bowers

March 20, 2020

Joyce had been my “second mom” for over half of my life. I can honestly say she was the most selfless person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I could have never asked for a better NaNa for Mia. Thank you for everything you did for me and our family and thank you for always treating me as one of your own. What a reunion you must have had!! RIP

Joyce SITSLER

March 19, 2020

Two of the most loving people I know
"Together again💞"

Mia Bowers

March 18, 2020

I Love you NaNa!!!!!

Sam Bowers

March 18, 2020

Oh how I would have loved to see the reunion with Dad and you! Love You Mom! Maybe you can use the dance moves Mia taught you!

Samantha Finch

March 18, 2020

I can't believe my nana is gone. To never here her say "well hi" when I call and check in. I was always with my nana and papa when I was a kid and teen my favorite thing was helping nana in her garden as a kid. My nana was a special soul who always loved cooking family dinners Christmas was also filled with so much love and joy. I will never forget the unconditional love she gave to me and my daughter. She will be missed greatly.

Brittany Kirby

March 18, 2020

I have spent the last few days trying to wrap my head around the fact that Nana is gone. How blessed is it that you had someone so amazing in your life that you absolutely can’t imagine life without them? Nana was always my biggest fan and supporter, but also there to knock me down a few pegs when needed. She gave the best advice, had the best laugh, and was always a good sport when we would hide and scare her. I’ll never forget summers at her house spending one on one time with her or family holidays walking in and feeling so comforted and loved.

Nana, I hope you finally got your yellow slug bug. I hope you’re dancing with Papa and catching up on all those years you were apart. I know you are happy and healthy now. Until we meet again one day. I love you and I’ll be missing you.

Chelsea Cantrell

March 18, 2020

I will always cherish the memories that were made with Nana. From summers spent at her house when we were younger, to all the exciting recent family events, and the holidays in between. It makes me sad to think my son won't get to grow up with those kinds of memories of Nana, but we will have pictures for him to look back on and plenty of great stories to keep her memory alive.

Jenny Conner

March 17, 2020

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