Minetta Jewelle Lewis


Minetta Jewelle Lewis, 89, of Lost Creek, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday morning, November 13, 2022. She passed at Country Living Private Care Home in Jane Lew, where she was living under the loving care of Sherry Sellers.

Minetta was born on May 27, 1933, near Peel Tree, W.Va., the ninth of 11 children to the late Averill “Ray” White and Ethel Jemima Cutright White. 

In addition to her parents, Minetta was preceded in death by one son-in-law, Jefferey V. Zickefoose; four brothers and their spouses: Archie White and wife, Deeds, George White and wife, Ellen, Ross White, and Alan “Scott” White and wife, Barbara; five sisters and their spouses: Eugenia Benson and husband, Joe, Isabelle Nutter and husband, David, Izola Marple and husband, “Red,” Izetta Lynch and husband, Howard, and Shirley Stewart and husband, Gordan; and several nieces and nephews.

On December 30, 1951, Minetta married Wayne R. Lewis. Their devotion to one another was a testament of their faith and they shared the joys of life and each other for over 70 years. He will miss her dearly.

Forever cherishing their memories of Minetta are her husband, Wayne R. Lewis, of Lost Creek; the couple’s five children: Charlotte A. Moses and husband, Michael, of Lost Creek, Marsha K. Templin and husband, Steven, of Lancaster, Ohio, Lynelle M. Zickefoose, of Buckhannon, Wayne S. Lewis, of Johnstown, and Michelle R. Lewis, of Winchester, VA; eight grandchildren: Adam L. Kwiatkowski and wife, Christa, Kara M. Winnell and husband, Nate, Judd S. Templin and wife, Jessica, Clayton L. Templin and wife, Heather, Brock A. Templin and wife, Megan, Parker J. Templin and wife, Estefania, Emily K. McCord and husband, Tyson, and April M. Fitzgerald and husband, Brent; 15 great-grandchildren: Kaylie Kwiatkowski, Hayden and Dori Winnell, Jefferson, Vivian, Cecilia and Sullivan Templin, Elijah, Savannah and Sierra Templin, Scarlett and Cash Templin, and Seton, Beckett and Evryn McCord; one brother, Curtis White and wife, Thelma, of the homestead near Peel Tree; one sister-in-law, Virginia “Ginny” White, of Buckhannon; and several nieces and nephews.

Minetta attended Peel Tree Elementary School, graduated from Buckhannon High School and attended W.Va. Wesleyan College for seven semesters. She loved the Lord and was a faithful member of the Rockford United Methodist Church, where she and her children attended the small one-room church for many years. Minetta served on many church committees over the years and was a member and officer in the United Methodist Women. 

She cared for her home and when the family moved to the Lewis farm, she was always planting flowers and making home improvements. Minetta helped her father-in-law with putting up drywall, painting and papering many rooms over the years. She even painted the outside of the huge white farmhouse all by herself one summer. In the late 70s, Minetta took a job with the U.S. Postal Service where she worked mainly at the Clarksburg office keying zip codes into the letter sorting machine for mail going all over the state and country. She was a great cook and hostess and saw her five children through school, 4-H and life in general. She was the rock of the family and will be greatly missed by all who loved and cared for her.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rockford Cemetery Fund, c/o Fred Law, 1117 Blue Lick Rd., Lost Creek, W.Va. 26385.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service, located at 144 Hackers Creek Rd, in Jane Lew, W.Va., from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2022. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. in the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Darrel Gooden officiating. Interment will follow at the Rockford UMC Cemetery in Rockford, W.Va.

We, at Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service, are honored and privileged to serve the family of Minetta Jewell Lewis. Online condolences may be expressed at www.PatBoyleFuneralHome.com.

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