Dorothy Crowder Lewis


Mrs. Dorothy Crowder Lewis, 83, of Saxis, passed away Sept. 29, 2019, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Md.

Mrs. Lewis was born March 1, 1936, in Chesterfield County, Va., the daughter of the late Walter Edwin Cordle and Lillie Louise Oakley Cordle.

She was predeceased by her parents; her first husband of 29 years, William R. Crowder Jr.; her second husband of 20 years, H.B. Lewis; and a sister, Betty Jarrett.

Mrs. Lewis is survived by her sons, William Crowder III (Lorna) and Michael B. Crowder (Terri); three granddaughters, Rachel Crowder Crouch, Savannah Crowder Ourednik (Rudy), and Marin Crowder (Sam Edwards); two great-granddaughters, Grace and Addie Crouch; and step-grandchildren, Katelynn Linton, Rachel Fisher, and Scott Fisher. Mrs. Lewis is also survived by her sister, Nancy Cumbea, and close friend, Jean Outten Petitt.

Mrs. Lewis was a graduate of Manchester High School, Chesterfield County, Va., and The Pan American School of Business in Richmond, Va. She worked as a housewife, a school crossing guard, and government administrative assistant for many years in Richmond, Washington D.C., and Accomack County.

Mrs. Lewis would want to be remembered as a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. Her friends were dear to her. She was an avid reader and greatly loved the ocean and walking on the beach. In her 80’s, she began painting lessons and enjoyed working with oil paints. She traveled extensively, which she loved. Mrs. Lewis was a five-year survivor of inflammatory breast cancer and remained independent throughout her care and treatments.

The family would like to thank the community of Saxis, Va., for their support to our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, in particular, Maxine McCready, Debbie Hohman and Sherrie Lewis, who were of assistance to her as she managed her cancer care. The family expresses a warm thank you to Jean Outten Pettit, Ellie and Bill Payne, and Anne Martin, who were of extraordinary support to her through the last year. Our heartfelt love goes to her sister, Nancy Cumbea, who stayed with her throughout her stay at Coastal Hospice.

At her request, Mrs. Lewis will be cremated. The family will have a private service at a later date. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

Arrangements were made by the Thornton Funeral Home in Parksley. To sign the guestbook,

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