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Mary Ann Lewis, RN, DNS, age 84, a life-long resident of St. Paul, passed away Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Waldron Health & Rehab Center.
Born May 24, 1933 in St. Paul, she was the daughter of Charles "Jack" Lewis and Mary Prudence "Prudy" (LaBarbera) Lewis. She is survived by her sister Sylvia Lewis, brother Charles Lewis (wife Trudy), foster daughter Lydia Cisco, nieces Anna Thomas (husband Dan), Dawn Lewis, Sylvia Favors (husband Harvey), nephews Todd Lewis (wife Katrina), Tony Lewis, Dan Lewis, Mark Lewis, Stephen Lewis (wife Brenda), and sister- in-law Herta Lewis. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Richard "Tony" Lewis, and John Lewis.
Mary Ann graduated from St. Paul High School in 1951, St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing in 1954, received her Bachelors in Nursing from Marillac College in 1959, Masters in Education, Butler University in 1972, and received her Doctorate of Nursing Science, Indiana University in 1986.
Ms. Lewis had served as Director of Nursing at WS Major Hospital, Diabetic Care Coordinator at Community Hospitals in Indianapolis, Director of Staff Development at Community Hospitals, First Director Marian College Nursing Program, and Chair of the Associates of Science Nursing Program, Ivy Tech Community College.
Mary Ann served many years as catechist at St. Paul Catholic Church and St. Vincent Catholic Church. She served on the advisory board for J.E. Light Career Center and Marion County Mental Health Association. She was a member of Religious Order of Daughters of Charity, and received Indiana Heath Careers-Good Samaritan Award, and Sertoma Club-Service To Mankind Award.
Faith, education, and nursing were Mary Ann's passions. She impacted many lives by encouraging students to pursue higher education, and helping them to achieve it.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am Friday, January 19, 2018 at St. Vincent Catholic Church, 4218 E. Michigan Road, with Rev. Paul Landwerlen officiating. Visitation will be Friday morning from 9:30 am until 10:30 am at Glenn E. George Funeral Home, 106 E. Franklin St., St. Paul. Burial will be in St. Vincent Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorial contributions be made for a nursing scholarship in her honor to the following: Ivy Tech Foundation, attn: Development Office/ M A Lewis Scholarship, 50 W. Fall Creek Parkway, North Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208.
Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.net.
Published on January 16, 2018
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