72-year-old, Alice Marie Sanders Lewis died after she suffered a heart attack resulting in complications thereafter at Sharp Chula Vista Hospital in San Diego, California.
Alice was one of 14 children born to Earl, a Baptist Minister, and Lizzie Bea Sanders in Jefferson, TX, on February 13, 1947.
Alice relished in being a “sophisticated” country girl. She was creative, athletic, intelligent, and beautiful inside and out to boot. Alice was a phenomenal seamstress and home chef. Alice could catch, clean, and cook a fish before most people could pull their cast lines.
Alice attended Central High School in Jefferson, TX. She went to the State of Texas Scholastic League in Math. She shined as an athlete as well. She was a track and basketball star earning a scholarship to Tuskegee University. Her father was too concerned for her safety to allow her to leave Smithland, Texas to travel on the roads that lead from East Texas to the Jim Crow era-Alabama.
She and her family were long-time members of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Jefferson, Texas.
She moved to Houston, Texas, and shortly after, she met the love of her life, Cary James Lewis.
In August 1969, Alice and Cary were united in holy matrimony. Cary, who was once “Sailor of the year,” in the U.S. Navy, retired as a Chief Petty Officer. Before his retirement, the military ushered Alice and Cary throughout the U.S. from place to place, but once they arrived in San Diego, it became their home. In 1982, St. Stephens Church of God In Christ became their church home.
She retired from General Dynamics/BAE Systems. She earned her degree from Imani Kuumba University. She was a superior cook and had a second career as a facility chef at National Crossroads, a home for women transitioning from incarceration. It was also her ministry, she was a devout Christian.
Alice was very dedicated to making the world a better place through the Word of God and politics. She had an activist spirit, she always stood up for the voiceless, and against what she believed to be wrong.
Alice loved to travel, she spent much of her time in retirement going on cruises and traveling to many destinations within the United States, Canada, and Mexico. She loved her children and grandchildren and the thought of leaving them upon her death “made me cry,” she said, while in the hospital.
She leaves to cherish her memories her children, Umeka Lewis Piccolo (Normon), Cary James Lewis, Jr. and Denetra Farinas (Michael); grandchildren, Carlton Thomas, Carmeisha Thomas, Makaylen Farinas, Dayani Farinas, Cary James Lewis, III, Diamante Jada Lewis, Michael Farinas Jr., Cevina Lewis, and Havana Farinas; great-grandchild, King Arthur Johnson., in addition to siblings, Samuel Sanders, Beatrice Valentine, William Sanders (Thelma), Willie Mae Justice (Uran), Horace Sanders, Milton Sanders, Christene Blackshires, Kenneth Sanders (Gene), Carolyn Sanders, nieces, nephews, and sister-in-law, Betty Williams, along with her many church family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her siblings, Pecora, Paralee, Dorothy, Oree, and “little brother”; and nieces, Barbara Sanders, Audrey Sims, and Lashawn Smith.
Alice’s final resting place is at Mt. Hope Cemetery with her late husband, USN Chief Cary J Lewis, Sr. She’ll be forever loved!
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