Laura Mae Lewis, 92, of Atascadero, passed away peacefully Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at a rehabilitation facility in Templeton after a cardiac event. Laura was born in McAllen, Texas on Feb. 15, 1921 to Lon and Ellen Iva (Sutton) Killion. She was the oldest of seven children and helped raise her four sisters and two brothers. Her family moved to Atascadero where she attended Atascadero elementary and high school.
She married William (Bill) Lewis, Aug. 12, 1939 in San Luis Obispo. They were married for 58 years. Bill was a heavy equipment operating engineer who worked on many projects around the central coast while living in Santa Maria. While raising her family, she worked as a dietary nutritionist, hairdresser and caregiver.
In 1973, Bill and Laura purchased land on Toro Creek Road west of Atascadero, and after he retired, they built their home in the Santa Lucia Mountains between Atascadero and Morro Bay. Laura was an avid gardener planting and tending flower and vegetable gardens, grapes and fruit trees. She taught three generations how to make her signature macaroni and cheese, Texas sheet cake and banana cream pie.
She was an amazing woman who taught everyone around her much about life and family and always had a big hug for everyone.
Her family remembers her kind spirit, strong will and loving support, no matter what.
Laura is survived by her two brothers, Lewis (Amelee) Killion of Atascadero and Roy (Shirley) Killion of Oakhurst and two sisters, Grace (Clarence “Buster”) Stinnett of Santa Paula and Lonnie Haberkern of Troy, Ohio, daughter Linda Lee Boyington (Baxter) of Atascadero, Gregory Dean Lewis (Lisa) of Santa Maria, six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
She was preceded in death her son Ronald Lewis; her husband, Bill Lewis; her sisters Marge Herreid and Jean Carroll.
Cremation has taken place and her ashes will be scattered with those of her husband Bill, as they requested. The family will hold a private celebration of Laura and her life.
Laura volunteered for the Meals on Wheels program. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Senior Nutrition Program at
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