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Annie Mae Loving-Lewis

Memorial for Annie Mae Loving-Lewis

Born in Ledbetter, Texas on Apr. 18, 1924
Departed on Oct. 10, 2009 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Friday, Oct. 16, 2009
09:00 am
Service: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009
12 pm
Cemetery: Cook Walden Capital Parks
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Annie Mae Loving-Lewis was born April 18, 1924 on the “Loving's” family farm to Melvin and Mary Townsend-Loving in the community of Ledbetter, Texas (or Giddings, Texas). She was perceived to have been somewhat bossy and opinionated, maybe that was because she was the second eldest of her generation of John and Alice Daniels-Loving’s grandchildren. In addition to her parents’ influence (Christianity) was her grandmother who was for many years, the Mother of the church (Triumph Missionary Baptist Church) in Ledbetter, Texas. Annie Mae’s grandfather, John Loving, Sr., local businessman (cattle, timber, etc.) occasionally employed her to assist with his books. She was very proud of this experience.

Edward R. Lewis of Globe Hill, Texas was to be the father of their six children, Eddie, Bernice, Marvin (or Mike, deceased), Clarence (deceased), Gracie, and Kenneth. Upon Edward’s return from Europe (WWII), they lived and worked on the “Loving’s” farm until they moved to Austin, Texas in the late 40’s. Family (immediate and extended) was very import to Annie Mae. In the mid 50’s, Annie Mae and her best friend Geraldine drove all the way to West Texas (Odessa) to bring her brother Melvin Loving, Jr. to Austin. Melvin (affectionately called “Boy”) was a veteran of the Korean War. He was shell-shocked, however with faith and courage she faced the challenge of guardianship of her emotional and psychologically challenged brother for many years, until her mother (Mary) moved to Austin. Sis. Lewis taught Sunday School at the Ebenezer Extension Division off the Booker T. Washington Terrace (Projects) where she and her family resided for a period of time. When Sis. Lewis joined Ebenezer in the mid sixties and because of her love of music she joined the Gospel Choir under the direction of Madelyn Strong. She led such songs as “We Are Soldiers in the Army”, also “I’m on the Battlefield For My Lord”, etc. This part of Sis. Lewis’ journey brought much happiness, inspiration and joy. Prayer was integral, very important to her struggle. Very seldom did she miss Prayer Service on Wednesday evenings at the church.

Yes, family was a priority to Sis. Lewis. Her uncle Jessie (Jake) Loving founded the Loving’s Family Reunion on his ranch in Giddings, Texas. Sis. Lewis looked forward to the family reunion and the “Homecoming” annually. Ironically, the Loving’s family reunion was on October 10, 2009, and Sis. Lewis made the transition (or passing) early (between3-4 a.m.) that Saturday morning, but her spirit was very present, because Maud Loving announced it during the event. So, yes, she was still in attendance for this annual event.

Another happy period for Sis. Lewis, until she wasn’t able to participate, was the Eastern Stars, the Mt. Olive Chapter of the St. Joseph Grand Lodge. Many Loving women were and are Eastern Stars.

Annie Mae Loving-Lewis departed this life October 10, 2009. She leaves to mourn and celebrate her life’s journey, children Eddie, Bernice, Gracie and Kenneth Lewis, all of Austin, Texas; grandchildren Alfie, Tanyaneaka, Rashaanne, Brian, Lydrea, Erica, Marvin (Bo), and Kenneth; 12 great grandchildren; brother, Ernest Loving; sister, Erma Jean McClarty of Fort Worth, Texas; aunts Mrs. Blanche Loving-Pennicks of San Antonio, Texas; and numerous other relatives and extended family.

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