Mary Carol (Jackson) Lewis, 85, died peacefully on January 31 surrounded by her family. Mary Carol, who was known as ‘Mac’ to friends and familiy, was a breast cancer survivor and, in recent years, suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease.
All who knew Mac loved her and the feeling was always mutual. She will be remembered as a kind, warm and caring person. Her subtle humor, positive attitude and sweet laugh will be forever missed.
Mac was born in Ely, Nevada on May 22, 1936 to Harold and Mary Jackson. After attending East Ely grade school, she graduated from White Pine County High School in 1954. In addition to her involvement in a number of committees and organizations, Mac also served as the State of Nevada’s Grand Worthy Advisor for the International Order of Rainbow for Girls.
After high school, she set off for Reno where she attended the University of Nevada. While at UNR, Mac was a member of several organizations including the Student Union Committee, Panhellenic Council and Delta Delta Delta sorority, holding the office of President in her Senior year. She graduated in 1958 with a degree in Elementary Education and taught at Stead, Greebrae and Veterans Memorial Elementary School before leaving teaching to raise a family.
In 1959, she married the love of her life, Bob Lewis, to whom she was married for 63 years. Mac and Bob made their home in Reno and raised two wonderful daughters. From the wine regions of France to the jungle zip lines of Costa Rica, Mac and Bob shared so many adventures travelling the world together and with many of their dearest friends.
In addition to being a loving wife and mother, Mac became a volunteer librarian at Roy Gomm Elementary School in 1971 and soon became a paid part-time librarian, then the full-time librarian. She loved working at the school and later became the secretary, a position she loved and held until her retirement in September 1996. Being a part of Roy Gomm School was a cornerstone of Mac’s adult life and something she was very proud of and took joy in every day.
Mac is preceded in death by her parents Mary and Harold Jackson, her brother Robert Jackson and her two sisters, Barbara Laveaga (Vince) and Peggy Conner (Arland).
She is survived by her loving husband Bob, daughters Pamela Duxbury (Neil) and Susan Murphey as well as five beautiful granddaughters of whom she was so proud: Samantha Duxbury, Nicole Smith (Joe), Sarah Duxbury, Kathryne Murphey, and Abigail Murphey as well as several cousins, neices and a nephew.
The Lewis family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Brookdale Reno as well as Kindred Hospice Care for their love, compassion, professionalism and kindness.
A celebration will be held in Mac’s honor at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 at The Club at ArrowCreek, 2905 Arrowcreek Pkwy in South Reno. In lieu of flowers, those that loved Mac may donate to a fund that has been established in her name at Roy Gomm Elementary School in Reno.