FORT WORTH – Still a mother and caretaker to family and friends, Eloice Lively Lewis returned home to be with Jesus on January 4, 2022, after a long battle with cancer. She was faithfully cared for by her children at home until her death.
Eloice was born to Claude and Elsie Lively on November 4, 1934 in Stidham, Oklahoma. When she was 3, after losing their farm in the “Dust Bowl”, her family made the long journey to Modesto, California, to find work and be among the family that came before them.
Eloice grew up in Modesto among many uncles, aunts and cousins ââand graduated from Modesto High School in June 1952. She soon moved to Jasper, Texas where she met her husband, James Otis Lewis, Jr. During their 54 years of marriage, they raised 4 children and a nephew. Eloice and Jim lived in Longview, Texas, from their marriage in 1955 until 1977 when they moved to Vilonia, Arkansas. They returned to their family home in Longview in 1984. A few years after Jim’s death, Eloice moved to Fort Worth to be closer to her children.
Eloice was a fierce woman – strong, passionate and at her best when helping others. At a young age, he was given the responsibility of helping to raise his younger brother and take care of the household while his parents and older siblings worked. An older teenager, she handled household chores while working in the fields or in one of Modesto’s many canneries. She continued to be a responsible person all her life. Eloice was a person many sought physical, emotional and / or spiritual support. She was a “super mom” before that term was popular. She sewed clothes for her children (her daughters had the nicest Barbie clothes), took them to various events and activities, took her family to church where she taught Sunday school, cooked, cleaned and does some gardening work. She had an open door policy for others and welcomed many into her home and treated them like family. Many of the children she taught Sunday School for 23 years at Mobberly Ave Church of Christ still fondly remember her. His unwavering faith and hands-on approach to life instilled a strong work ethic and love for Heavenly Father in his children.
After her last child left home, Eloice got her real estate license and worked as a real estate agent for several years. She was very interested and successful in real estate investments, starting in Arkansas with her first rental home, then several homes and rental properties in Austin, partnering with her husband Jim and daughter Denise. She was quite a savvy real estate investor.
She was known to have an incredible memory, a sharp wit, and a broad intelligence. She could tell stories and remember very detailed conversations dating back to her childhood. She was an avid reader, not only of the Bible but also of history. One of his favorite books was Love Is a Wild Assault by Elithe H. Kirkland, a historical novel about the East Texas region and the birth of the Republic of Texas.
Ãloice loved people. She has made friends easily wherever she is and has developed quick and lasting bonds over many miles, years, and technology. Eloice was an avid learner and impressed her grandchildren with her ability to browse the internet from her iPhone, researching anything that interested her.
Eloice loved the Lord. She studied the Bible, studied it every day, and was always ready to discuss the things she had learned from it. She was very passionate about her faith and its greater importance in her life. Her greatest desire at the end of her life was for her children to be happy but above all for them to have a solid relationship with God.
Eloice was predeceased by her, her husband James Otis Lewis, Jr. and her brothers Don Lively and Robert Lively and the beloved dog Sport. She is survived by her children Loree Eubank, Jeri Lewis, Jim Lewis and Denise Lewis, her nephew Ron Phillips, her “adopted” daughter Carol Laux, her beloved furry baby Stewart, her sister Geri Phillips, her sister-in-law. Carol Lively, grandchildren Erin Hebert, James Lewis, Emileigh Lewis, Briana Collins and Joshua Lewis, great grandchildren Nolan Lewis and Ryelynn Hebert and a host of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
A 10:00 am visitation and 11:00 am funeral services will be held on Saturday January 15, 2022 at Lakeview Funeral Home, 5000 W. Harrison Rd Longview, TX 75604. Internment will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens.