Funeral services for Mayrene Lewis, longtime Valliant resident, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 at Watermill Freewill Baptist Church in Valliant. Mayrene passed away Oct. 10, 2020, at the age of 91.
Mayrene Ellen Lewis was born Sept. 25, 1929 in Sobol, Okla., the daughter of Carl Edgar Speck and Dora Mae (Hudson) Speck and had lived most of her life in the Valliant area. She married Gene Lewis on July 13, 1947 in DeQueen, Ark. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, four brothers: Ray Speck, Dennis Speck, Malcolm Speck and James Speck; also two sisters: Lena Bowen and Nadine Speck.
Mayrene loved the 4L Ranch that she and her husband, Gene owned and operated for many years. She worked right along beside him, always doing what needed to be done. Mayrene was an excellent cook and loved cooking Sunday dinners at the 4L. She also baked wedding and birthday cakes for the public in her spare time. Mayrene was a volunteer at numerous nursing homes and she enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Mayrene became a McCurtain County weather collector for the National Weather Service in the early 1970s, sending in precipitation reports daily. A National Weather Service official came from Shreveport, La., to Valliant in 1998 to personally salute Mayrene with a 25-year service award and again in 2007 for 40 years.
Mayrene loved her family and especially enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the Watermill Freew Baptist Church since 1956.
Survivors include: her son, Keith Lewis of Valliant; her daughter, Marqueta Stonebarger and husband of Idabel, Okla.; four grandchildren; brother, Frank Speck of Sweet Home, Ore., and her twin sister, Fayrene Anderson of Valliant, along with many other relatives and friends.
Interment followed the service at Valliant Cemetery with Bro. Bob Stuart officiating, under the direction of Miller & Miller Funeral Home.