Violet E. Shaner Lewis

Nov 30, 2012 Staff

Violet E. Shaner Lewis, of Riverton, beloved wife, sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, great-great-great-grandmother and friend, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at the Help for Health Hospice Home. She was 100 years old.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Davis Funeral Home. The services will be conducted by Mrs. Lewis's granddaughter and her husband, Connie and Scott LaLacheur. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Violet Elizabeth Shaner Lewis was born Oct. 13, 1912, in Bartlett, Neb., the daughter of Earl Raymond Shaner and Minnie Stromp Shaner.

She married the love of her life, Henry Hugh Lewis, on April 25, 1932, in Harrisburg, Neb. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Riverton where they made their life together.

Mrs. Lewis was a charter member of the Fremont County Cowbelles and Arapahoe Homemakers for 66 years, a leader of the 8 1/2 4-H Club for several years, a member of Arapahoe Grange, and was the recipient of the 1974 Fremont County Outstanding Service to the Agriculture Community award (an award her husband received in 1970).

Her family said she was an excellent homemaker and an amazing tractor driver, and she loved to dance. All of her grandchildren have great memories of dancing with her at Svilars in Hudson. She was a tireless worker and her family cannot talk about her for long before her famous fried chicken is mentioned. They said she was loving and accepting of all who crossed her path, and her home was always open to everyone.

She is survived by her sister, Donna Tooley; daughter Reva Walters and her husband Hank; son Max Lewis and his wife Rita; son-in-law John Bennett; 12 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; and two great-great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry; daughter Eldeen Bennett; grandson Russell Hall; parents Minnie and Earl; brothers Donald and Melvin Shaner; and sister Geraldine Jones.

The family would like to thank all of the staff at both the Help for Health Hospice Home and the Homestead Living Center for the kindness and compassionate care they provided Mrs. Lewis over the past several years.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Help for Health Hospice Home.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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