Teresa Louise Hodge Lewis, a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and friend, was welcomed into the arms of her loving Savior on April 14, 2013, after suffering a stroke in the fall of 2012. She was born on November 14, 1953, in Jefferson City, MO.
She is survived by her husband, Steve Lewis. In addition to her husband, Teresa is survived by her children and grandchildren whom she adored; daughter, Shelly Howard and husband Steven; son, Taylor Oxner, and grandson Memphis; and son, Jacob Oxner, and grandson Brayden.
Teresa was preceded in death by her mother Peggy Armstrong and her brother and sister-in-law Bob and Twyla Hodge. She took great joy in her family and stayed close to her father, Gene Hodge and his wife Judith of Rolla, MO; sisters Sherrie Christian and husband Al of Buffalo, MO; Kathy Denham and husband, Johnny of Vacaville, CA; Lynn Fessler and husband, David of Oklahoma City, OK; and brother Steve Hodge and wife Donna of Denison, TX. In addition, she left behind a stepsister, Marsha Light and husband, Charlie; a stepbrother, Michael Cape and wife Julie, plus numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Teresa enjoyed visiting, talking and writing letters to her family. She had a sharp memory and loved to look through old pictures, sharing her memories that maintained her strong family ties. She enjoyed outdoor activities including gardening, fishing, and going on a picnic. She had a generous heart and spirit her whole life, always ready to share when she saw a need. Her legacy is that of the woman found in Proverbs 31:10, "A worthy woman who can find? She is worth far more than rubies." She will be missed by her family and all that knew her.
A celebration of Teresa's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Salem Avenue Baptist Church in Rolla, MO, led by her sister, Kathy Denham and brother-in-law, Al Christian. A time will also be provided for others to share their memories of her. Her body will be cremated and her ashes scattered near the river where she loved to fish.