M. Frances Lewis, 82, homemaker and church cook

June 07, 2006

M. Frances Lewis, a homemaker and church cook, died of respiratory failure May 30 at her Fallston home. She was 82.

Born in Baltimore, Mabel Frances McCorkle never used her first name, her family said. She was raised on Gorsuch Avenue and was a 1941 graduate of Eastern High School. During World War II, she was a secretary at Fort Holabird.

Mrs. Lewis, who had lived in Fallston for more than 50 years, was a packaging manager from 1975 to 1985 for Laurelbrook Natural Food Co. in Bel Air.

Her husband of 45 years, Elmer T. Lewis, a Westinghouse logistics engineer, died in 1992.

Mrs. Lewis was a longtime member and volunteer cook at Union Chapel United Methodist Church in Joppa, where her funeral service was held Saturday.

"She loved to cook and prepare meals for people who were needy or sick. If she heard of a needy family, she'd make up care packages of clothes and medicine," said her daughter, Robin F. Lewis of Fallston.

"She also liked cooking for relatives, friends and senior citizens, and one of her favorite dishes was sticky buns."

Also surviving are a son, Matthew D. Lewis of Goodfield, Ill.; and two grandchildren.

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