On December 12, 1917, in Hamburg, Iowa, Emet and Viola (Starnes) Lewis welcomed a daughter, Mista Lena, into the world. Mista lived a full life of 101 years, entering into eternal peace on December 27, 2018, at Community Hospital-Fairfax in Fairfax, Missouri.
Mista attended school in Bingham and Coin. She was united in marriage to Elmer Harms and the couple later divorced. During World War II, Mista worked in an aircraft factory painting the numbers on the planes headed to war. She later worked in various homes, assisting her clients with their daily needs. She was a woman of simple means, who would share with you the last crumb of bread. She always wanted to give.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Dorothy Alvis, Dollita Johnston, Delouise Pitner, Lavaun Hanesworth, and Evelyn Shepherd; and brother, E.L. Lewis. Those left to cherish her memory are her sister, Nedra Griffith of Kansas City; six nieces; six nephews; many great-nieces and nephews; other relatives; and nursing home staff and friends.
Funeral services were held Monday, December 31, 2018, at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah, Iowa, with Pastor Rick Sleyster officiating. Burial followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Pleasant View Nursing Home in Rock Port, Missouri.