Obituary and Service Information for Gwen A Lewis

Lewis, Gwen A

Date: Friday, September 4, 2020
Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Visitation Location:
DeSoto High School Gymnasium

Date: Saturday, September 5, 2020
Time: 10:00 am Mass

Service Location:
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church

Woodlawn Cemetery, DeSoto

The DeSoto Railroad Employees Memorial

Gwen A Lewis age 79 of DeSoto, Missouri, passed away Monday August 31, 2020 at her home. She was born on March 3, 1941 in DeSoto, Missouri the daughter of the late Dwight Taft and Ruth Maness.

Gwen dedicated her professional life to Public Education as a Teacher, Coach, Principal and School Board Member. She was a life-long resident of DeSoto and was a charter board member and past president of the DeSoto Railroad Employees’ Memorial. She was a long-time and faithful member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and a huge contributor and proponent of “All Things DeSoto”. She loved her community and her people.

Gwen is survived by her good friend, Debbie Wilson of DeSoto, Missouri; dear cousins Martha Lewis (Bernard) Ketcherside of DeSoto, Missouri, Dick (Barb) Lewis of DeSoto, Missouri and Faye Lewis Pashia of Maryland Heights, Missouri; nephew Jeffrey (Jodi Christopher) Lewis of DeSoto, Missouri, great nephew Brandon Lewis; many beloved Taft relatives, including Jeff, Justin, Kelsie and Joyce of California, JaneAnn of Kansas City, Joyce, Nick and family of New England.

Preceded in death by her father Dwight Taft, mother Ruth Maness Lewis Beatte and step-father Earl “Lank” Lewis; step-brother Joseph “Cornie” and his late wife Blanche Lewis; half-brother Brian Taft; dear cousins Lavon Lewis Tinker, Tommy Lewis, Charles “Muggs” Lewis, Gregory “Scottie” Lewis, and Walter “Butch” Lewis.

Visitation will be held on Friday, September 4, 2020 from 3 pm to 6 pm at the DeSoto High School Gymnasium 815 AMVETS Drive, Desoto, Missouri 63020. Following the visitation, a prayer service will be held at 6 pm followed by eulogies by friends and family. The funeral procession will depart from Mahn Funeral Home at 9:30 am Saturday morning for a 10 am Mass of Christian Burial at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in DeSoto. In lieu of flowers, memorials, if desired may be made to The Desoto Railroad Employees Memorial.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Mahn Funeral Home, DeSoto, Missouri. Condolences may be sent online to


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