Ann passed away Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the Golden Living Center in O’Neill.
Anna Mae Lewis (Ann) was born December 14, 1923 to Guy & Anna (Heiden) Lewis at their home near Paxton, SD. She was the 5th of six children. She attended Sioux Valley School District #35 through the eighth grade. She walked 1-1/2 miles each day to school. She loved to ride horses so her dad bought the children a Shetland pony.
Ann said she was never afraid of work & as a child her chores were carrying fire wood, cow chips & gathering cobs from the pig pen. She, along with her siblings, helped her mom bake & wallpaper. Ann learned to sew from her mom & made a lot of her own dresses. She learned to crochet from her mom. She crocheted many afghans for her children & grandchildren.
Ann met Vernon Jamison in 1939. They married on January 6, 1943 at the United Methodist Church in Springview, NE. Vernon was home on leave from the Army. The couple moved to where Vernon was stationed at Camp Blanding, Fl. then on to Camp Robinson, AR. While at this base their daughter Ruth was born in 1944.
In 1945 while stationed at Fort Sill, OK, Vernon received orders to go to Germany during World War II, Ann moved with their daughter Ruth to her parents’ home.
Following the war, in 1946 Vernon returned from Germany & the family moved to the farm north of Wewela, SD. Here they farmed, ranched & milked cows. While living there four children were born: Bob, Barbara, John & Carol. Ann was an active member of the Do-A-Deed Ladies Aid. Summer-time was busy for her with several large gardens to tend & canning / preserving produce for winter meals.
The couple sold the farm in 1973. They moved to Winner, SD. prior to settling in O’Neill, NE. in 1975. While in O’Neill Ann briefly worked at Tielke’s Sandwiches & sold Tupperware. She was the unofficial Secretary of the Shamrock Ringers Horseshoe Club. She enjoyed crossword & word search puzzles. The majority of her time was spent, canning, baking, & making her famous refrigerator pickles or chicken & noodles. Her passion was crocheting, as shown by the many blankets & afghans that were made for her children & grandchildren. She enjoyed making things for her family. She was an avid card player, especially Pitch, which was played at every family gathering. She loved & was well-loved by her family.