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Charlene L. Lewis
March 1943 May 2011
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Charlene Lewis (Carter), 68 , of Turlock, passed away in her home, surrounded by friends and family on Sunday, May 15.

Charlene was born in a small home in Gore, Okla., to parents Irene Moss and Albert Carter. The family relocated to California in 1944 in search of a better life and, not unlike the Steinbeck Novel “The Grapes of Wrath,” followed the migrant trail picking fruit and produce before finally settling in Delhi where Charlene attended Delhi and Livingston schools, until she graduated from Livingston High in 1961.

She had many fond memories of her days at Livingston High School and was an avid volunteer for subsequent class reunions.

Charlene married John L. (Pete) Lewis Jr. in 1966. As the wife of a CDF employee, the family moved up and down California approximately 19 times. As a result, she held a myriad of positions ranging from a dress shop attendant to working under cover for the BAR.

Though always a conscientious and well-liked employee, she always felt her primary responsibility was that of a wife to Pete and mother to daughter, Tyra, and was a true “homemaker” in every since of the word.

Charlene is survived by daughter, Tyra Lewis; two dearly beloved granddaughters, Elizabeth and Marie; sisters, Pearly Lewis of Oregon and Betty Nix and Mona Rocha, both of Turlock; and brother, Leonard Carter of Winton.

Viewing will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 at Allen Mortuary. A graveside service will follow at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20 at Turlock Memorial Park.

Please make remembrances to Hospice of Emanuel, 825 Delbon Ave., Turlock, CA 95382.

Allen Mortuary is entrusted with the arrangements;  please share your condolences at