Life Story / Obituary
“In peace and with a tranquil heart, I will both lie down and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety and confident trust.” Psalm 4:5
Greenella “Gwen” aka “Honie” M. McWhorter-Lewis earned her heavenly wings March 13, 2020.
Gwen was born in Blue Springs, MS on October 27, 1935 to the late Daniel & Luella McWhorter. She was an excellent basketball player for which she received a scholarship. Gwen left the South in her late teens and headed North for better opportunities; she settled in Racine, WI. She found a job at High Ridge Hospital, where she worked until she retired. She loved Jesus; she was appointed on the Mothers Board at Second Missionary Baptist Church. Gwen loved to watch football and basketball; she loved talking to family and friends. Gwen was very active in church until she could no longer participate. Her joy were her grandchildren & great grandchildren.
Gwen leaves to cherish her memories: four daughters, Monique “Neeke” McWhorter-Adams of Lake County, IL; Michelle “Shell” Lewis-Phillips of Dallas, TX; Morona “Ronna” Leigh Lewis of Fort Worth, TX; Delnita “Dee” Lewis of Milwaukee, WI; grandchildren, London Eddie Payne-Phillips of Phoenix, AZ; Vontel Peet of Fort Worth, TX; Phaheem Henderson of Racine, WI; Monterious Rozell Visor of Waukesha, WI; Debrina Rockett of Milwaukee, WI; Alexis (Lexy) DeShel Simpson of Fort Worth, TX; three great granddaughters and six great grandsons. Her loving sisters and brothers, Jeff (Treva) McWhorter; William “Boo Man” McWhorter; Maryon (Lawrence) Mack; Jennie Johnson; Tammie McWhorter all of Racine, WI; Geraldine (Jack) Hattix; Webster B. "Dank" McWhorter of Blue Springs, MS; sisters-in-law, Corene McWhorter and Dorothy McWhorter; brother-in-law Donnie Bostick; her road dog growing up, cousin Varnell (Nee: Banks) Williamson; her best friend Mary A. Taylor; a plethora of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and a host of good friends and “adopted” children,
Gwen was preceded in death by her loving parents, Daniel and Luella (Nee: Banks) McWhorter; three sisters, Irma Stone , Sherry Denise McWhorter, and Helen Bostick; four brothers, James, Lester "Brit", Jimmie D., W.C. "Mack" McWhorter; and her beloved son Glenn R. Henderson.
Gwen Lewis was a woman of grace, poise, dignity, class & courage. She was kind to everyone she met. She had a beautiful and loving spirit. She was courageous til the end; she was the original “G.” She will be missed. RIP Queen.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home Saturday, March 21, 2020, 10:30 a.m. until time of service at 11am. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery.
Please note: Due to the Health Crisis the Governor has limited gatherings to 10 people.
In keeping with this mandate those who would like to view may do so also on Friday at the funeral home in limited numbers from 2-6 pm
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