Martha “Carroll” Smith Lewis, 88

Martha “Carroll” Smith Lewis, 88, of Roseville, Calif., passed away peacefully Sunday, March 9.

Born Dec. 9, 1925, in Rockville, Ind., to William F. and Catherine M. Smith, she was the eldest of two children. As the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, she and her family moved several times to Kentucky and Tennessee.

After high school she attended Western College for Women and Columbia University, graduating with a degree in occupational therapy.

While working in Savannah, Ga., she met and married John G. Lewis. Upon completion of John’s M.S. in Nuclear Physics at Emory University, they moved to the greater Washington D.C. area in the early 1950s and began their family.

Twenty-five years later Carroll and her family moved to Pacific Palisades.

Through the years Carroll and John moved to Aptos, Auburn, Marina del Rey and finally Roseville.

Carroll was a stay-at-home mom but she did eventually return to work in the early 1970s as an occupational therapist in Washington D.C. at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital and in several other health centers of the greater Los Angeles area.

Carroll also enjoyed volunteering as a docent in state parks along the California coast. In her spare time one could find Carroll quilting and creating beautiful textile arts, as well as volunteering and supporting many human rights causes.

Carroll is preceded in death by her husband of 63 years by two weeks. Although sudden, Carroll and John were together for everything and the family is comforted that they are together again.

Carroll is survived by her three children Stacy (and Dr. Christian) of Beziers, France; Scott (and Janette) Lewis of Austin, Texas; and Stuart (and Amy) Lewis of Auburn, Calif.; and their families, including grandchildren Joshua Lewis, Dr. Mark Parahy, Bryan Parahy, Kaitlin Lewis, Emilianne Lewis, Analiese Lewis, Eric (and Christi) Williams, Thomas (and Evelyn) Delaney and Jennifer (and Joel) Aguilar; and great grandchildren Taylor, Cameron, Owen and Hannah.

Carroll and John will be inurned together in the Miramar National Cemetery near La Jolla, Calif., – their favorite spot in paradise.