Marinel was born on February 15, 1950 to James "Sid" and Mary Lewis in Brady, Texas. She lived the biggest part of her life in Richland Springs with her parents. After that, she lived the next 26 years with her sister, Sharon Ellis, and family in Early.
Marinel was the baby of seven children and never lacked for love and attention. She leaves behind many happy and fun memories with many people, especially her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sid and Mary Lewis; a sister, Dianne Beckendorf; two brothers, Billy Joe Lewis and Glenn Lewis; a brother-in-law, Kent Ellis; and great-niece, Makenna Ellis.
Marinel is survived by her sister, Sharon Ellis, of Early; one brother, Leroy Lewis of Richland Springs; and sister, Rachel Muller, and her husband, Paul, of Burnet; 10 nephews and eight nieces; and many great- nieces and nephews.
Marinel's mother, Mary Lewis, wrote the following prayer, which was printed in the Eye-Witness on October 8, 1959:
"Almighty and merciful God, we who are the parents and friends of the least of your little ones, ask for your guidance and help in our efforts to brighten their lives, that we may become reconciled to their affliction. Grant that we may not despair as those who have no hope, but rather give us the grace to know your wisdom and the courage to accept it nobly."
Graveside services were held March 20, 2008 at the Richland Springs Cemetery with Rev. Bill Dodd officiating.
Funeral services were under the direction of the Howell-Doran Funeral Home in San Saba, Texas. If you were unable to attend the funeral services, you may register online at www.howelldoranfuneralhome.com.