Del Lewis

Del Lewis, 80, passed away Aug. 4, 2017 surrounded by family. Delpha Fern Davenport Lewis was born Feb. 4, 1937 to Ira Eugene and Ruth Morene Davenport in Callao, MO. She was very involved in her high school band where she played the clarinet and piano. After high school graduation, she attended Truman University (then-Northeast Missouri State University) where she received a fine arts scholarship – majoring in music and business. Del was a member of the university band as well as several jazz bands. It was at Truman University she met her future husband Dr. CH Lewis. After a whirlwind romance, Del and Claude were married in Kirksville, MO in August 1959. Their first home was in Kirksville where both children were born. After Claude’s completion of residency, the family moved to south Texas eventually putting down roots in Ingleside. Del having a keen eye for fashion obtained her first job in Texas as a buyer and bridal consultant for Lichenstein. Del was a member of the District 8 Auxillary to the Texas Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons and served in multiple board position including president. She was a member of Eastern Star.She was a strong community leader in Ingleside. In 1978 she was appointed to study the need for a home rule charter. In 2000 Del was appointed to serve on the Charter Committee. She was an Ingleside City Council member from 1980 -1983. She was city manager for two terms, 1984 -1988. She served on various boards/committees such Park Board, Budget Committee, Beautification Committee, and Planning & Zoning Commission. She was an excellent promoter of city events such as Roundup Days and the Renaissance Fair. In 1998, Del was appointed to the San Patricio Economic Development Corporation and continued to serve until 2004. She was a life member of the Ingleside Garden Club and served two terms as president. Seeing the need for a community center, she spearheaded the fund raising efforts to build the Ingleside Garden Centers. Del helped organize and structure the first Lions Club. She has the distinct honor of being the first woman member of Ingleside Rotary. She was also very involved in the Ingleside Chamber of Commerce serving in various board positions. One of her many accomplishments was bringing back the historic Ingleside Depot to the city and helping to organize its restoration for use as Chamber offices. She was a member and officer of the USO for many years. Through this organization she worked with the Port of Corpus Christi and the U.S. Navy. Del was very influential in securing the Navy Installation in Ingleside. She was a member of the Home Port Visit Team. Del made two trips to Washington D.C. to lobby for the placement of the Navy Base in Ingleside. Del has the rare honor of a civilian landing on an aircraft carrier in a fighter jet (in the Gulf of Mexico) and had her “tail-hook certification.” Del was also was a local director of Texas War on Drugs, mentoring to South Texas school children through various anti-drug programs. She was elected and served two terms (1982, 1986) as president of the Corpus Christi Chapter of the American Association of University Women. She was a dynamic leader in the CC Branch of AAUW. In 1986, Del was honored by the Branch with a gift in her name to the AAUW Educational Foundation in Washington D.C. During her involvement in community organization she forged strong lifelong friendships. She was a believer in women’s equality in the work force. Del was quick witted and always up for an adventure or challenge. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She will be missed by all of us who had the honor and privilege of knowing her. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband. She is survived by her son Alan Lewis and wife Deborah, and granddaughter Madison; her daughter Vivian Lewis and husband Doug Chapman. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 at Charlie Marshall Funeral Home, Aransas Pass. Online condolences may be made at


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