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Mary Virginia "Jenny" Lewis

January 26, 1943 — March 19, 2023

Mary Virginia "Jenny" Lewis

Mary Virginia “Jenny” Lewis, 80, of Owensboro passed away Sunday, March 19, 2023, at her home with her family by her side. The Cincinnati, Ohio native was born January 26, 1943, to the late Henry Byron Collins Sr. and Dorothy Green Collins. Jenny received her BA degree in History from Morehead State University and her MA degree in Education from Miami University in Ohio. She worked as a high school librarian in Mt. Orab, Ohio for 43 years before retiring in 2007. Jenny had a love for history, theater, and travel, especially National Parks, and she passed that on to her family as they traveled together across the country. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and enjoyed cross stitch and reading. Jenny was a fighter and a 20-year breast cancer survivor.


In addition to her parents, Jenny also was preceded in death by her nephew-in-law, Dale Carpenter, and great nephew, Zackery Guinn.


Those left to cherish her memory include her sister, Mereda Hicks and husband, Ronnie of Owensboro; brother, Henry Collins Jr. and wife Linda of West Liberty; numerous nieces who were like her children, Renee Hicks Guinn (Jeremy), Tracey Hicks Dawahare (Brian), Lucinda Collins (Missy), Susie Carpenter, and Ginifer Combs Swofford (Chris); great nieces and nephews, Dalton, Dillon, Emma, Ally, Tyler, Bella, Holt, Tucker, Charlie, and Nash.


Services in Ohio are pending. Care by Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory.


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