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Lovena Sensing Lewter passed away peacefully Tuesday January 16, 2018 in her home at FountainBrook Assisted Living in Midwest City, OK. Although she is gone her memory will live on through those who knew and loved her. Lovena was born in Charlotte, Tennessee in Dickson County January 15, 1923 to Wiley and Virginia Sensing. Lovena is preceded in death by husband William H. Lewter, son Stanley Lewter, and three brothers and four sisters. She is survived by two sisters Bertha Matlock and Dora Garrett, her devoted daughter Roxanne Shimp and husband Rick. She is also survived by two grandchildren; Ryan Shimp and Rachel Ross and husband Don, six great grandchildren, and three great, great grandchildren.
Friends and family are invited to a visitation on Friday January 19, 2018 from 4-8pm and funeral service Saturday January 20, 2018 2pm at Eisenhour Funeral Home 5005 SE 29th St. Del City, OK. To honor Lovena's giving heart the family is asking donations be made to the food pantry at Del City Church of Christ 1901 Vickie Dr. Del City, OK 73115 in lieu of flowers.

Lovena Sensing Lewter, age 95, passed away Tuesday January 16, 2018 at her home at Fountainbrook Assisted Living in Midwest City, Oklahoma. She was born on January 15, 1923 in Charlotte, Tennessee Dickson county to Wiley and Virgina Sensing. Preceded in death by her husband William and son Stanley Lewter, three brothers and four sisters. Survived by two sisters Bertha Matlock and Dora Garrett, her devoted daughter Roxanne Shimp and husband Rick. She is also survived by two grandchildren; Ryan Shimp and Rachel Ross and husband Don, six great grandchildren, and three great, great grandchildren. Lovena was born fifth among ten siblings, six sisters and three brothers. All were born in an old cabin down in the Holler in Charlotte Tennessee. A year or two after her youngest sibling was born the whole family was forced to leave the country for the city because they could no longer survive in the country after the two family mules were struck by lightning. The whole family moved in with their grandmother in Nashville until they could get a home of their own. For Lovena and her siblings there was no slacking in the Sensing household all had to contribute by working and paying "board" and if they were out of a job and could not pay, they had to catch up when they got one. After settling in the city she and two sisters worked at the phone company together as operators. It was not a pleasant job due to the ever vigilant "crazy", as Lovena would say, supervisor that hovered over them all day. However while working as an operator Lovena met William Herman Lewter from Florida who was at Sewart Air Force base in Smyrna Tennessee. Having fallen in love they moved to Florida and on August 28, 1948 they were married. William and Lovena's marriage took them all across the globe as William was in the military for twenty five of their fifty two years of marriage. Their adventures started in Florida where both their children were born. Stanley and five years later Roxanne. Three tours as a military wife took her to Japan totalling nine years in addition to tours in South Carolina, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. At a young age Lovena became a devoted Christian and used the Lord to bring many, including her husband to Christ. She was a natural mentor to the younger generation of military wives greatly influencing the lives she touched. Always opening her home and showing hospitality by hosting fellowships where ever they were stationed. A couple of her many talents included cooking, sewing and making her own patterns to sew with. When finally settling in Oklahoma while Bill was away often for the military either on remote assignments or war, Lovena was holding everything together under stressful circumstances. Extremely motivated to learn and with the encouragement by her husband to follow her passion. She made the decision at the young age of forty eight to obtain her GED and pursue her passion for nursing. She graduated from LPN school in 1971 and further pursued her RN, graduating from Oklahoma City Community College in 1977. She worked at hospitals in Oklahoma and Florida and finished her career as an in home nurse sitter in Florida, where she retired at the age of 65. Family was her greatest joy in life and she always strived to spend as much time as possible with her children and grandchildren creating lifelong traditions that are still carried on today. The biggest impact on family tradition began when Lovena and Bill bought a condo in Destin so family could visit during the summer. This created memories for them and for the children and grandchildren as well as established a still thriving and growing family tradition to this day. After spending many years in Florida apart from her family Lovena made the decision to move back to Oklahoma in the summer of 2000. There she was able to see her grandchildren more often as well as be present as their families expanded. She was a dedicated member of the Del City Church of Christ from 2000 and continued to impact all those that knew her in her church family and her extended family at Fountainbrook where she called home for the past six years. Lovena's impact on those she came in contact with will be long remembered and can never be replaced. She is now happy and whole with all who went before her in eternity, a place she looked forward to going when the time came.