Inurnment was held in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Aurelia. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia was in charge of arrangements.
Alvina Irene Otten was born Sept. 6, 1916 in Peterson, the daughter of Howard and Mary Otten. She attended and graduated from the Highview School where she was an avid basketball player. On Aug. 16, 1934 Alvina married James Ray Lewis at the Congregational Church parsonage in Aurelia. The couple farmed in the Aurelia area for 44 years until moving into town in 1978. Alvina also worked as a nurse's aide at MHI in Cherokee and at Sunset Knoll Retirement Home in Aurelia for many years. Alvina was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia for more than 60 years, was a member of the Aurelia Dance Group, and the Aurelia 500 Club. She enjoyed playing cards, cooking, gardening, and she loved her children.
Preceding Alvina in death were her parents, her husband James on Sept. 2, 2002, one grandson, Colton Evan Eason, and three brothers, Alvin (Red), Omer, and Chet Otten.
Survivors include her daughter, Mardell Bumann of Fayetteville, N.C., sons Jerry Lewis and Gary and his wife Bonnie Lewis of Aurelia, and daughter Vicki and her husband Dean Regennitter of Aurelia. Also surviving are ten grandchildren - Lynn and her husband Bob Bean of Fayetteville, N.C., Brian and his wife Emily Bumann of Davidson, N.C., Robert Lewis of Aurelia, Michael and his wife Jennifer Lewis of Osage, Chad and his wife Mindy Lewis of Larrabee, Carolyn and her husband Kordell Kruse of Aurelia, Kent and his wife Becky Lewis of Aurelia, Kris Wegner of Muscatine, Dawn and her husband Thad Eason of Roca, Neb., and Kayla and her husband Derek Wigand of Correctionville; fifteen great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.