Doris Keene Lewis, who served as Register of Wills for Dorchester County for more than four decades, died on Election Day.
According to her obituary, Lewis, of Golden Hill, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. She would have celebrated her 82nd birthday on Nov. 18.
Lewis was the spouse of the late Reginald D. Lewis and was first elected as register of wills in 1974. She was last re-elected in 2018.
She is survived by her daughter, Helen Lewis Peel; two grandchildren, Matthew Peel and Emily Bond; and three great-grandchildren, Makayla Peel, Jackson Bond, and Wyatt Peel.
Helen Lewis Peel announced her mother’s passing in a Wednesday afternoon Facebook post, writing:
“Yesterday my mom passed away peacefully. Aside from the immense love for her family, she loved her county, state and nation.
“She took great pride in serving as Register of Wills for many years and was humbled by the love and support of all whose votes kept her in office. It seems no coincidence that she would pass on Election Day.
“Please keep our family in prayer.”
In lieu of flowers, it was Lewis’s wish that memorial contributions be made to her lifelong church. Contributions may be sent to: St John’s United Methodist Church Memorial Building Fund, 3347 Golden Hill Road, Church Creek, MD 21622.
Arrangements, which are being handled by Newcomb & Collins Funeral Home, P.A., are incomplete at this time.
Prior to her election, Lewis worked for 17 years in a law office that specialized in probate, corporate and real estate law. She graduated from South Dorchester High School and Goldey Beacom College, Wilmington, Del.
She was a member of the Maryland Register of Wills Association, St. John’s United Methodist Church, South Dorchester Folk Museum, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Friends of Blackwater, and Quota International of Cambridge.