Cecelia P. Lewis, 65, an administrator in the U.S. Department of Education’s printing office who retired in 2011 after 37 years of federal service, died March 18 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.
The cause was complications from a stroke, said her stepdaughter, Miranda Lewis-Ashton.
Soon after graduating from Washington’s Eastern High School in 1965, Mrs. Lewis began her federal career as a secretary in what was then the Office of the Commissioner of Education in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
For a period in the 1980s, she worked at Sallie Mae (Student Loan Marketing Association) but in 1987 returned to what had become the U.S. Department of Education. Her work there included liaison with the Government Printing Office, coordinating print jobs and routing telephone calls.
Cecelia Thelma Powell was born in Washington. For most of her adult life she had lived in Landover Hills, but a week before she died, she moved to Charter House senior apartments in Silver Spring. She was a member of the Church of the Great Commission in Camp Springs.
Her husband, Benjamin B. Lewis, whom she married in 1978, died in 2012. Survivors include a daughter, Kellee Lewis of Landover; a stepdaughter, Miranda Lewis-Ashton of Bryans Road; her mother, Dorothy M. Sawyer of Fort Washington; her grandmother, Daisy Bizzell of Fort Washington; three sisters, Denise Butler of Upper Marlboro, Rosa Norfleet of Rocky Mount, N.C., and Viola Harris of Tarboro, N.C.; four stepbrothers, Rudolph S. Sawyer III of Washington, Larry M. Sawyer of Landover, Derrick B. Sawyer of Fort Washington and Dwayne A. Sawyer of Laurel; and three grandchildren.