Anna Marie Menzies-Lewis was born in Belize City, Belize on July 23rd, 1961. She was one of six children who were born to Jean and Gilroy Lewis. Anna was a star athlete in her youth, participating and winning trophies in cycling, softball, and Fùtbol (Soccer for Americans). Anna was known in Belize for her skills, as well as her love of sports. Some days she would even play all three; starting with cycling in the morning then head off to play softball in the afternoon. She would then leave softball and go straight to the field to play “5 on 5” Fùtbol. If you asked her to play a game, she would already be racing you to the field.
At the age of 16, Anna left Belize to go to the United States with half of her family. Along with her Father and two of her siblings, Monica Lewis and Eddie Lewis, she moved to New York City. For approximately four years the family was split, with half in New York and half in Belize, until they were able to reunite again. Whether Anna was in Belize or in New York she left a lasting mark on everyone she met. Not only was Anna known for her athleticism, she was also known for her beauty. She would even go on to win the Queen of the Bay Beauty Pageant in Brooklyn New York. The director was so impressed with Anna she hired her to work as a Belizean travel agent; which was the only travel agency run by a Belizean.
In 1985, Anna married Eddie Menzies Jr in Brooklyn, New York. Eventually Anna and Eddie divorced, but not before having three boys; Eddie Menzies III, Andrew Menzies, and Daniel Menzies. Despite the struggles Anna went through, she never faltered. Caring for her three boys on her own, she was determined to ensure that her sons were set up for success.
While raising her sons and working, she also pursued her education. Anna received a bachelor’s degree from Saint Leo’s University as well as a master’s degree from Liberty University. Anna’s ultimate goal was to obtain a PhD and become an online professor and/or become a counselor for returning war veterans. Education played many roles in Anna’s life as she started to work at Christopher Newport University in 1997, staying at CNU for over 23 years. She was employed at CNU until the day that she passed away. Just like every aspect of Anna’s life, she touched the hearts of each student that stepped into her office as well as her fellow co-workers.
Anna was passionate about a lot of things in her life, but the thing she was most passionate about was helping others. For her, what better place is there to help others than in the Church? Anna was passionate about the church and God. It didn’t matter if you were someone she knew or a complete stranger, Anna had a way of reaching out and touching your heart. She was very involved in the church as she would preach, teach, participate in outreach, and even host tea parties. Anna was essential in establishing a new church community. The church, starting out in the den of her own home, would grow into what it is known today as Regeneration Outreach Christian Church (R.O.C.C.). As the church grew, so did Anna’s faith and her determination to spread the word of God and help everyone she could.
Anna Marie Menzies-Lewis passed away on February 23, 2020. She is preceded in death by her loving sister Monica Godfrey and her loving parents Gilroy and Jean Lewis. She leaves behind her three sons Eddie Menzies III, Andrew Menzies, and Daniel Menzies; her daughter-in-law Hailey Menzies; and her siblings Gilroy Lewis Jr., Patrick Lewis, Richard Lewis, and Christine Lewis. She was blessed with one granddaughter, Gracelynn Menzies. She leaves behind a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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