|Birth: ||Sep. 21, 1885|
Los Angeles County
|Death: ||Dec. 24, 1965|
Los Angeles County
Ethel F. Godfrey (Lewis) Harwood is the first child of A.G. (Arthur Gardner) Godfrey, b. Dec. 20, 1857 and d. Feb. 22, 1944 &
Cora M. Dunton Godfrey (Tetlow), b. June 22 and d. 1864 - May 31, 1926.
Arthur and Cora Godfrey also had a son, Earl Gardner Godfrey (April 2, 1886 - Oct. 5, 1959) who was also born in Los Angeles, California.
Ethel's first husband was Edward Floyd Lewis, b. May 26, 1880 in Urbana, Champaign Co., Illinois and d. Nov. 19, 1960 in Long Beach).
Ethel and E. Floyd Lewis were married in San Francisco, California on Thurs., July 02, 1903. Their wedding announcement stated that they would be at home at 319 West 8th Street in Los Angeles, Cal. after July the tenth.
Ethel and E. Floyd Lewis were divorced in Los Angeles, California on November 20, 1929.
They had 8 children: Floyd G., Thomas E., James E., Stanley J., Dorothy & Marjorie (twins), Ethel (who died as an infant) and Ruth C.
Ethel married, second, Homer Miriam Harwood in Los Angeles, Ca. on May 15, 1931 (and E. Floyd Lewis married Elsie Sandford in Yuma, Arizona on November 26, 1930).
Ethel died of arterioscleratic heart disease at the Alderwood Manor Convalescent Hospital in San Gabriel, California on December 24, 1965.
Ethel grew up on Bunker Hill in Los Angeles, near Angels' Flight and remembered riding her pony down Main Street.
Ethel's mother, Cora, sent her to business school, but she was more interested in homemaking and gardening. Ethel met her future husband when she was working as a secretary in Los Angeles. Cora and her husband, James Tetlow, did not approve of this young man. It may have been that they feared that he was so thin, he might have tuberculosis,, which was common in those days. -But, being thin was a typical characteristic of the Lewis family. Cora and James therefore, spirited Ethel away to San Francisco to separate them, but Floyd was not discouraged and followed them up there. Cora and James finally acquiesced to the marriage.
Ethel loved to play the piano and sing, accompanied by her children, almost all of whom played an instrument of some kind. Ethel's mother, Cora, bought her daughter a baby grand piano.
Ethel made great cornbread and huge bowls of tapioca pudding. One of the neighborhood children, Texas 'Teckie' Schramm, said, 'Please let me know when your Mom is making cornbread so I can come over. My maid doesn't make it like your Mom's." *Note: Mr. Schramm was, in later life, very successful in business. He was the owner of the Dallas Cowboys and the most powerful general manager in the NFL.
Ethel took the initiative in setting aside funds which were used to purchase the home in San Gabriel, and she did the same thing to buy a beach house on Balboa Island. The family spent many enjoyable summers there, boating, swimming and diving into the canals that were on the edge of the property.
Ethel loved spending most of her time outdoors, tending her garden. Her property was a showplace. Every Saturday, she cut and arranged flowers from her garden to place around the altar at San Gabriel Union Church of Las Tunas near San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel.
She was such an avid gardener, that when she found a plant that she admired as she was driving around the neighborhood, she would stop and ask for a cutting.
Each week, she would drive her car to pick up other ladies to take them to church. In those days, not many women drove.
Ethel had a bit of a 'lead foot'! She got pulled over in Long Beach for speeding, and the officer told her he would let her go if she gave him one of her twin daughters. The daughters didn't realize that he was making a joke and they were greatly concerned.
In the late 1920's, Ethel and her children attended services at the Church of the Open Door in Los Angeles, where they spent the entire day, attending three separate services. Dr. Talbot was at that time Pastor of the Church. While in L.A., they almost always stopped to enjoy a meal at Clifton's Cafeteria, which is in business at the same location to this day. The children remember being impressed by the green waterfall.
Ethel's church in San Gabriel had a building program to which she could not afford to contribute. She valued the work of the Lord so much that she took off the large diamond wedding ring that her mother, Cora, had purchased for her and donated that to the church. (By this time, she was divorced from Floyd.)
Every morning, she sat out in the canopied swing sofa on her front lawn under the sycamore trees and read from her Bible, a beautiful way to start the day. Ethel's daughter, Ruth, remembers seeing her on her knees in prayer every night.
Ethel's granddaughter, Brenda, tells about the time that she was living with Ethel on her property in Rosemead while attending college. One night, while sitting with her boyfriend in the car out in front of the house after coming home from a date, Brenda and her date noticed that the porch light was being turned on and off repeatedly, signaling that it was time to come in. When Brenda didn't respond right away, Brenda was startled and embarrassed to see 'Granny' knocking on the window of the car in her long nightgown and with her hair in a long braid down her back, telling her, 'It's time to come in now'.
In the 1910 U.S. census, 25 yr. old Ethel F. Lewis, b. abt. 1885 in CA., was living at 1536 3rd Av. in Los Angeles Assembly District 70, L.A., CA. with her
29 yr. old husband, Floyd Lewis, a foreman at an iron works, b. in IL.
3 yr. old Floyd G. Lewis, b. in CA.
1 yr. old Thomas Lewis, b. in CA.
Ethel's parents were both b. in NE.
This was a first marriage for Floyd and Ethel. They had been married for 7 years. Rthel was the mother of two children, both alive by this census.
According to her 38 yr. old husband's Sept. 12, 1918 WWI Draft Registration card, Ethel's middle name was Faith. Edward Floyd Lewis was b. May 26, 1880. He was working for the Byron Jackson Iron Works in Los Angeles, CA. He was described as tall, of slender build, with gray eyes and brown hair.
In the 1920 U.S. census, 34 yr. old Ethel F. Lewis, b. abt. 1886 in CA., was living in San Gabriel, Los Angeles, CA. with her
39 yr. old husband, E. Floyd Lewis, a business manager for a pumps company, b. in IL.
12 yr. old son, Floyd G. Lewis, b. in CA.
10 yr. old son, Thomas E. Lewis, b. in CA.
7 yr. old son, James E. Lewis, b. in CA.
5 yr. old son, Stanley J. Lewis, b. in CA.
4 yr. 11 mth. old twin daughters, Margerie Lewis and Dorothy Lewis, b. in CA.
Ethel's parents were b. in the U.S.
E. Floyd's father was b. in IN. and his mother in IL.
*Note: There were two more daughters born to E. Floyd and Ethel: Baby Ethel, who was stillborn, & Ruth, born in 1921.
the Apr. 5, 1930 U.S. census, 45 yr. old Ethel Lewis, b. abt. 1885 in CA., was divorced and living alone at 324 Las Tunas in San Gabriel, (now Alhambra), L. A., CA.
Her parents were both b. in WI.
In the 1940 U.S. census, 54 yr. old widow, Ethel Harwood, b. abt. 1886 in CA., was living at 1712 So. Earle Avenue, in San Gabriel, Los Angeles, CA. with her
83 yr. old widowed father, Arthur Godfrey, b. in WI.
Ethel had attended 8 yrs. of school. Arthur had completed four years of high school.
Ethel's father was b. in WI. and her mother in KS.
Ethel was 19 at the time of her first marriage and she was the mother of 7 children.
Arthur Gardner Godfrey (1857 - 1944)
Cora M. Dunton Tetlow (1862 - 1926)
Homer Merriam Harwood (1878 - 1940)
Edward Floyd Lewis (1880 - 1960)*
Floyd Addison Lewis (1907 - 1984)*
Thomas Edwin Lewis (1909 - 1979)*
James 'Jim' Earl Lewis (1912 - 1996)*
Dorothy Lewis Crawford (1916 - 1990)*
Ruth Cora Lewis Perdew (1921 - 2012)*
Ethel Faith Godfrey Harwood (1885 - 1965)
Earl Gardner Godfrey (1886 - 1959)*
Rose Hills Memorial Park
Los Angeles County
Plot: El Portal de la Paz Mausoleum, Niche 3690
Created by: Chloe
Record added: Aug 11, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40541055
I never got to try your cornbread, but remember the oatmeal you fixed for us every morning, reminding us that we needed to eat it all, because there were 'starving children in China'. Remembering you, lovingly, on Easter Sunday.|
Added: Apr. 20, 2014
You touched the lives of all who knew you, Granny. Thinking of you as always with love.|
Added: Sep. 22, 2012
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