Alexis Ann Athan, age 63, of Newark, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at Licking Memorial Hospital.
She was born November 28, 1956 in Newark, Ohio to the late Angel G. and Mary L. (Sewards) Athan.
Alexis had been the cook with the Newark Salvation Army for the past ten years, but will be remembered more as one of the owners of the Natoma Restaurant, where she was the chef for 35 years.
She was a free spirit who loved horses, being in nature and had a wonderful sense of humor. She enjoyed going to flea markets, local auctions, and antique stores, where she could find just about anything to collect. Alexis owned a great collection of coffee mugs of all the places she has never visited. Friends and family were always willing to provide new mugs.
She was a modest, kind, and caring woman who gave what she had to others in their time of need. Alexis deeply loved her grandchildren and especially enjoyed spending time with them.
She is survived by her son, Travis A. Smith; a sister, Georgeann (William) France; a brother, Thomas “Dean” Athan; Tanaya McMannis, the mother of four of Alexis’ grandchildren, Kaden (Amanda) Smith, Aris (Ezra) McClanahan, Breece Smith, Travis Smith, Genevieve Smith and Audrianna Campsey; and very special great-grandchild, Luka McClanahan; three nieces, Lori Athan Skillings, Natalie A. France and Angela A. France; a nephew, Alex D. Athan; and long-time childhood best friends, Kathy Welsh, Valerie Ghiloni and Patti Gehring.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willy Smith (2013).
A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army Soup Kitchen, P. O. Box 774, Newark, Ohio 43058.
The Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service, 59 North Fifth Street, is assisting the family with arrangements.
We were very sad to hear of Alexis passing away. She was a sweet fun spirited lady.
Bill really thought alot of Alexis and had fond memories of her. Alexis will be missed by many people. I hope your memories comfort you during this difficult time.
God Bless Alexis
My soul sista, You and Charlie helped me through the ashes. Our long chats will always remain fresh. See you soon love!
You will be truly missed by so many. Fly high my friend. Love ya
I am sorry to hear of the passing of your sister.
Happy trails my friend...Give Junior a hug, I love you