Jul 05

Zada “Scrubby” Lewis

Zada "Scrubby" Lewis working at Scrubby and Lloyd's in 1977. ©The Tribune

The original Scrubby and Lloyd’s posting was so well received that when I came across the obituary for Zada Lewis I had to complete the  story. Wish I could turn up the 1977 article, the file print is torn.

Published December 31, 1986

Zada ‘Scrubby’ Lewis, SLO restaurateur, is dead at 74

Zada Lewis, an original partner in San Luis Obispo’s well-known Scrubby and Lloyd’s hamburger restaurant, died Monday, Dec.29, at the age of 74.
“My nickname is Scrubby,” Mrs. Lewis explained to a reporter in 1977, as she cooked hamburgers at the restaurant on Carmel Street. “I wasn’t the youngest of the 14 kids in my family but I guess I was the smallest.”
She had opened Scrubby and Lloyds with the late Lloyd Pettenger in 1957. Before that she worked for Pettenger at Hamburger Haven for seven years.
“I was the waitress and Lloyd was the cook,” Mrs. Lewis recalled.
Pettenger retired in 1972 and moved to Georgia. He had returned to San Luis Obispo when he died in 1983.
Mrs. Lewis sold the restaurant to her son, Lee, in 1976, and continued to help on weekdays.
She was born in San Luis Obispo Oct. 19, 1915, attended local schools and moved to Monterey in 1984.
At her request no services will be conducted. Cremation with burial of ashes at sea has taken place.
She is survived by a daughter, Dixie Dolan of Texas; four brothers, Bill Davis of Washington, Clint Davis of Santa Barbara, Art Davis of Buellton and Ted Davis of San Luis Obispo, six sisters, Frances Mitts of Seaside, Dorothy Bauscher of Santa Barbara, Ann Spwncer of Los Gatos, Pearl Cos, Cladys Cook and Sally Pierce all of Monterey; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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