LEWIS – Jean Lewis passed Oct 9, 2016
“..The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But, I have promises to keep
And miles to go before I sleep
And miles to go before I sleep.”
Mom was raised on the words of Robert Frost, and in turn, so were we. God has decided that mom has kept all of her promises and traveled all of her earthly miles. She has been called home. The angels have gathered her for her final journey. Godspeed, mom, call when you get there.
Born and raised near Weyburn, Sask., she and dad made their home in Maple Creek and Cypress Hills, and raised us there. She was happiest in the woods of Cypress Hills, or on the beach of Puerto Vallarta, and never happier than when her family joined her in either place.
Mom was a wonderful chef, loved fashion, shopping, hockey games, travel, handcrafts, growing flowers, teaching, math, and the English language. She loved puns, and an off-color joke, much to Dad’s chagrin, but mostly she loved us.
Her biggest joy was watching her students and her children “get it”. While we were growing up, mom was a full-time teacher, hockey mom, and skating mom. When she wasn’t at the school, she was at the rink with one or all of us. Being a grandma was another of her biggest joys and the time she spent with her grandchildren will always be treasured.
Mom refused to be closed-minded and was accepting of everyone. She admired and embraced cultural differences and always found the value and learning opportunity each culture offered her. If mom heard of anyone with a hardship, she was one of the first to offer help or advice.
She imparted a strong sense of the value of marriage, parenting, and self-love. Although she had an opinion and wasn’t scared to share it, she respected others and valued her friendships deeply. Her friends in Cypress Hills and Puerto Vallarta were loved like family.
Pre-deceased by her parents, Norman and Verdella Herring, her in-laws, Herbert and Mary Lewis, and very special friends Meta Truemner and Phyllis Richmond, as well as many loved relatives and family. We know that mom had a very warm and boisterous welcome when she joined them. Survived by her loving husband Darcy; her brother Jerry (Dolores) Herring; children, Nancy (Mark) Koenig, Jason (Lisa Dart) Lewis, and Valerie (Antonio) Ledezma; her beloved grandchildren, Tony, Andrew, Tyler, Hayden, Lauren, Kallen, Marin and Roman, and great granddaughter, Scarlett. She also has a wealth of in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends who will remember her fondly.
In accordance with mom’s wishes, there will be no funeral. A memorial tea will be held at a later date.
Donations in her honor can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT & NU, 100 – 119 14 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: firstname.lastname@example.org subject heading: Jean Lewis, or you may visit http://www.pattisonfuneralhome.com and leave a message of condolence.