Vallee Lewis, 97, died peacefully in her sleep at Maplewood-United Helpers in Canton. She was born August 10, 1913 in Burketown, Virginia and was raised in Staunton, VA, the daughter of Lewis and Minnie (Stover) Bell. She married Henry Potter Lewis May 31, 1949. She was predeceased by her husband in 1990 and her son Kenneth Morgan Lewis 1997.
She is survived by her daughters, Laura Lewis Brown and her husband, Jim Brown of Lisbon, and Melinda Lewis Merrigan and her husband Peter Merrigan of Goshen, NH; her son, Bruce Lewis and his wife Lorraine Lewis; her daughter-in-law, Terry Lewis; grandchildren Lindsey Lewis LoParco, Sam Lewis, Kevin Lewis, Loni Lewis, Christopher Lewis, and Michael Lewis; great grandchildren Ashley Lewis and Jack Lewis; and several step grandchildren and great grandchildren.
After moving to New York City as a young woman, she worked for the Federal Reserve Bank and met her lifelong friend Dorothy Hurst while working there. She married and moved to Clifton, New Jersey where she was a homemaker and loving mother. She enjoyed many warm winters in Cape Coral and Saint Petersburg Florida, and spent many happy summers at Eagle Crag Lake in the Adirondacks in NY. Living in a camp with no electricity or indoor plumbing, she gave her children great summers of swimming, hiking, making mud pies and having the time of their lives. It remains to this day, her favorite place on earth.
A memorial service will be held later in the summer at Eagle Crag Lake, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donation in her memory may be made to the National Wildlife Foundation or to the Mount Arab Preserve Association, P.O. Box 111, Piercefield, New York, 12973.