Lisa Lewis, of South Burlington, Vermont, passed into eternal life on April 6, 2019. A woman of great courage, intelligence, sensitivity and creativity, she dedicated much of her life to caring for her husband and children. Lisa demonstrated her indomitable courage in many ways, including cross-country camping trips at an advanced stage of pregnancy and perseverance in coping with the challenges of aging. She demonstrated her intelligence in her wide-ranging reading, which embraced history, feminism, mythology, the New York Times, and the New Yorker, as well as in her early fascination with the Rubik’s Cube. Lisa showed her sensitivity in thoughtful awareness of the people around her and concern for their feelings. She expressed her creativity in sewing projects, including hand-crocheted curtains for the kitchen. Daily family dinners also showed Lisa’s skill; every day she generously prepared creative, economical family meals.
Lisa loved reading, taking walks, babbling brooks, crossword puzzles, bowling, and, in later years, Bingo. Jeopardy, Big Bang Theory and the History Channel were favorite TV shows. Lisa was an enthusiastic, knowledgeable sports fan, and in later years especially enjoyed watching tennis and golf. Her family and friends often enjoyed her sense of humor, whimsy, and playfulness.
Elizabeth Lucretia Hurley (Lisa) was born on July 23, 1928 in Albany, New York. She graduated from Spring Valley High School and married the love of her life, Gordon F. Lewis, in 1947. She supported him in his doctoral studies at the University of Kentucky by waitressing, and throughout her life was an astute, empathetic observer of wait staff. In mid-life, Lisa earned two Associate Degrees at City College of San Francisco.
Lisa is survived by her family and friends who loved her. Son Jeffrey J. Lewis’s widow, Patty L. Rollins, husband Anthony Rollins; grandson Daniel F. Lewis and wife Susan, and great-granddaughter Elizabeth and great-grandson Jeffrey; granddaughter Kimberley and great-granddaughters Kylee and Madison; daughter Melissa L. and husband Mark Heim, granddaughter Sarah Heim and wife Rachel Wener, and great-granddaughter Eleanor D. Wener-Heim; grandson Jacob Heim and wife Kathleen Smith, and great-granddaughter Virginia M. Heim; son Ronald W. and wife Ann H., step-grandsons Jonathan Bradley and wife Lizabeth, Joseph Bradley and wife Susannah and step-greatgrandsons Henry, Samuel and Nathanial; son G. Jason and wife Sally A, and grandsons Brenden and Quinten; son Nicholas H. and Linda, and grandsons Ryan and Eric. Lisa is also survived by her sister, Julia Hurley Goelz and many nieces and nephews, including Meg, Susan, Doug, and Chris Goelz and Michael Hurley. Four siblings predeceased her. May Lisa go from strength to strength in the kingdom of grace.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday April 27, 2019 between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm at Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Service, 472 Meadowland Drive, Suite 7, South Burlington, VT.
In lieu of flowers we ask that contributions be made in Lisa's name to either the Nature Conservancy or Audubon Vermont.