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Baker City, Oregon
Grace E. Lewis, 85, a lifelong resident of Baker City, died May 10, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.
A Celebration of Life service is scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday at Coles Funeral Home, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Ritualistic Rites will be accorded by Esther Chapter, No. 11, Order of Easter Star.
Grace was born March 1, 1918, at Baker City. She was the oldest of three children born to Rose Heywood and Edward Mineff. She was a 1935 Baker High School graduate.
She attended Oregon State College for two years and returned to Baker City to work as a beautician. Grace married Charles W. Lewis on New Year’s Eve in 1939. They were married 63 years. Grace and Charlie had three children, Carolyn Rose, Robert and Joan.
Grace returned to college and graduated with a teaching degree. She taught in Baker for the next 20 years. After retiring from teaching, Grace volunteered at many places, including teaching Laotian children to read and write English.
Grace was a lifetime member of the Baker United Methodist Church, Esther Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, American Association of University Women, Baker Historical Society, Trail Tenders, and the Paintabouts.
Grace was a wonderful woman, touching everyone who had the honor of having her in his or her life. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Grace was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Robert; her daughter, Joan; and her sister, Dorathe.
Survivors include her husband, Charles; her sister, Helen of Beaverton; lifetime friend, Ethel Olson of Seattle, Wash., and daughter Carolyn; grandchildren, Desiree and Lea of Baker City, Elizabeth, Jordan and Erica of Portland, and Tony of Dixon, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Sasha of Baker City, Linda, Steven, and Matthew of Dixon, and Luke of Portland.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church Memorial Fund through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 16, 2003
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor