Dear Revolutionary Lovers,
I lost my Mom on April 25, just two weeks after her 80th birthday, and five days after she and Dad celebrated 58 years of marriage. Mom was a fighter who gave stage four metastatic lung cancer an amazing fight for seven years. Whenever we told her we love her she replied joyfully, “I love you more!”
I have been seeing signs of Mom everywhere these past weeks. One such sign is the Love You More Foundation on GoFundMe my niece set up to honor her grandmother. Mom’s fight against cancer is our fight. Join us, won’t you, in this fight? Proceeds from your donations will go to the University of Chicago’s Cancer Center, and to support families int the fight of their lives.
Here is Mom’s obituary—a small testimony to her oh-so-well-lived-life.
Emma Lee Edwards Lewis
(also known to her Mississippi family as “Gladys”) was born to Louella and Willie Edwards on April 11, 1937 in Ruleville, Mississippi. Emma was the second of three children. Her older brother, Augusta Lee Edwards (deceased), was affectionately known to family and friends as “Ed” or “Dinzie.” Emma’s younger sister is Verline Edwards Jackson. Emma was a loving aunt to Augusta’s three children: Donald, Norman, and Kathy, and to Verline’s four children: Renee, Delinda, Tonya, and Ernest. Emma also had four half-siblings: Willie Edwards, Irenn Mattox, Polly Burnett, and Addis Campbell.
Emma met her would-be husband Richard Lewis while he was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, and Emma was visiting Augusta in Lincoln, Nebraska. They met on the dance floor at a mixer on base, and danced together to Fats Domino’s
“I Found My Thrill on Blueberry Hill.” The rest is history. Emma and Richard were married on
April 20, 1959, and raised six children: Richard Jr., Jacqueline, Wanda, Ronald, Rodney, and Roderick. Emma and Richard’s children bore
four grandchildren: Ronald Jr., Jourdan Marie, Rodney Jr., and Rio Dianna.
Emma was a great homemaker and seamstress. She was a gifted vocalist who passed on those pipes to her daughters; and a talented athlete who passed on basketball skills to her sons. Professionally, Emma rose through the ranks in the Tupperware organization, managing a sales force and earning Top Category recognition for regularly exceeding all sales goals. Some of her family’s fondest memories are vacations Emma earned as special sales awards.
Playing the dual roles of strict disciplinarians and “biggest fans,” Emma and Richard raised six children, who strove to make their hardworking parents proud. When asked to describe the collective achievements of their children and grandchildren, Emma and Richard would proudly respond, “How much time do you have?”
Emma battled cancer and cardio-pulmonary disease for seven years. Throughout her struggle, she epitomized strength and dignity. Never complaining, Emma instead always encouraged those around her. God called Emma home on April 25, 2017, two weeks after celebrating her 80th birthday with family and friends, and five days after she and Richard celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary.
Emma Lewis touched the lives of everyone she met. She was warm, kind, genuine, caring, selfless, and loving. A Christian since she was nine, Emma kept God first in her life, and taught her children and grandchildren to do the same. Emma was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, colleague, and friend. If asked how much she is loved and how deeply she will be missed, Emma's family might say, “How much time do you have?”
And here is a link to a story about Mom in the Chicago SunTimes.
In revolutionary love,