Norma Dorthea Lewis (Penn)

September 19, 1922 – March 14, 2015

Norma knew loved ones were waiting for her, so when the time came, God called her home to that place He had prepared especially for her.

She was born in Winnipeg, MB, the only child of Anne and Harold Williams. Her father died when she was young so she grew up in a houseful of aunties and a Granny who looked after any children who were in the house. Her beloved Granny held a frightened, little girl in her lap telling her stories of Jesus in German.

She took her nurse’s training at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Winnipeg. It was while she was nursing Earl’s mother that they met. They were married 66 years before Earl passed on.

When Earl decided to enter the ministry, she went back to private duty nursing full time. She was well thought of as a nurse, taking time to rub patients’ backs, delivering babies who were in a hurry to be born, or sitting with the dying.

Norma was dedicated to her church. Her faith was a simple one – she loved Jesus, period. She played the organpiano in the many places where she and Earl lived – Lanigan, Regina, North Vancouver.

Norma was also dedicated to her family. She was a loving caregiver to Earl, daughter Georgia, and the aunties. Even though the family could ill afford it, she made sure Georgia had piano lessons. She loved parties though sherry was usually the strongest drink that could be had unless Earl intervened. And the only time I ever heard her curse was once when we were playing cards. But anyone who was by themselves in times of crisis or at special times in the year were made welcome in their home.

It is with the knowledge that she knew of the wonderful place she was going that I can let her go – not easily, but in comfort. She loved her son-in-law Tony, and especially her grandchildren Amara, Alan and Alison, and great-grandson, Kody.

Many thanks to New Horizons staff who became like family to her and to us, to York, the PADS dog who also brought her comfort and joy, to dear, dear friends who supported her and us, and prayed for us on this journey.

Flowers gratefully declined. We would ask that donations be given in Norma’s name to Canadian Lutheran World Relief or the Primates World Development Relief Fund or donations to support York, the PADS dog at New Horizons. (Please talk to Georgia or Tony on how donations to York can be done.)

A memorial service will be held at 1:00pm, Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Campbell River, with the Reverend Blair Haggart officiating.

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