Edith L. Lewis (nee Smith), 80, of Amherst, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, January 24, 2014 at New Life Hospice Residential Center in Lorain, following a brief illness. She was born April 16, 1933 in Buckhannon, West Virginia, where she was raised. In 1954, Edith moved to Amherst, then to Lorain and Elyria before moving back to Amherst, where she has resided until her passing.
Her primary focus in life was that of being a homemaker. She loved taking care of her family and creating a loving home. Edith was a member of West Ridge Baptist Church in South Amherst. Her greatest joy was spending time with her church family and taking care of her granddaughter. As a young woman, she worked as a nurses aid before her marriage to Clarence.
Survivors include her son, Joseph Lewis of Amherst; her daughter and her husband, Patricia A. and Raymond Hilko of Lorain; her granddaughter, Lauren Hilko; brothers, James Smith of Buckhannon, West Virginia; sister, Evelyn Rhodes of Vienna, West Virginia; and maternal uncle, Paul Mackey of Buckhannon, West Virginia.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Clarence Arden Lewis on December 15, 2009; her son, Rev. James A. Lewis; brother, Carl Smith; sister, Kathleen Kesling; and her parents, Willis and Gladys Smith (nee Mackey).
Friends may call Friday, January 31, 2014 from 5 to 8 P.M. at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 10 A.M. in the funeral home. The Rev. Bill Fraley, Pastor of West Ridge Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens, Avon.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to New Life Hospice, 3500 Kolbe Road, Lorain, OH 44053.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com