BARBARA LEE LEWIS
Barbara Lee Lewis passed away on October 18th, 2003.
Barbara was born on a logging camp on January 30th, 1927 in Marcola, Oregon, to a pioneer family who later moved to Salinas, in Monterey County, California. She fell in love with theatre there.
WW II sent her to work in the shipyards in Seattle, where she met her husband, Navy Lieutenant James Ford Lewis.
Ford became a Unitarian Universalist minister; Barbara continued as an actress and became a mother.
From 1952 to 1970, Ford led churches in Riverside, Stockton, Portland, Oregon, and the Unitarian Universalist Society in Sacramento, where he retired after 10 years. Ford passed away in 1998, and Barbara returned to Portland.
Barbara was active in UU Society activities and as a clerk for the Federal Courts, but throughout, she acted: at Jayrob Theatre, Music Circus, Sacramento Civic Theatre, Stagedoor Comedy Playhouse, and others.
She could do Ibsen, but she loved farce, and felt bad for anyone who couldn’t just enjoy it for what it was.
She was unique, and is already missed.
Barbara is survived by James Ford Lewis Jr., Bronwen Lee Gadeberg, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Robert Bradford Lewis, their spouses, her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
A memorial will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Society, Saturday, December 6th, 1:00PM.
Remembrances to LVN Hospice, 2701 NW Vaughn, St. 750, Portland OR 97210.
—–Obituary provided by Mary McDonald Lewis (daughter)