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LEWIS, Josephine (Jo) Elizabeth

Posted By Obits On April 14, 2017 @ 12:38 PM In Obituary | 3 Comments

June 11, 1923 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
April 11, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

Jo Lewis of Calgary, AB, passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the age of 93 years.

Jo was born in Winnipeg. She and her family enjoyed many years at the cottage at Lake of the Woods. She graduated from the University of Manitoba as a Dietician before meeting and marrying D. E. (Ed) Lewis. They had a long and loving marriage. They lived in Calgary except for a year in Australia while Ed worked for Imperial Oil. They had many hours travelling and playing golf together, both in Calgary and their home in San Diego. Jo was a gracious host and enjoyed entertaining her many friends and family. Jo liked travelling and adventure. At age 84 she found herself snaking through the back streets of Phnom Phen, Cambodia on a motorcycle in search of “just the perfect dress”. She lived her later years at the Manor Village at Garrison Woods with many long time friends and with the loving care and the support of her dear friend Ernie Crooks. Many thanks to the wonderful staff at the Manor and to the staff at Sarcee Carewest Hospice, who eased her final days with great compassion.

Jo is survived by her children, Diane Atkinson (Michael) and David Lewis (Maria); five grandchildren, Alison Atkinson (Stewart Burgess), Sarah Borthwick (James), J. D. Lewis (Deana), Trevor Lewis (Chelsey) and Stephanie Lewis (James Robson) and three great-grandchildren, Emily Borthwick, Elisabeth Atkinson Burgess and Anna Lewis; as well as sister-in-law Patience McCarten and many nieces and nephews. Jo was predeceased by her husband, Ed Lewis in 1999; parents, Dr. Daniel Alexander McCarten and Ella Goldthorpe and two older brothers, Dr. Robert J. McCarten and Dr. Alan B. McCarten.

Jo was our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was elegant, strong, loving, adventurous, modern, resilient and fun. She will be missed.

Honouring her wishes there will be no formal funeral service but a gathering of family and friends at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. No flowers by request. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222. www.albertacancer.ca/memorial.

In living memory of Josephine Lewis, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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Condolence from Grant Clark on April 15th, 2017 12:45 PM

Dear David and Diane and all family,

I was saddened to hear of the passing of your mother. I was a past neighbor at The Estate ,
a friend and her realtor. How you described your mother was perfect and so right. My partner Bill joins me in extending our condolences at this sad time. A life well lived.

Sincerely Grant Clark and Bill Penner

Condolence from Marilyn Brown on April 24th, 2017 5:09 PM

The Esso annuitant club send their condolences. Jo will be missed by her many friends there.

Condolence from Gynell Dawson on April 29th, 2017 12:10 PM

I was so saddened by the news of the passing of a dear friend Jo. We had many happy days playing bridge and visitng at various social gatherings. She was such a pleasant hostess, making you feel at home as soon as you entered. I particularily enjoyed being around Jo as she had such a joyful and happy way about her. She shall be missed. My condolensces and my best to her family.
Gynell Dawson

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