Irma Ilene Lewis
Irma Ilene Lewis, 88, of Greenwood, passed into God’s grace Saturday, May 25, 2013, surrounded by her loving family and friends.
She was born Oct. 28, 1924, in Indianapolis to the late Charles and Margaret Gant Cook.
Our mom was a woman of strong Christian faith who cherished her family each and every day. She was a huge sports fan, especially of any team from Indiana, and no one could match her voracious appetite for reading or completing word-search puzzles.
Some of our best memories will always be from summers spent at Dietz Lake, with Mom and Dad hosting horseshoe tournaments and euchre games, frying up endless catches of fish and playing bingo.
Mom was deeply patriotic and served as a poll worker for more than 50 years until her failing health intervened. True to her maiden name, Cook, she was famous for her amazing meals, especially at Thanksgiving, where 30 to 40 of her pies, all handmade from scratch, were the highlights of her feasts.
For many, many years Mom and Dad presided as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus at Southern Plaza to the delight of hundreds and hundreds of children.
Now our two “Peas in a Pod” are together in Heaven, and while our human heart grieves, our spiritual hearts are soaring for the glory that is hers today. We love you, Mom — Peace of God has come.
Survivors include her children, Connie (Raymond) Flora, Paul (Claire) Lewis Jr., Georgeanna (Jack) Slaybaugh, Sherry Mappes, Lynda (Benny) Patrick, Terri Lewis and Nita Larson; 20 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; four great-great-children; and a sister, Ann Lewis.
She was preceded in death by three siblings, Chuck Cook, Florence Able and Bernie Cook; and by her husband, Paul Lewis Sr.
Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home, 1605 S. State Road 135. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood.
Irma was, in the words of one of her daughters, “charity poor” — she gave endlessly to everyone and every cause. Her family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the donor’s choice — you will surely grace one that she has already given to.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.ghherrmann.com.