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October 11, 1922 - June 30, 2014
Einan's at Sunset
Rhoda Sussman Lewis, 91, of Richland passed away at her home on June 30, 2014. Her parents were Joseph and Minnie Sussman of Tacoma, Washington where she grew up with her three siblings, Leslie, Beatrice, and Joanne. Rhoda was the second oldest. She attended the University of Washington, where she studied journalism and was a member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority as well as an editor for the University Daily.
She married Milton Lewis in 1943 and they enjoyed 58 years of marriage and raised 3 children together in Richland, moving for two years to Santa Monica, California for her husband's sabbatical at UCLA and returning in the early 1960's. Rhoda was a co-founder with him of the Beth Shalom synagogue in Richland and an active member in the Sisterhood. She wrote advertising and was known for her wit and sense of humor, her creative writing ability and entertaining stories, as well as her strong and generous spirit. She travelled with her husband throughout the US and world, was an avid golfer, skier and water skier, grew prize winning roses as a member of the Tri-City Rose Society, and enjoyed many summers on the Columbia River with her neighbors and friends.
After her husband was injured in a car accident, Rhoda was devoted to his care through his last years.
He preceded her in death in 2001.
She is survived by her sister Joanne Arfin (Bernard) of Palo Alto, California, her children Jeanne Pantone (Owen Chariton) of Lakewood, Colorado, Robin O'Hearn (Chris) of Wenatchee, and Mitchell Lewis of Kennewick, her granddaughter, Rachel Chariton of Lakewood and many nephews and nieces.
Her memory will be cherished with love by her family and friends.
A funeral service will be held at Einan's At Sunset in Richland on Thursday, July 3 at 10:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Congregation Beth Sholom, PO Box 761, Richland, WA 99352, or SIGN Fracture Care International, signfracturecare.org.
Personal messages can be left for the family at www.einansfuneralhome.com.
Einan's Funeral Home, Inc.
915 By-Pass Highway Richland, WA 99352
Published in Tri-City Herald on July 2, 2014