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Evangeline Launders Lewis Obituary
Lewis, Evangeline Launders OCEAN BEACH -- Evangeline Launders Lewis, affectionately referred to as "Nana", was born on February 11, 1918. She was the daughter of an Orange County pioneering family. Her father, Raymond, was from Illinois and her mother, Clara, from Missouri. Clara traveled to California in a covered wagon. The family had four girls and one boy. Nana was the youngest girl. Nana had a wonderful childhood on the ranch and especially loved the oranges grown there. Her father was a latherer and a rancher and her mother a homemaker, gardener, and also raised chickens. Nana and her husband, Caleb, attended Garden Grove High School. While Papa attended UCLA, Nana worked in an orange packing house. After graduating Papa proposed to Nana on the beach at Balboa Island and they married on December 5, 1941. The couple moved to San Diego where Papa first worked loading music into jukeboxes, then at Convair during the war, and then became the director of the first University of California Extensions program in downtown San Diego. Their daughter, Nancy, was born in 1945. Nana and Papa first settled in Ocean Beach and never left. Nana and Papa were married 63 years. Although challenged by Papa's juvenile onset diabetes and the resulting insulin reactions, the couple had a wonderful marriage. They loved to listen to jazz, walk to Ocean Beach, and they loved to travel. Some of their favorite destinations were Big Bear, Las Vegas, Northern California, and in later years, Hawaii. Nana loved to decorate her spotless home and also enjoyed playing badminton and tennis with her friends. Although she had other hobbies, Nana always put her family first and was always there to generously support them in their endeavors. Nana is survived by her daughter, Nancy Guzik, and son-in-law, Jim, her grandchildren Ty and Kelly, Ty's wife Rebecca, and her great-grandchildren, Stone and Gage. She is also survived by sister-in-law, Barbara Bliss, and her nieces and nephews, Jim, Gary, Don and Sandra Lewis and Joyce, Ken, and Glenn Bliss. Nana is also survived by her nephew Ron McCollum and Larry Johnson and her niece Susan Filipowicz. Nana will be forever remembered for her kindness, generosity, and enduring love for her family. A memorial service was held at EI Camino Mortuary on April 12th. Nana had a long, wonderful life and will be greatly missed by her family.

Published in U-T San Diego from Apr. 21 to Apr. 27, 2013
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