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Margaret Alexander Lewis (1923 - 2014)

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Margaret Alexander Lewis died Aug. 10, 2014 at home in Palm Desert, Calif., of natural causes. She was born in Seattle, attended Lowell Grade School. She graduated Broadway High School in 1940 and the University of Washington in 1944. At the UW, she joined Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority, was elected to Mortar Board and Totem Club honors societies and was active in W Key and the American Association of University Women. She married Bill Lewis in 1943. They moved to Lynden where Bill's father, Sol, published the weekly Lynden Tribune. Sol died in 1954 and Bill and his brother, Julian, became co-publishers. Margaret and Bill adopted a daughter, Marilyn, in 1948 and gave birth to two more daughters, Barbara, in 1951, and Patti, in 1954. Margaret was a superb cook. She and Bill hosted dinner parties, holiday meals, cocktail parties, barbecues, luncheons, play readings and, occasionally, big costume parties. She belonged to a longstanding Lynden garden club, a bridge club and the Whatcom County Orthopedic Guild. She volunteered as a model and commentator for Bellingham's March of Dimes' designer fashion show-fundraisers, served on Lynden's library board and was a Whatcom Community College trustee. The couple moved to Sudden Valley in 1988 after Bill retired and spent winters in Palm Desert, Calif. They moved to Palm Desert in 2010. Devoted Husky fans, they founded the annual Palm Desert UW Chow Down to Washington fundraiser, which began as an alumni picnic and grew into a three-day event. The UW alumni association honored Margaret this year at the event's 25th anniversary this year. Bill died at home in 2011, at 90. Survivors: daughters Marilyn Lewis, of Port Townsend, Barbara (Joe) Morrison, of Los Angeles and Patti (Neal) Lemlein, of Los Angeles; grandchildren Vasily Lewis, Seattle, Alexandra Lemlein, New York, Ryan Lemlein, Denver and Maggie Morrison, Los Angeles; step-grandchildren Pia Morrison Delphais, West Chester, Penn., Joe Morrison II, Los Angeles and Jonathan Morrison, West Chester, Penn.; sister, Grace Millman, Dune Acres, Ind., and niece, Heidi Millman, Downers Grove, Ill. A celebration of life will be held at the Hotel Bellwether at 3:30pm, Friday. Please leave memories and notes at http://www.farewelltributes.com/obits/. Donations in Margaret's memory may be made to a that benefits children. Arrangements are by Moles-Greenacres.
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Published in Bellingham Herald from Aug. 20 to Sept. 18, 2014
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