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Jeannette Lewis

Jeannette Lewis went to Heaven on January 14th. Her family was at her bedside at her Kirkland home. Born in 1928 to Clinton and Gladys Elliott, she spent her childhood days in Chicago and on the beaches of Lake Michigan. Swallowing a button at an early age earned her the nickname 'Button'. An animal lover from the start Button vowed to marry the milkman's horse.

That was before she met Gary Lewis. At Colorado College Jeannette was a cheerleader, Gary a football player. Their romance became a lifelong marriage. Jeannette, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta graduated in 1950 with a degree in sociology. They were married in 1951 while she was a stewardess for United Airlines and he was in the USMC. Their first two children were born in Canada, the last three in Seattle and Boston. They settled on Mercer Island to raise their family.

Jeannette had many interests and talents. She loved gardening. She prided herself on always having fresh flowers in the entry and a beautifully decorated home. She was a do-it-yourself kind of person and fearlessly took on any project. Garage sales and antique auctions were a big part of her life. She eventually started her own antique business. Jeannette welcomed a stream of family pets and raised champion Borzoi show dogs. She was active in skiing, tennis, and golf, as well as bridge. Most of all Jeannette loved her family. She shared her interests with them and they with her. She tirelessly supported her five children in all their pursuits.

Jeannette is survived by her 'dear sister' Marion; her husband of sixty-two years Gary; her children Chris, Izzie (Tim), Jennifer, Steve (Cynthia), and Carol; her loving grandchildren Brittany, Olivia, Izzabella, Kieran, Henry, Vincent, and Cicely; her sister-in-law Mary Grubbs. She was preceded in death by her parents Clinton and Gladys; her siblings Marie and Clinton.

Per Jeannette's wishes there will be no memorial, but the family will host a happy remembrance at a later date. Sign the guest book at bartonfuneral.com.
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 20, 2013
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