Tanner Chapel Ame Church
20 S 8th St
Phoenix, AZ 85034
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Pauline Lewis

1938 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Pauline Lewis Obituary
Lewis, Pauline
Pauline Lewis, a loved and well-known lady as Sister Pauline to many in the Valley, especially to the Homeless, went home to be with her Lord on September 21, 2017. Pauline was born in Dayton, Ohio on April 23, 1938. When visiting Phoenix, she decided this was to be her home. Pauline spent her many years loving and serving Jesus Christ, but in 1988 after a stirring sermon by her pastor regarding the homeless of our city, she knew what her mission would be. Starting out with just sandwiches and cold drinks, her ministry grew to be Phoenix Foundation for Homeless Children and their families. She recruited and soon there were doctors, nurses, churches, Boy Scouts, civic organizations, all volunteering to help her enrich the lives of less fortunate of our city. Items appropriate for the season were given year round. She knew where the homeless would be and found them. Ms. Pauline or "mom" or "Mother" to many, source of hope to thousands that she and her volunteers reached out to for 29 years. Prayer and faith gave her energy and listening to J. Vernon McGee every day encouraged her. In 2007, Ms. Pauline was voted to be one of 13 women across the nation to be recognized as a Woman of Worth by the L'Oréal and Points of Light organization that still exists today. It was a high point of her life. Street people were her friends and she was sure that as many as possible would have a big celebration at Christmas with a "Happy Birthday Jesus" cake and gifts for the children. Easter was also a day of rejoicing with baskets for the children full of candy, toys, and always a message about how much Jesus loved them. She shunned large fund-raising events, preferring people to be involved and purchase the items to be distributed. "Money is easy to give" was her motto. She wanted hearts, hands and feet to come along side and see and touch her friends. Ms. Pauline was full of joy, great fun-her smile was infectious and she wore it all the time. She considered herself an "errand boy" working for her Lord-an eager laborer-a vivacious lady that infected those around her. Hugs and love were given freely to volunteers as well as those on the streets or in the shelters. She sure did like to pass out "sugar" (kisses). She is sorely missed by so many, but on Sunday mornings, you will find volunteers out on the streets doing what she admonished us all to do. Give freely in the name of the Lord. Having no children of her own, she has a huge family grieving for ourselves that she is no longer in our presence. We miss you dear lady and send you bushels of "sugar". A memorial in Pauline's honor will be held at Tanner Chapel AME, 20 South Eighth Street, 85034 on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 12, 2017
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