Brenda M. Lewis-Weems, 45, went home to be with the Lord on April 15, 2006, after a long battle with cancer.
She was a lifetime resident of Akron, Ohio, and an active member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. She was born on Feb. 5, 1961, the daughter of the late Wayne B. Lewis, Jr. and to M. June Lewis. She was currently pursuing her doctorate degree in nursing, as the first African American admitted in the Joint Ph.D. program at the University of Akron and Kent State University. She graduated in 1999 from the University of Akron with her master's degree and sub-specialty as a Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner, and in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in nursing. She was also a graduate of Akron General School of Nursing in 1982, and South High School in 1979, in Akron, Ohio.
She was a registered nurse for over 20 years and retired her position as a Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner at Akron Medical Express in 2001.
A beloved daughter, sister, mother and grandmother, Brenda was preceded in death by her sister, Kim Lewis; son, Darrell E. Weems, Jr.; grandparents, Wayne (Virginia) B. Lewis, Sr. and Legie (Leona) Kitchen. She leaves to cherish her memory, daughter, Shermaine M. Weems and Ericka D. Weems; son, Brandon E. Weems; mother, M. June Lewis; brothers, Rick (Tracey) A. Lewis, Sr. and Daniel W. Lewis, Sr.; aunt, Velma Pryer; granddaughter, Jayana Weems; granddog, ``Bago"; nieces, Natasha Lewis and Diamon Lewis; nephews, Rick Lewis, Jr., Dominick (Melissa) Lewis, Sr., Daniel W. Lewis, Jr.; great-nephews, Daimian Lewis, Dominick Lewis, Jr.; great-niece, Honesty Lewis; godchildren, Chanelle Walker, Frankie Walker, Tanesha Walker, LeBron James, Sr. and LeBron James, Jr., Kandra Arnold, Kenya Prade and Sahara Prade, all residing in Akron, Ohio. She also leaves to mourn her passing, special nieces and nephews from the Weems family, other loving relatives and very special friends.
Funeral services will be Saturday, April 22, 2006, at 10 a.m., at St. Vincent Catholic Church, 164 W. Market St., Akron, Ohio 44303, Father Joseph Kraker officiating. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends may call at Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home, 529 W. Thornton St., Akron, Ohio 44307, Friday, April 21, 2006, from 6 to 9 p.m. Procession will form and condolences may be sent to 791 Cascade Mills Dr., Akron, Ohio 44307. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Brenda M. Weems Health Profession Scholarship Fund, University of Akron Foundation, University of Akron, OH 44325-2603.