Lois Elaine Lewis

DATELINE: Newport 

Lewis, Lois Elaine, 78, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, after a life filled with family, friends and love.

Lois was born on April 5, 1937 in Providence, Rhode Island to Mary Beatrice (Lubin) and Leo Andelman. She was an incredibly bright student and graduated at the age of 16 from Hope High School in 1954.

Lois attended Boston University before she met the love of her life on the beach in Narragansett. William Lewis swept her off her feet and they married in 1955. The two then moved to Cranston, Rhode Island to start their life together.

Lois and Bill had three children: Debra, Michael and Steven. Lois worked as a receptionist at the Cranston Tennis Club and was an avid player herself. She was also a successful part-time fashion consultant for more than 15 years at Mel and Me in Garden City, and always dressed to the height of style.

Lois lived in Cranston for 30 years before she and her husband designed and built their dream home in Warwick. They also spent summers at their beautiful summer home, Bonniecrest, in Newport. When Lois and Bill retired, they spent their winters at their home in Naples, Florida, but always returned to Newport each summer to spend time with family.

Lois and Bill were partners in everything they did for their 60 years of marriage: traveling the world, going to the ballet and theater, golfing, and more. Lois always loved animals, including her Bichon Frisés, Sassy and Lily. She was a voracious reader and kept up with every new movie and TV show. She enjoyed baking, cooking, and entertaining friends and family. She was also very active in her community, serving on various committees and boards as well as fundraising for charitable organizations.

When Lois was diagnosed with cancer, doctors told her she only had a few years to live. But she proved them wrong for more than 13 years. She was always beautifully dressed with a smile on her face, even through the toughest times. Lois’ poise, strength and grace are an inspiration to everyone who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, William Lewis, her sister Marcia (Andelman) Halpern and her husband Robert of Naples, FL and Newport, RI, her children Debra Lewis Hogan and her husband Lawrence of Boxford, MA, Michael Lewis and his wife Brenda of East Greenwich, RI, and Steven Lewis and his wife Kathryn of East Greenwich, RI, as well as her five grandchildren, Cara, Elana, John, Rachel and Cory.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in TEMPLE SINAI, 30 Hagen Ave., Cranston. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215, Care Dimensions (Hospice), 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or your favorite charity. Due to Rosh Hashana, shiva will not be observed. Friends are invited to visit with the family on Sunday from 2-6 p.m. in Bonniecrest, 111 Harrison Ave., #A-11, Newport.

30 Comments

  1. Lillian and Tom shapiro
    Sep 11, 2015

    We were deeply sorrowed to hear of Lois’ passing. What an amazing inspiration she was, living her life with such grace and beauty, even through the darkest of days. We send our love and condolences to you all.

  2. charlesc10@verizon.net
    Sep 11, 2015

    To the entire Lewis family, my deepest condolences to you in this very sad time in your lives. I am truly saddened by your loss.
    Sincerely, Charlie Coelho

  3. Diane Whiles
    Sep 11, 2015

    An amazing and beautiful lady. Our deepest sympathy to the family.
    Peter and Diane

  4. Mary Gately
    Sep 11, 2015

    Lois was an inspiration to all of us – she will be greatly missed. She was a wonderful friend and helpful as my CoCaptain building the original Kensington Bridge Team. Always positive and beautiful, she will be remembered by her friends in Naples.
    Talking to Lois before deciding to move to Kensington, was the best decision I could have made. She loved it here!
    My very best wishes to all her loving family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, particularly at this time.
    Fondly, MARY

  5. Meri Mastro-Yianacopolus
    Sep 11, 2015

    Debra, I am honored to have known your mother . . . she was indeed a classy, brilliant woman who always was kind and gracious as well as beautifully put-together. I so enjoyed talking about books with her . . . she was the most avid reader I’ve ever known. When I saw her recently, I was so impressed with how wonderful she looked. How bravely she struggled with such a horrible disease. I am so sorry for your loss.

  6. Brenda and Frank Mcdermott
    Sep 11, 2015

    We were honored to have known Lois. She was a beautiful, kind and brave woman. She faced her illness with dignity and grace. We will miss her at Kensington.
    Sincerely,
    Brenda and Frank McDermotts

  7. Daniel P. Hanlon Jr.
    Sep 11, 2015

    My family sends its deepest sympathy to Steven and his family.

  8. Audrey & Alan Miller
    Sep 11, 2015

    Our love and condolences to the entire Lewis family. Lois was a special lady and a specia friend. We will all miss her.

    Audrey & Alan Miller

  9. Sandy and Don Deciccio
    Sep 11, 2015

    We loved Lois and will miss her presence in Naples this winter. We played tennis and golf with Lois and Bill over the years, and dined many times together. She certainly was a special person who we will remember in our hearts always. Love, Don and Sandy De Ciccio

  10. Donna Arthur
    Sep 11, 2015

    Dear Steve,
    So sorry to hear of your mothers passing.
    May the loving memories you have of her carry you and your family through this difficult time.
    With affection,
    Donna Arthur
    Folsom Funeral Home

  11. Sally and Donald O'Neill
    Sep 11, 2015

    To all the Lewis Family,
    Lois was so special to us all and she will always be remembered in our prayers especially when we travel to Dana Farber so often and sit in the beautiful Memorial Garden there–a very special place for so many.

    Much love to all
    Sally and Don O’Neill

  12. Marcia Glassman-Jaffeand Mark Jaffe
    Sep 11, 2015

    We all experience loss and we want you to know that our hearts are with you. Your mother was a beautiful, stylish, intelligent, warm, and courageous person deeply committed to her family and friends. We send our deepest condolences; your mother will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  13. Pat and Julie Riccardi
    Sep 11, 2015

    Debra,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss of your mother. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time. It helps at this time to remember all the beautiful things you did together. You can see what a wonderful person she was by the way you turned out.God bless…

  14. Pat and Grid Losee
    Sep 11, 2015

    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Her enthusiasm for life,joy, and her family ,pets and friends certainly was evident in her long and arduous battle against her disease. She certainly seemed to cherish and enjoy every moment and outing. We hope you , Larry, your Dad and daughters will take comfort and pride from knowing that you have given every drop of love, comfort, and support to your mother during her long struggle, and that she is smiling and thanking you from heaven! Love, Pat and Grid

  15. Paul Potvin
    Sep 11, 2015

    Dear Mr. Lewis and Steven,

    I wish to extend my deepest condolences over the passing of Mrs. Lewis. Both of you were always very nice to my dad, Conrad and to myself and I just wanted to let you know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this time.
    Paul Potvin
    former Potvin & Son Funeral Home in West Warwick

  16. Karen Waterval
    Sep 11, 2015

    Lois was such an incredible lady. She had a wonderful life filled with such joy. I was so happy to know her. This past late June I was in Newport with my friend and we went to lunch with Lois and her sister, Lois even drove her vintage Jag! What a special afternoon that was. My deepest sympathy to her beloved husband and blessings to all the family.

  17. Josh & Mary Miner
    Sep 11, 2015

    Sending you comfort during a sad time, Deborah. I enjoyed meeting your mother at Book Group discussions and sharing some time with her. Our condolences to you and your entire family.

  18. Sheila Andelman Padoll
    Sep 11, 2015

    Thinking of all our years together especially in school and family.
    Thinking of Bill, Marcia, Debra Steven and Michael and their spouses and families.
    She was one of a kind

  19. Jane Lubin
    Sep 11, 2015

    to the Lewis family,
    I am so very saddened for all of you. Lois was a remarkable woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you. She will be missed by everyone who’s lives she touched.

  20. Rosalind Kurzer
    Sep 11, 2015

    Lois was an extraordinary woman, with a marvelous personality. She had the ability to lift everyone’s spirits. Her positive energy was a force that kept her going until her last breath.
    Lois and I had a loving, life long friendship starting when I moved to RI in May 1957.
    Regardless of how long the interval, our conversations were as if we spoke yesterday. I will miss her dearly.

  21. Richard C Nadworny Jr
    Sep 11, 2015

    Dear Steve,

    On behalf of my father, myself and my family we would to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your entire family for the loss of your mother.

    We will keep you in our thoughts and our prayers.

    Richard C Nadworny Jr
    Nadworny Funeral Home

  22. Virginia Luscinski
    Sep 12, 2015

    Debra
    I am so sorry to hear about your Mother.
    She always looked beautiful when attending trivia at
    SCC.
    She was special and I hope beautiful memories will help you thru this difficult time.
    Virginia Luscinski

  23. Freya Greenspahn, Kensington
    Sep 12, 2015

    Your loving wife, mother and grandmother, was one of
    the nicest people that I ever have had the pleasure of knowing and admiring these many years as her neighbor in Naples….not enough words to describe such an amazing woman.
    Not only did she share her love, she would gladly pass on the name of a good book or a delicious recipe that her granddaughter had created. May God bless your family with the strength to carry on.
    My love and condolences, Freya

  24. Alvin Kurzer
    Sep 12, 2015

    Roz and I offer our deepest condolences to Bill, Debby, Mike, Steven and Marcia for the loss of their exceptional mother and sister; with added thanks to Larry, Debby and Bill for the care and devotion giving Lois an extended life.

  25. Barbara Schwartz
    Sep 12, 2015

    Dear bill and family,
    When I lived in Cranston i knew Lois very well.She was very special.My deepest sympathy to you,Bill and your children and grandchildren.An old friend.

    Barbara Amber Schwartz

  26. Jim Edwards
    Sep 12, 2015

    To the entire Lewis family,
    May I express my deepest sympathies & condolences to you upon the death of Lois.
    May our good & all merciful Lord grant her soul eternal peace & happiness.
    I will keep her & your entire family in my thoughts & prayers during this most difficult time.
    Sincerely,
    Jim Edwards
    Hopedale, MA.

  27. Rick Dewhirst
    Sep 12, 2015

    I was deeply saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  28. Alvin Kurzer
    Sep 12, 2015

    Roz and I offer our deepest condolences to Bill, Debby, Mike, Steven and Marcia for the loss of their exceptional mother and sister, with added thanks to Larry, Debby and Bill for their care and devotion giving Lois an extended life.

  29. Juanita & Martin Doctors
    Sep 14, 2015

    Lois was a dear, dear friend and we will miss her very much.
    May she rest in peace.

  30. Sid and Gayle Garland
    Sep 15, 2015

    Lois will be missed by many friends who loved her kind spirit. She was unique! She fought the fight better than anyone we have ever known. Rest in peace, dear Lois. We love you!

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