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Dorothy G. Lewis

Obituary for Dorothy G. Lewis

May 7, 1923 - November 30, 2021
Newtown, Pennsylvania | Age 98

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On November 30, 2021, Dorothy G. Lewis, age 98, passed away peacefully in her Newtown, PA home. Dorothy was born to Richard and Dorothy Garland (Lemon) on May 7, 1923 in the town of North Glenside, PA. with her brothers Richard, Herman and James and her younger sister, Shirley, all of whom predeceased Dorothy. Dorothy graduated from Abington High School and worked diligently for the Signal Corps during WWII, saving enough to purchase her home in Jenkintown, PA at age 19. When the Signal Corps relocated to New York, Dorothy remained in the Philadelphia area and joined Bell Telephone of Pennsylvania as an elevator operator. Subsequently, she was promoted to telephone operator. In 1953, Dorothy married Thomas E. Lewis. To this union were born Debbie (Ben Taylor), Andrea (Wayne Randolph) and Valerie (survived by Wayne Sanders in 2007). They often took day trips to the beach in summer, and also enjoyed spending time at Camp Mohawk in the Catskill mountains. Dorothy always had an open heart, and helped raise her great niece, Rochelle (deceased in 2021), as a child. Dorothy became an active member of St Anne's Episcopal Church in Abington, PA in the late 1950's. She was also a proud member of the Bell Telephone Pioneers of America with whom she and her family enjoyed traveling. She participated in their charity events dressing dolls for their Christmas Doll Show and winning 2nd place in the Dressy Daytime category in 1975. Dorothy enjoyed whipping up stylish outfits for herself and family on a regular basis. She made her dress, as mother of the bride, and the dresses for the bridesmaids attending Debbie's holiday wedding to Ben in December of 1984. She also taught Andrea how to sew, instilling in her a lifelong passion for couture. Dorothy retired from Bell of Pennsylvania that year with over 35 years of service. When her grandchildren came shortly thereafter, she would travel from Jenkintown, PA, to Fort Washington, MD, to visit Candace and Alex (Jeffrey), and on to Fairview Heights, IL, to see Holle and Thomas. After selling her house of 65 years in 2007, Dorothy and Thomas moved to Fort Washington MD with Debbie and her family. When her husband Thomas died in 2009, she relocated to Newtown, PA to live with Andrea, Wayne and Jesse, her last grandchild. Dorothy loved the arts, drawing, dancing, going to concerts, plays and sewing. In Newtown, Dorothy became a member of Chandler Hall's Adult Day program for 10 years, going on bus trips to local restaurants, movie theaters, art museums, arboretums and holiday performances by local school children. After the Adult Day program ended in 2018, Dorothy became a resident at the Birches of Newtown senior living facility at 96. It was here where she gained the nickname "Dancing Dottie" by staff and residents as she was often seen there dancing to both live and recorded music. She often greeted anyone who spoke with her saying, "You are beautiful" and "God loves you". Dorothy joined St Luke's Episcopal Church, regularly attending the pre service choir practices and singing along with hymns during the services. Dorothy had an infectious smile and greeted everyone with her effervescent personality. Holle and Thomas called her "Lovie". Candace and Alex would say that Dorothy was a gracious, good natured, gentile, giving, gorgeous, glamourous and grateful grandma. Jesse returned to Dorothy all of the love he received from her as his original "mom", when she came to live with him again. Dorothy spent her final days at home sitting in the sunlight, enjoying music and sharing her wisdom with Jesse and the family. Dorothy is survived by Debbie and Andrea, their husbands Ben Taylor and Wayne Randolph, her son-in-law Wayne Sanders, her grandchildren, Candace, Alex, Holle, Thomas and Jesse, her grandson in-law Jeffrey Aldred, her great-grandchildren, Melanie and Jacob and a host of other dear relatives
Relatives and friends are invited to Dorothy's Life Celebration on Saturday, January 15, 2021 from 10 to 11 AM and to her Requiem Mass at 11 AM at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 100 Washington Ave., Newtown, PA. Interment will follow in Forest Hills Cemetery, Huntington Valley, PA. Memorial contributions in Dorothy's name may be made to St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Music Program, 100 Washington Ave., Newtown, PA 18940.
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