A community celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m., July 28, at Waldport High School in Waldport, Ore., for Donna R. Lewis. Ms. Lewis passed away May 31 at her home in Tidewater, Ore. She was 78.
Ms. Lewis was born Feb. 21, 1929, to George Richmond and Gladys Fuller Richmond in Salem, Ore. Her father was Lakota (Oglala) Sioux and a chieftain on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
In 1950 she married Donald Lewis while living in Toledo, Ore. The couple moved to Sacramento in 1955. Ms. Lewis learned the printing trade while working in a print shop in Sacramento and later worked for Aero Jet, printing documents requiring top security clearance. Ms. Lewis was also a successful businesswoman; she owned and operated three businesses in the Sacramento area.
Ms. Lewis was den mother for her son’s Boy Scout troop and active in Little League baseball. At the same time, she studied mime and clowning (under the tutelage of Emmett Kelly) and became Weeper the Clown, who entertained at Scouting and other civic events.
Ms. Lewis met Bobbie Hansen at a church in Sacramento. She visited Bobbie’s ranch, located between Auburn and Grass Valley, where they developed the property and resided for the next 20 years. The pair invested in property in Tidewater in 1990 and spent several months each summer upgrading and building until 2000, when they sold Bobbie’s ranch and moved to Tidewater permanently.
Ms. Lewis spent part of her summers playing the “gut-bucket” in Grass Valley senior bands and later in the Waldport Senior Band. For six years, she was the director of South Lincoln County Food Share.
Ms. Lewis always had an incredible gift of gab and keen sense of humor. She never knew a stranger nor ever forgot a friend.
Ms. Lewis enjoyed sports. She was a catcher on a women’s softball team, was a league bowler, was an excellent golfer and loved to fish. She rode motorcycles at an early age and continued riding until shortly before her death.
Ms. Lewis is survived by her life partner, Bobbie Hansen of Tidewater; children Cathy Steadman-Cox and her husband Jim of Eugene, Ore., Roger Lewis and his wife Mindy of Grass Valley, and Bill Lewis and his wife Linda of Rough and Ready; and grandsons Paul and Roger Lewis of Rough and Ready.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ms. Lewis’ name to Waldport Food Share, P.O. Box 2231, Waldport, OR, or to Samaritan Pacific Community Hospital, Outpatient Chemo Dept., Newport, Ore.
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