Ella Mae Lewis (83) of Florida, formerly of Effingham

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Published on June 11 2012 8:14 pm

Ella Mae Lewis, 83, of Winter Park, Florida, formerly of Effingham, Illinois passed away at 4:40 a.m. Thursday, June 7, 2012 after losing her fight with leukemia.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 13 at Bauer Funeral Home in Effingham with a visitation being held one hour prior to services. Ella will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery, Effingham. Her family wishes that donations be made to the "Wounded Warrior Project" in her honor. Donation information is available at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.  Online condolences may be left at www.bauerfh.com.

Ella was born March 26, 1929 in Macomb, the daughter of Earl and Cordia (Bice) Kline. She married Lyman Lewis and he preceded her in death in 1974. She was a retired teacher of 36 years at Neoga Elementary School. She owned Nature's Way Health Food Store in downtown Effingham. She was the secretary of Belles and Beaus of Orlando, Florida. Her many joys in life included caring for her grandchildren, traveling, dancing, gardening and knitting. Known to many as Miss Ellie, she loved her family, God and her country.

She is survived by five children, Cathy (husband George) Wenthe of Effingham, Cindy (friend Tomas) Lewis of Winter Park, Fla., Tim (wife Tami) of Charleston, Stephen of Los Angeles, Calif. and Tad (wife Melody) of Winter Park, Fla.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Lyman "Lou" Lewis.