Delia Loreen Lewis, 96, passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 14, 2021.
She was born on July 17, 1924 in Paris Center, Ohio to Roy and Gladys Shelton. Her siblings were Martha, Dorothy, William and Phillip.
After graduation, she worked at a beauty salon, was a bookkeeper, court stenographer and contributed to the war effort as a “Rosie the Riveter.”
Through her sister she met John Hansen Lewis in a motorcycle touring club. They fell in love and married on her birthday in 1948.
The couple attended Logan Chiropractic College in Missouri and welcomed their first born, John Craig William, while enrolled there.
After graduation and moving back to Barberton, Ohio, seven more children were to follow: Ava Marie, Kim Gertrude, Terry Ann, Shari Lee, Clifford Allen, Phillip Scott and Mark Hansen.
While raising eight children, she became involved in PTA and other local groups. After rejoining the workforce, she later retired from Summit County Human Services as medical intake supervisor.
Delia most enjoyed family gatherings, and Christmas was her favorite holiday. She loved the ocean and walking on the beach.
As years went by she earned her private pilot license, took up oil painting, spent hours gardening and after retirement was a fearless world traveler with and without Daddy.
Later they were at home between Lake Conroe in Texas and Ocean City, Maryland.
She was generous, dedicated and supportive. A devoted best friend and wife, loving mother of eight, grandmother of 22 and great-grandmother of 19.
John Craig William Lewis and his wife, Mary Starr (Ryan) Lewis have seven children (and 12 grandchildren): Kathryn Kim Lewis, Craig Ryan Lewis, Benjamin Hansen Lewis, John Vallin Lewis, Roselynn Marie Lewis, Daniel Nathan Hamilton Lewis, and Myriah Brynn Lewis.
Kathryn (Lewis) Johnsen and her husband, Tom Johnsen, have four children: Kaylee, Ryan, Lauren and Julianna.
Craig Ryan Lewis and his wife, Amanda (Sensel) Lewis, have four children: Mckenzie, Whitney, Brynnlee and Tanner.
Benjamin Lewis and his wife, TeriAnn (Cameron) Lewis, have four children: Caleb, Annalyse, Isaac and Kyrie.
Myriah (Lewis) Gibbons married John Gibbons.
Ava Lewis has one child, Zora (Zoey) Loreen Snyder.
Terry (Lewis) Lynette and her husband, Joseph Lynette, have two children: Joseph Patrick, and Amanda Rose.
Shari (Lewis) Dunphy and her husband, Michael Dunphy, have five children (and one grandchild): Paul and wife, Becky, Lauren and her son, Mario, Tom, Lindsay, Christopher and his wife, Sarah.
Clifford Lewis and his wife Laura have two children: John and Emma.
Phillip Lewis and his wife, Bridget, have two children: Brandi (Lewis) married Andy Chrzanowski, and Lacey Ann.
Mark Lewis and his wife, Debbie, have three children and six grandchildren: Ron and Sheila Cawthon and their children, Emma and Chase; Heath and Jen Wootton and their children, Paylea and Raylea; Daniel and Brooke Patel and their children, Elise and Liam.
Mom had a very long, happy and fulfilling life, always striving for the next accomplishment. She will be missed by so many.
The void she leaves will never be filled.
At last, after 24 years, she and Daddy will be together again. Rest in peace Mom, we love you and miss you so very much.
Arrangements are in the care of Eastern Shore Cremation and Funeral Service, 504 Franklin Avenue, Berlin, Maryland 21811. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.easternshorecremation.com.