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CATHERINE LEWIS (published on March 05, 2011)

CATHERINE LEWIS Catherine 101 ! Catherine Lewis (nee Cull), born Edinburgh January, 1910 died in Kelowna March 1, 2011. She was predeceased by her son, William Richard Lewis of Vancouver in 2006 and her Canadian husband William Lewis in 1994, a Second World War decorated veteran, who was laid to rest in Grande Marais, MB. Catherine came from a large and happy family. She, and her 10 siblings, grew up in the Grassmarket of Edinburgh, the old city, beneath the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. Her memories of that time were wonderful; many excursions to the seaside at Portobello with her loving family and friends, cozy family stories about Sunday church and coming home to Tommy's home-made soup . Catherine worked in a munitions factory during the Second World War and her stories about sleeping in bomb shelters, hearing the heavy drone of enemy war planes overhead were fascinating. She had a beautiful singing voice and often sang songs from that period to her two children, Billy and Kathleen; It's a Long Way to Tipperary , When the Planes Fly Over the White Cliffs of Dover and many others. When she came to Canada, she brought with her that resilience, strength and optimism. Catherine, a private person, loving and gentle, walked her own road. Her tolerance for impoliteness, disrespect, insolence or cruelty was zero. Coming from a long line of devoted Catholics (Irish Catholic father) her makeup was such that she broke life-long ties to the Catholic church upon discovering the abuse issues. She did this quietly, knowing that she could pray anywhere and God would hear. One of her brothers emigrated to Australia, another (Jimmy Cull) to Canada. Her sisters, Nancy Adams, Molly Michie and Jean Howe continued to reside in Scotland and England until their deaths several years ago. Her nieces live in England, California and New Hampshire. After leaving Scotland, Catherine lived in Winnipeg until 2008 when she decided to move to Kelowna, to be close to her daughter and other family members. Overall, she was in very good health until the last several months. Survived by her daughter Kathleen Lewis of Kelowna, along with three grandchildren Colin, Sandra and Jennifer Zoobkoff, four great- grandchildren Tanner, Christopher, Cailey and Sarah, all of Kelowna. Mom, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.


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