It has been a year, Dec 17th, 2006

Mom, I cannot believe you are gone for one year. Your body is no longer in pain but your spirit lingers guiding us. Oh, I cannot believe you are no longer walking amongst us mere mortals. As your friends and family have said, Mom, you are an angel. When I am afraid or undecided or have a difficult moment, I know you are around to help me through the event.

I am not alone as you are at my side nurturing as you always have. You are at all of our sides, helping us through the difficult moments without you.

On my voyage, you put your hand gently on my back and guide my, assist me, and care for me as you have always done. When I have gone the wrong way you wait for me at the fork of road knowing I will need your support to choose the correct branch of my life. You are sitting at the crossroads patiently waiting for me to arrive. You believe in me and you give me your motherly advice based on love and concern.

In return for all the years you gave me and us, we will plant a tree. No, not good enough. We will plant 10,000 trees in your honor and in your memory. The trees will grow and provide us all with the essence of life. In your memory, your life’s energy will continue to provide us with life’s essentials. Love!

I love you and I sure miss you. When you left us, I did not want you to suffer any more, but I did not want to let you go. I am selfish. I care. I was afraid. It has been a year and I still miss you.

Love you

Barbara A. Lewis, 1931-2005: Beloved Wife, Mother, and Friend

Barbara Ann Lewis, 74, of Naples, died December 17, 2005. She had been a resident of Naples, Florida since 1991, coming from North Kingstown, Rhode Island. She was a member of Royal Wood Country Club, where she was active in the Ladies Golf League and the Theatrical Group and enjoyed playing Mahjong. She is survived by her husband, Francis A. "Frank" Lewis of Naples, her children, Steven (Cathi) Lewis of Painesville, Ohio, Daniel (Jane Cremisi) Lewis of Needham, Mass., Nancy (Randy Fay) Lewis of Centennial, Colorado, and Mark (Anthony Ramirez) Lewis of Orange County, California. Also surviving are her sister Lorraine Flint of Needham, Mass., seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

God saw you were getting tired,
and a cure was not to be. So He
put his arms around you
and whispered, “Come with me.”

In tears we watched you suffer
and saw you fade away.
Although we loved you dearly
we could not make you stay.

A heart of gold stopped breathing and
hard-working hands now rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.

Services will be held in Naples and in Needham.

Services in Naples, Florida on Monday, December 19, 2005

There will be two viewings in Naples, Florida for relatives and friends on Monday, December 19 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Fuller Funeral Home, 4735 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, Florida (map), (239) 592-1611.

Following the evening viewing there will be a celebration of Barbara's life at the Royal Wood Golf Club House located in Naples off of Rattlesnake Hammock Road. Open to all who would like to join friends and family for this celebration gathering.

Services and burial will be held in Needham, Massachusetts.

Services in Needham, Mass on Wed and Thurs 12/21 and 12/22/2005

There will be three viewings, a funeral, and interment in Needham, Mass.

Viewings: Wednesday, December 21, 2005
2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm, Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02492, 781-444-0201 (map)

Viewing before the services: Thursday, 9-10:00am
Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02492, 781-444-0201 (map)
Memorial Mass: Thursday, December 22, 2005, 10:00am
St. Joseph's Church, 1382 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02492, (781) 444-0245 (map)

Burial: Thursday, December 22, 2005, following the Memorial Mass
Saint Mary's Cemetery in Needham (map)


Donations in Barbara's memory may be made to Youth Haven, 5867 Whitaker Road, Naples, FL 34112.