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Margaret “Meg” Ann Lewis
10/21/1940 — 01/14/2023
From Richland, WA | Born in Wanette, OKWatch Service
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Celebration of Life
Margaret “Meg” Ann Lewis
Margaret “Meg” Ann Lewis (Abston) age 82, of Richland, Washington passed away on January 14, 2023, after a long, hard, courageous fight with Alzheimer’s.
She was born to Geneva and Curtis Abston in Wanette, Oklahoma in 1940. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, David Lewis; her three children Curtis Luttrell, Karen Lewis, and Vicki Lewis. Two very loved grandchildren Grady and Joseph Fournier. Her sisters Donna Gibson and Arline (Harry) Wegley, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Meg graduated from Grants Pass High School in Oregon in 1958. She then earned her nursing diploma from Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in 1961 in Portland, Oregon which began her long, distinguished career as a Registered Nurse. She worked in and ran multiple departments at Kadlec Hospital for approximately 30 years between 1970 and 2002. Meg also worked for a time at the Richland Clinic and in the Operating Room at Kennewick General Hospital.
Meg moved to Richland in 1969 to accept a job as a policewoman at the Richland Police Department. There she met the love of her life, David, who was an officer and the future Police Chief. Meg then went back into nursing when they married in 1970.
As a loyal and enthusiastic Seattle Sea hawks and WSU Cougar football fan, she and David were season ticket holders of both teams for many years. She enjoyed running marathons and relay races with David and good friends, even after turning 60. After retirement, she enjoyed extensive travel by RV all over the continental US and visited over 30 foreign countries. Meg volunteered in several different capacities in the community, to include serving as a Guardian Ad Litem, using her nursing skills at Grace Clinic, and donating her time at Chaplaincy Hospice House. She was well known for her loud, infectious laugh and joke telling wherever she went.
In her last months, Meg received excellent and compassionate care by the amazing staff at Callaway Gardens Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Kennewick, and from the staff at Heartlinks Hospice Palliative Care. Her family is so appreciative for everything everyone did for Meg, and for their kindness and support.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donation to the Alzheimer’s Association. Helping to find a cure was very important to Meg. She was a participant in studies conducted jointly by the VA hospital and the University of Washington, donating many hours of time and travel to help further their research.
We would like for family and friends to join us for the Graveside Inurnment at Sunset Gardens in Richland, WA on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 10:00am followed by Meg’s Celebration of Life at Events at Sunset starting at 11:00am.
We have wonderful memories of Meg, especially that infectious laugh of hers! She was an exceptional nurse, whip-smart and compassionate, and a devoted friend to many, including our mother.
To know Meg was such a blessing!
The Hammer Girls
(Glenna, Cindie and Marilyn)
I thought Meg was a really fun and positive person, who frequently shared her jokes and her great laugh with me when I worked at Kadlec. She was smart, kind hearted, and a recognized leader at the hospital … and she was also very pretty. My condolences to Dave and her family.
So sorry to hear of Meg’s passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family Dave. She was always so happy & helpful. I will dearly miss her infectious laugh.
I use to bowl with Meg .She had the funniest laugh. It made me laugh so hard my stomach hurt. I loved her smile, kindness.
I knew Meg only briefly but she made a lasting impression on me. I always wished we had had
more time to get to know each other. I will never forget a time when we as “hunting widows”
went out to dinner one night. Meg told us so many funny stories that the entire restaurant
was laughing along with us. Our deepest sympathy to Dave and family. Meg was just a gem.
A very dear friend and lady always thinking of everyone how much she gave to all and a fsntastis nurse she was great towork with and associate , May god be with you and family Dave we will miss her teribly Will always remember the great times we had together Jane Lohdefinck
Indeed, Meg was one of the best joke tellers I knew. I can still recall her hysteria with the “M.R.Dux” joke (look it up!)
She made the OR a fun place to be, despite the seriousness of the work there. Her nature disguised the fact that she was a very skilled and attentive OR nurse, insisting that everything be done the “right” way.
Patients who had her in the OR were very well cared for.
A life well lived!
Meg will be missed by all of us. She was smart, funny, and always there to help. I enjoyed bowling with her. Meg you are loved by all of us and we will miss your laugh and smile. Our prayers go out to you Dave and your family. Remember all the good times. You’re in our prayers. Denise & Max
It was a great privilege to have worked with Meg. She was a kind and compassionate nurse as well as a mentor and friend to those she worked with. She had never ending energy and the laugh and joke to make a tough day better. I became a better nurse and person for having worked with her.
You and Migot extended a warm and friendly welcome to me when I started at Richland RPD. I appreciated her sense of humor and high standard of professionalism. Though she is missed greatly by many my prayer for Migot is that she has found peace and rest and that strength is yours until you are together again.
Carl & Sam Randall Badgley
We were Cops once…and young. it was a time of pride and courage, and of building friendships for a lifetime. We were so blessed to know Meg… her laughter, and positive outlook, courage and loyalty.
It is our hope that Dave, Curtis, Karen, and Vicki and the Family can take strength and comfort from all of us that knew and loved her. She brought so much to all of us, and the world around her.
The sense of loss in Meg’s passing, is deep within all of us.
With Deepest Sympathy
My heart goes out to you all. She was a wonderful human being.
You were such a great lady…I always remember our time at RPD
My sincerest sympathies to Dave and the family. I babysat Curtis once after Meg moved to Richland and joined the RPD.
So enjoyed working with Meg, she was a hard worker with a great smile and of course, her infectious, unforgettable laugh
Prayers for peace for all,
Margaret “Meg” was a great woman. Judy and I have always considered her and Dave friends. She will be missed.