JEAN LEWIS

Died: Sun., Sep. 29, 2013


Visitation

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Oct. 05, 2013
Location: University United Methodist Church


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Oct. 05, 2013
Location: University United Methodist Church


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Jean O. Lewis was born on March 8, 1923, to Oscar Duane Overbey and Margaret Gorham Overbey in Indianapolis, Indiana.  She was the second of five children, which also included, Juanita, Jean, Oscar Donald, Mildred and Camille.  She wa the granddaughter of Rev. Petis T. Gorham, founder of Gorham United Methodist Church, which merged with Simpson and Christ churches to become the present day University United Methodist Church. 
Jean graduated from Crispus Attucks High School in the Class of 1940.  She attended and graduated from West Virginia State College (now a University) earning her B.A. degree in Elementary Education in 1946.  She also attended Ball State University where she received her Master’s Degree and ultimately earned her M-R-S.  She later continued her collegiate studies at Indiana Central University.
On August 8, 1951, Jean was married to James D. Lewis, Sr. (her Ball State sweetheart).  Their union was blessed with two sons, James D., Jr. and Aric Gregory. 
Jean started her teaching career with the Indianapolis Public Schools (her 1st job) right out of college in September of 1946 and maintained that job for thirty-six years until her retirement in June of 1983.  Less than a year after retirement, she returned to the work force as a Substitute Teacher for another twenty years.  Jean was an exceptionally active woman. 
She was a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha and Phi Delta Kappa sororities.  She also was a West Virginia State Alumni and a Crispus Attucks Alumni member. 
She bowled with the Indianapolis Public School Mixed League and played tennis with the Capital City Tennis Club.  She loved music and in addition to playing the piano, she played for the North United Methodist Church Shepherd’s Ringers Hand Bell/Hand Chimes Group.  She traveled to France and England and even played for the Queen of England.  As a life-long, faithful member of University United Methodist Church and Mother of the Church.  She unselfishly dedicated her life to Christ in her stewardship service as a member of the Finance Committee, Trustee Board, Church Counsel, Communion Stewards, United Methodist Women and a loyal member of Tuesday Night Bible Study and Wednesday Night Prayer Service.  As her mother, before her, she has always placed God first at the center of her life, and has strived to bring HIS teachings and blessings to all those whose lives she touched….and in that she has succeeded. 
Mrs. Jean Overbey Lewis departed this life on September 29, 2013, at the age of ninety years.  She was preceded in death by her husband, James, Sr.; her youngest son, Arie Gregory and her grandson, James Lawrence. 
She is survived by her son, James David Jr. and grandson, Marcus Nuru; nephews, Norman, Donald, Dereck (Carol) Graves and Donald Overbey Jr.; nieces, Denise Overbey-Haliburton and Beth Ann (Sonny) Overbey-Bateman; her lifelong sister-friend, Mary Jane Chestnut; her god-daughter, Francesca “Nikki” Chestnut, Rhea Chestnut-Woodford and  Zion Chestnut; cousins, Alice Overbey and Larry Overbey, a host of loving grandnieces and grandnephews, her church family and friends. 

 

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Karen Armstrong
   Posted Thu October 03, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Ms. Lewis was a very special lady. Would love to see her come into the clinic with Scrapper. We could stand and talk for a long time. She will be greatly missed.
Karen

Theodosia Fay Duncan
   Posted Fri October 04, 2013
My condolences to James and the other family members. Jean will be remembered with love for all the laughter and love she gave to her friends. I will miss her sitting with me in church each Sunday. God will continue to bless you as we all remember her.
Love, Peace. Hope and Grace

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