Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Patricia Lewis

Patricia Lewis, loving mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on Feb. 24, 2008, surrounded by three of her children and with her other child watching over her from above.

Patricia was born in 1930 in Hillsdale, Mich., to Harry and Irene Voorhees. She attended Kalamazoo College and the University of Minnesota. She then attended art schools in Minnesota and San Francisco. Patricia stayed in San Francisco working for advertising agencies Batten, Barton Durstin & Osborn, Lennen & Newell and Allen & Dorward before marrying. After the births of her four children, the family moved to Ashland, Ore., where she worked in the advertising department of Harry and David and volunteered her time to Meals on Wheels and helping the elderly community.

Upon her retirement, she moved to Ketchum, Idaho, to be near her two grandchildren. There she designed T-shirts and labels for local businesses. In her later years she lived in Novato, Calif., near her son Courtney and designed greeting cards and painted.

She is survived by sons Prescott of Ashland, Ore., and Courtney of Bel Marin Keys, Calif.; daughter, Paulette; son-in-law Michael; grandchildren, Austen and Ali Butler of Hailey, Idaho; sister, Lee McKay, and brother, Steve Voorhees, both of Fort Worth, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents Harry and Irene and one son, Cooper.

Contributions can be made to Ashland Parks Foundation, 340 S. Pioneer St., Ashland, Ore., in memory of Patricia Lewis.

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