Margaret B. Lewis, 93 of Colchester, Illinois passed away October 13, 2020.
Margaret was born May 12, 1927 near Bardolph, Illinois, daughter of Ross and Rose (Thorman) Hinman. She married Bernard J. Lewis of Emmet Township on July 2, 1949. They purchased a home in Colchester, IL and raised their family there.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two infant sons, Douglas Mark and Stanley Wayne, her brother Wade Hinman, one sister, Lois Cox, and son in-law, Tom Reams.
She is survived by her five remaining children, Susan McSperritt, Macomb, IL, Steven (Cynthia) Lewis, Warrenville, IL, June Reams, Knoxville, IL, Rose (Jay) Garrison, Knoxville, IL, George (Kim) Lewis, Bloomington, IL, and Steve McSperritt.
Lovingly known as Grandma Squeezer, she will be missed by her nine grandchildren, Dennis (Jennifer) Reams, Karen Reams (fiancé Mike Puroll), James Lewis, Andrew (Katy) Garrison, Mark (Jennifer Kitch) McSperritt, Amanda (Chris) Lempke, Anna Lewis, Emily (Matt) Gerig, and Brett Lewis, nine great grandchildren, Karissa Kitch, Janna Reams, Natalie Reams, Madison Garrison, Catelynn Garrison, Charlotte Gerig, Hannah Gerig, Lily McSperritt, and Maverick Lempke, and one great great grandson, Aden Kitch.
Margie is also survived by her sister, Reta Foley and sisters-in-laws, Joann (Lewis) Moore, and Barbara Hinman, as well as her beloved nieces and nephews--the Williams, Lewis, Moore, Markley, Cox, Foley and Hinman families and her good friend, Evana Cassel.
Margaret graduated from Bardolph High School in 1944. After graduation she worked at Swift and Co. in Bushnell, IL, until her marriage. She converted to Catholicism prior to her marriage and served the church at many a chicken noodle dinner and rummage sale. She attended Sacred Heart and St. Paul Churches. During the latter years when she was unable to attend services, St. Paul Eucharistic ministers had been visiting with her regularly; the family is appreciative of their efforts to bring the church to her.
Margaret had so much love to share she also adopted the entire neighborhood, adults and children from the Porter, Butcher, Green, Coghill, Wetterick, Valla, and Louderman families as well as the Colchester Cyclones Softball team and all her children’s friends from grade school on.
She was an excellent seamstress, making much of the family clothing. Each Christmas, everyone looked forward to a new pair of flannel pajamas under the tree. She used her sewing skills to make countless wedding and bridesmaid dresses, hem pants, repair zippers, and sew on patches. Many times she rescued a distraught bride, prom attendee, cheerleader, band member, or police officer who needed her assistance to look their best or be appropriately attired. After her twin granddaughters were born in the St. Francis neonatal center, she annually sewed preemie clothing and crocheted hats and mittens for the St. Francis gift shop.
Margaret enjoyed flowers, was an avid reader and spent hours doing crossword puzzles, but her family and extended family were always her priority.
At the time of her death, Margaret was residing at Wesley Village Health Care. The family appreciates the kindness and sense of community offered by both residents and staff.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, October 24, 2020, at St.Paul Church in Macomb, with Father Adam Stimpson. Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Friday, October 23, 2020, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester. Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home from 8:30 A.M. Friday. Burial will take place at St. Paul Cemetery in Macomb
Memorials can be made to Colchester District Library, OSF Children’s Hospital NICU, or Donor’s choice. Online condolences to the family can be expressed to www.jonesmortuaryfh.com
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