JANESVILLE – Marilyn Janet (Ewing) Lewis, 88, of Janesville, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by the deep love of her family on Wednesday, December 29, 2021.
Remarkably, in Marilyn’s mind, she died very slowly, a few minutes after being surrounded by her sons and daughters-in-law in prayer and in thanksgiving at her bedside, after a battle of 2 and a half years against the Cancer.
Marilyn was born on August 5, 1933 in Richland Center, Wisconsin, daughter of Floyd and Freda Ewing. She married Francis Teach in 1952 and sadly became a widow with two young children, Terry and Roxanne, three years later. In 1960, she married Wayne “Bob” Lewis, of Richland Center, and they moved to Janesville. Together they had two sons, Randy and Steven, who raised their step family while living in Pershing Place for over 31 years. In 1992, as their four children were growing up, Marilyn and Wayne moved to a new home in Janesville, where they lived the rest of their lives together until Wayne’s admission to a special care facility and the death of Marilyn shortly after.
Marilyn enjoyed working at Cedar Crest Nursing Home for over 25 years until her retirement. She was a passionate Chicago Cubs fan and cherished the memories of the annual pilgrimages to Wrigley Field with her son, Terry. Until the end, she relished her beloved Cubbies’s World Series title in 2016. Marilyn also enjoyed 3-wheeling around the neighborhood, stopping frequently to chat with friends along the way. Marilyn had a tender heart for all of God’s creatures, beautifully exemplified by her adoption of sweet Cassie in 2009. Neglected, abused and brought to the Janesville Humane Society from a puppy mill, Cassie lived to the age of 17 years old, thanks to Marilyn loving and tender care. Many people will still remember Marilyn for her signature hug. Long, warm and freely given, Marilyn’s hugs were really special, and her family has no doubts that she is now hugging angels.
Marilyn deeply loved her children and their spouses, Roxanne (Teach) Coy, who passed away in 2014; Terry Teach (Kathy); Randy (Britney); and Steven (Kathy). She also had special relationships with all of her grandchildren: Stacy, Jennifer, Brad, Nick, Adam, Jacob, Jeremy, Zachary, Courtney, Ashley, Randey Lea and Lily. She is also survived by 19 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Floyd and Freda Ewing; her first husband, Francis Teach; his daughter, Roxanne (Teach) Coy; his brothers, Gordon, Lonnie, Lee and Larry; and her sister, Marveline (Ewing) Marshall.
The family wishes to thank the staff of the SSM Santé Cancer Center, particularly Dr. Jacqueline Mullvain and the chemotherapy team. Thank you also to Agrace Hospice of Janesville, for the incredible and compassionate care they provided to Marilyn and her family.
If so, donations in honor of Marilyn can be made to Agrace at www.agrace.org/donate.
All Faiths Funeral and Cremation Services of Janesville is honored to help the family. Expressions of sympathy and online support can be made at: www.866allfaiths.com.
A celebration of Marilyn’s life will take place at a later date. According to Marilyn’s wish, no official funeral service will take place. No stories. No fanfare. No flowers. She’s our Marilyn. Simple, graceful and grateful until her last breath.
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