On December 12th, 10 days prior to her 96th birthday, Betty “Carol” Lewis, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, peacefully left her earthly body and went to take her place in Heaven. Carol was born on December 22, 1924 to Goldie and Clyde Wilson. She was born at her family home on Eklund Park in South Bend, WA. The family loves to tell the story of her being born right on the dining room table; a table that is still being passed down through the family. Carol was somewhat of a tomboy in her youth and spent many hours swimming in the Willapa River. Most of that time was spent with her best friend Pat Remington. Her and Pat belonged to The Girl Scouts of America Troop 1 and she stayed close to those “girls” all her life. She was very involved in the South Bend Methodist Church, being baptized and married at the church and singing in the youth choir. At the age of 16 Carol met the love of her life, Pernal Lewis. Pernal and Carol were married for 57 years, before Pernal’s passing in 1998. Together they raised one son, Ron (Nancy) Lewis, and three daughters, Judy (David) Griffiths, Janet (Scott) Corey and Joyce (Ron) McKinney. Carol had a very close relationship with her daughters-in-law and sons-in-law and thought of them all as her children. She was very proud to tell everyone that she had 15 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. Carol was married to her second husband Robert Lewis from 2001 until his passing in 2006. During their marriage, the couple enjoyed traveling. Carol, and Robert’s daughter Cindy (Richard) Thomson, were very close. Most of her working years were spent opening oysters at several local canneries. She loved the camaraderie of working with the crews. She would jokingly refer to her job title as a Bivalve Engineer. Carol enjoyed working on houses with her husband, making miniature houses and quilting. She was always up for anything, taking her first ride in a bi-plane at the age of 90 and loving it. Everyone who knew Carol would describes her as a very special person with a kind and loving nature, always having a positive attitude and a happy smile. She was very quick witted and always loved to tease and laugh. She will truly be missed by all who knew her. A celebration of life will be held at a future date.
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