Joan Stewart Lewis, 90, left this existence peacefully surrounded by her family. She was born June 4, 1930, in Oakley, Idaho, to John Calvin and Thea Mae Butler Stewart. She passed away in Spanish Fork, Utah, on April 9, 2021.
She grew up in Idaho and Oregon. She had fond memories of learning to swim in the canal and play in the coolee’ when she was young. When she was a young adult, she moved to Utah to live with extended family, during which time she met her sweetheart, Lawrence (Larry) Grant Lewis. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple, May 10, 1951. They would have celebrated their 70th anniversary next month. They were blessed with seven children: LeAnn, Riki, Kevin, Peggy, Shelly, Stewart, and Scott.
Joan loved to sew. She made her own clothes. She sewed beautiful dresses for her daughters and granddaughters. She sewed and quilted beautiful quilts and blankets for her family. She did beautiful crewel embroidery pictures, embroidered pillowcases and dishtowels. She crocheted and knitted hot pads and wash cloths. All of her family and friends have been the recipients of these. She loved to garden and grow flowers. She had a green thumb. She also loved to arrange silk flowers and always had them in her home. She was a good cook, baked homemade bread, and canned and dried food for her family. She loved to read and enjoyed that up to the end. Later in life, she took piano lessons and got pretty good. She and Larry started a Puzzle Day when they invited their neighbor to come over. It evolved into a weekly thing where anyone was welcome. They would do a puzzle, visit, and enjoy lunch together. Her freezer drinks were often enjoyed. A lot of memories were made.
Active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joan served in many callings. One of her favorite callings was being a Relief Society President (twice). She also served as Young Women’s President and in the nursery with Larry. She and Larry served a mission in the Philippines, Manila Mission.
Joan is survived by her children: Riki Lawrence (Brenda) Lewis, Kevin Paul (Brenda) Lewis, Shelly (Jay) Mason, Stewart Wayne (Angie) Lewis, Scott Calvin (Lori) Lewis; and two brothers, Paul (Sandra) Stewart and Richard Lynn (Pamela) Stewart; 26 grandchildren, 63 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild on the way. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Calvin and Thea Mae Stewart; two brothers, Calvin Douglas Stewart and Michael Stewart; their infant daughter, Peggy, and their daughter, LeAnn (Dan) Croft; a great-grandson, Ethan Lewis; and her loving husband, Lawrence (Larry) Lewis. We know there was a wonderful reunion.
Joan’s family would like to thank those from Yarrow Hospice and the staff at Legacy House for her care during her last months.
There will be a viewing on Saturday, April 17, 2021, from 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. with a funeral to follow at 12:00 noon at Walker Funeral Home, 187 South Main Street, Spanish Fork, Utah. Masks are required, per Covid-19 protocol. Interment will be at the Provo City Cemetery, 610 S. State Street, Provo, Utah following the service.
The Funeral Service will be broadcast live from this obituary page. Please return to this page on Saturday morning to watch the services.