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Barbara J. Lewis, 75, bank employee and active churchwoman

Sept. 26, 1941 – April 24, 2017

Barbara J. Lewis, of Amherst, a retired bank employee and active churchwoman, died last Monday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a lengthy illness. She was 75.

Born in Lackawanna, she moved to Buffalo with her family as a child, attended School 74 and graduated in 1959 from Bennett High School.

The mother of six, Mrs. Lewis worked in a variety of sales and office positions for New York Telephone, Sears, Jenss, Sarah Coventry and Tupperware. She also was a teller at Buffalo Savings Bank and Goldome and a customer service representative for M&T Bank.

She helped found Coordinated Youth Activities, a cultural enhancement program for children, and served for two years as president of Hansel and Gretel Inc., a family organization.

Originally a member of the First Baptist Church in Lackawanna, in the 1970s she became active at Calvary Episcopal Church, Williamsville, and was a board member of Corner House Nursery School in Williamsville.

At St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Buffalo, where she became a member in 1979, she served in the vestry, the Altar Guild, Episcopal Church Women, the Union of Black Episcopalians and the adult choir. She also was active on various committees with the Episcopal diocese and took part in Bible school classes at St. John’s Baptist Church.

She was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels and did outreach with Buffalo Christian Ministries.

Her husband of 40 years, Howard Lewis, assistant superintendent for federal programs in the Buffalo Schools, died in 2000.

Survivors include three daughters, Helena Brundidge, Holly and  Kimberly; two sons; Christopher and Shawn V.; two sisters, Carolyn Hunter and Marva Lewis; a brother, Rodney Lewis; and four grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 18 Sussex St.

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