Born in Buffalo, NY, on December 5, 1943, Margaret (Peggy) Adams Lewis learned early from her Latin teacher mother, Ruth, and farmer father, Douglas, what hard work was. At a young age, she raised and sold her own vegetables and helped gather eggs from their hundreds of chickens. She was never afraid of a shovel, a chainsaw, or a list of chores and responsibilities.
An excellent student, she attended Florida Southern College to study ministry and education. She served her years of ministry as a Children’s, Christian Education, and Administrative pastor at Highland Park Nazarene for over 20 years. She also focused her love for youth in English and yearbook classes in Polk County Schools. She and the love of her life, Richard Lewis, each supported the other’s endeavors as complete partners.
Her greatest accomplishments include her lifelong love for God, her husband, her two daughters, and her many beloved grandchildren for whom she would have sacrificed anything.
A consummate list maker, admirer of a well-placed Oxford comma, and a loyal friend to multitudes who became her family, Peggy was known for her encouragement, witty humor, and boundless energy. Christmas will not be the same without one of her letters received in the mail.
She is preceded in death by husband, Richard Lewis, of Lakeland, FL. She is survived by her daughters, Kim George, husband Anthony, and sons Andrew and Jonathan of Waco, TX; Kelly Hunt, husband William and children Parker, Jacob, Amy, and Aaron of Gainesville, FL. She is also survived by brother, Bruce Adams, and wife, Delores (Chick), of Sarasota, FL, many nieces
and nephews, and two dear sisters-in law.
Due to COVID concerns for those of high health risk and for the patients Kelly serves daily, a celebration of life will be held this spring or summer.
In lieu of flowers due to no formal ceremonies, Peggy’s wishes were that donations be made to charities the grandchildren selected, as Peggy encouraged her grandchildren in each of their passions:
IPF Foundation https://ipffoundation.org/
Ocean Conservancy https://oceanconservancy.org/
Dysautonomia International http://www.dysautonomiainternational.org/
The Trevor Project https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
KIND (Kids in Need of Defense) https://supportkind.org/
Critical Role Foundation https://critrole.com/foundation/
Condolences may be sent to the family at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes.