Patricia Ann Lewis

November 2, 1942February 13, 2020

Patricia Ann Lewis, 77, of Newton, passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2020 in Beaumont. Patricia was born on November 2, 1942 in Galveston, Texas to the late Ervin and Annie Mueller. Patricia is survived by her loving husband David Lewis; sister, Ervina McCarvell and husband Tom; children, Rhea Scadden and husband Bill, Darryl Barnhill and wife Linda, Ronnie Hebert, Sr., Patsy Hohensee and husband David, Raymond Hebert, daughter-in-law Terri Barnhill, wife of Jay who preceded her in death; grandchildren, Eric Barnhill and wife Christy, and Austin Barnhill, Joshua Shenkir and wife Lauren, and Matthew Scadden and wife Cortney, Jessica Barnhill, Alexis Moon, and husband Blue, Ronnie Hebert, Jr. and wife Alyssa, Kourtney and Chelsey Hohensee, Wendi Browning and husband Jerry; great grandchildren, Trey, Nicholas, Hunter, Alaina, Elise, Claire, McKenna, Colbie, Hayden, and Dalton; nephew, Christopher McCarvell and wife Melanie; great nephews, Michael and Nathan, great niece Marissa; and numerous cousins.

Patricia grew up in League City, TX and lived there until she moved to Robertson County, TX where she lived until she married David Lewis in 1994 and moved to Newton County, TX for the remainder of her years. After retiring from AmeriGas Propane, Patricia and David began working with 5 non-profit organizations for plants, wildlife and mushrooms. Those included Gulf States Mycological Society (GSMS), North American Mycological Association (NAMA), Native Plants Society of Texas Pineywoods Chapter (NPSOT), Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society and Friends of the Louisiana State Arboretum. She served as Treasurer for of all those organizations, and she was on the board of directors for The Big Thicket Land Trust. Her love of travel took her all through the US and she and David traveled extensively through Mexico on tours and mycological expeditions, contributing to the record of mycological flora of both Mexico and the United States. They also hosted nationally and internationally renowned mycologists and botanists at their home in Newton County, Texas. And of course, Patricia loved her family and enjoyed time spent with them as often as possible, always very giving and supportive, very proud of her children, nephew, and their families.

In Lieu of flowers the family request donations to: North American Mycological Association, mail to Melodie Gates - North American Mycological Association Treasurer, 1631 Lana Lane SW, Tumwater, WA 98512.


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Pauline Singleton

February 23, 2020

What a wonderful, wonderful person Pat was. I'm going to miss her, as will many other people. I have fond memories of her especially at mushroom hunts on Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve, Camp Hartner, and other places. She was so dedicated and such a hard worker. Always kind; always patient; always enthusiastic; always a good friend. I've included a photo taken on a happier day, of David and Pat doing what they loved so well. Rest in peace, Pat.

Barbara Morris

February 19, 2020

I so enjoyed visiting with Pat at Camp Hartner. She was the director behind the scene. She was very welcoming. She will be missed.

WDavid & Beth Fuller

February 18, 2020

Rest in peace Pat, dear friend to so many, lover of mother nature's fungal splendor and wild plant  wonderment, compassionate and helpful gentle soul, and constant fixture and bearer of the GSMS torch for all these years, which included interstate and international conferences and field forays along with her loving husband, David. Both befriended us fellow funguys immediately when we made our first foray/conference with GSMS many years ago. Since then she was the arms outreached and huge smile to welcome us that we always looked forward to. She was the mother in charge of the impossible mission of herding us cats, keeping the foray on agenda, and leaving no one out of the findings, sharing, and fun.

We will miss her so very much and send David and other loved ones our deepest condolences 😢.

Betty Mayo

February 18, 2020

I have known and loved Pat when I met her after marrying her first cousin Herman Langley in 1962. I could always count on her for a kind word. We spent a lot of time together then and my daughter Lorna Langley now Lorna Carpenter. Although after she remarried we did not keep in touch as much as she was so busy traveling. But I will always remember her beautiful smile and eyes. She will always be loved and missed.

Zoe Deffendoll

February 16, 2020

I can remember as far back as 4 years old. And Miss Pat and my Momma being best friends and more like sisters. They were always there for one another. And Miss Pat would never hesitate to whoop our behinds whenever we needed it. Or give us a BIG hug and kiss as well. She was my second Momma growing up and I loved her beyond words. Her beautiful smile and contagious laugh always could cheer me up through the years. My sisters and brother always had the utmost respect for Miss Pat and loved her. She was a truly strong, beautiful, kind, caring, compassionate, and gentle soul. R.I.P Miss Pat we love you and we will see you again.

Brenda Musia

February 16, 2020

I'm not sure I would have made it in life without Pat, she was my saving grace many times over as I was growing up. She was basically a Father to me, as she was the strong one in her and my Mother's friendship. My fondest childhood memories all have her in them. No matter what I needed or when, she was always there to help me. I loved her dearly and my heart hurts knowing she is gone. She was a beautiful soul and the world is a darker place without her. I know that when my time comes, she will be one of my saviours welcoming me with open arms. Rest in peace, Pat.

ken crouse

February 15, 2020

So Sorry to hear this news. I recall the foray at Tlaxcala, Mexico with Pat and David. I believe we all had a pretty good time! Cindy&I send our heartfelt condolences. And much love to David and their family!

Tony & Leilani Rosenbaum

February 15, 2020

Tony & I will forever miss Pat as she & David both consider us their children. They believed in us & encouraged us to build Shroomdom! They stood with as we were married in our front yard !+* We are greatful Pat was in our lives . May her Beautiful Soul rest in Peace !+* Leilani & Tony Rosenbaum will

Annette Parker

February 15, 2020

I have known and loved the Lewis's for over 10 years. Pat served not only with GSMS and NAMA, but with the Louisiana Native Plant Society, Cajun Prairie Preservation Society, and with Friends of Chicot State Park.
Pat and her enormous personality defy description. Whatever she did, she did well. Although David is the GSMS President, we all know that Pat did the hard work of organizing the people and the events. We all did whatever she suggested. She cannot be replaced and will be greatly missed. My grief is heavy and personal as Pat was a treasured friend.