Jennie Auburna Lewis
January 25, 1944 – December 16, 2019
On December 16, 2019, a beautiful soul passed surrounded by husband, David, her sons, their spouses and her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly. Jennie Auburna Lewis was 75. Despite numerous physical challenges during her last years, Jennie remained active, regardless of inclement weather or family concerns. She could be found attending sports and band events, book club activities, lunches with classmates, writing the Kingsley Library Newsletter, frequenting resale shops for “treasures”, and encouraging friends and children to join her for regional cultural events. As a Traverse City High School graduate in 1962, Jennie had already gained recognition as the Yearbook Editor and a member of the TCHS Ski Team. She then became this area’s first Rotary Exchange Student, earning a one-year scholarship to study at the university in Santiago, Chile. This challenging immersion in Chilean culture and language served as a launch pad for many subsequent accomplishments. Over the years, Jennie donated her time to numerous community causes. One of which, was as a founding member of Kingsley Friends of the Library (K.F.O.L.), where she served ten years as treasurer and helped drive the capital campaign to build the new Kingsley Branch Library. Her passion for gardening helped establish the Children’s Garden in Kingsley, furthering her pride and support for the community where she and her husband had raised their family. For 27 years, she added her best to the Manton community as a teacher of Spanish, French, English and the junior high Quest program. She planned, fund raised, and traveled with language students to Mexico, Spain, and France about every other year. She was awarded “Teacher of the Year” by Manton Public Schools during her years there. Jennie was an avid gardener and flower arranger. She contributed many beautiful flower arrangements to local events and planned many garden walks in Kingsley. She was truly an example for all who wish to live a life of service to family, friends, and community. She was deeply loved. She will be forever missed. Jennie is survived by her husband, David; sons, Charles David (Robin), and Donald; grandchildren, Nicholas, Joseph, Trevor, Grace, Stella, as well as the family of Jamie (Nicole ”Cookie”) Mullin, to include, Mikaila, James, Ayden, and Lilly, whom she considered part of her family. Also surviving are sisters, Margy (Jim) Goss, Sally (Pete) Doneth, and mother, Maxine Meach. Jennie’s birth mother, Amelia Jean, and father, Dr. Charles L. Meach, II preceded her in death. Her determination as well as the significance and gravity of her life’s endeavors were perfectly balanced by her wonderful sense of humor; she loved a good joke and enjoyed and excelled at passing that joke on. On the family’s many camping trips, friends and grandkids alike would gather around her at the fire, captivated by the stories she articulated so beautifully. This spring, on a date still to be determined, Jennie’s family and friends will gather once more to celebrate a life well lived. You may contribute in Jennie’s memory to the organization to which she gave so much of herself, the Kingsley Friends of the Library.
Jennie Auburna Lewis
February 9, 2020
Mrs. Lewis was a great teacher! I was in her Quest class and 2 years of Spanish. We always had a lot of fun in class and working on fundraisers for Spanish Club. I am very thankful that she contributed many extra hours to the Spanish Club, ensuring that many of us had the opportunity to take a fun, educational trip to Mexico. I was very happy to run into Mrs. Lewis at the Kingsley market a couple of summers ago. It was nice to see and visit with her. She was always so kind!
January 5, 2020
I was so sorry to hear the news of Jennie's passing. She was a great person and devoted to the library in Kingsley. You have my sincere condolences.
December 22, 2019
My wonderful cousin Jennie was always kind, humble, and selfless. When I was just 12 she taught my sister and I how to sew. It became a lifelong hobby of mine and I'll never forget how patient she was with us. Having moved to Florida I did not see Jennie as much as I would have liked to, but every time I did see her she always made me feel special and loved. Jennie's middle name, is my mother's name, Auburna, and my mother loved Jennie like a daughter. They became close when Jennie and Dave lived in our hometown of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Jennie's above and beyond devotion to her students is characteristic of her caring heart and service to others. She will be dearly missed.