February 24, 1930 – September 13, 2019
Shigeko Lewis, 89, of Port Orange, passed away peacefully at her Port Orange home on Friday, September 13, 2019. Shigeko was born on the island of Ie Shima in Okinawa, Japan, in 1930. As a survivor of the destructive forces WWII had on the island during her early teen years, Shigeko grew determined to make a better life for herself. She met Roy Lewis while she worked at a tiny Air Force base on her home island where he was stationed. They married, and moved in 1962 to the Daytona area with their three daughters, Toshiko, Mieko, and Joan. Shigeko loved this area, but also liked to travel, visiting relatives in Japan, taking a cross country road trip with Roy to Niagara Falls, and several visits to family in Georgia. She also enjoyed playing bingo as well as visiting casinos and taking casino cruises with her friends. Shigeko retired from the dietary department at Halifax Hospital. Shigeko and Roy were married 40 years until Roy’s death in 2000. She is survived by her daughters Toshiko Wilson and husband Jack. (Port Orange), Mieko Weiss (Houston, TX), and Joan Clipp and husband Mike (Port Orange). Since Roy’s passing in 2000, Shigeko lived with and was cared for by her grandson Doug Miller and his wife Alicia, and by her daughter Toshiko. Other surviving members include Toshiko’s sons Lee and Matthew Miller; Mieko’s son, Tye Weiss and three great-grandchildren, Kayla and Alayna Miller, and Michiko Weiss. Remaining immediate family in Japan includes her brother Yoshinobu, sisters Nobuko, Yetsuko, Fumiko and Hisako. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 5 pm at Volusia Memorial Funeral Home located at 4815 Clyde Morris Blvd, Port Orange, FL.
- Celebration of Life Thursday, September 19, 2019
September 19, 2019
I have a few: Mr and Mrs Lewis used to drop Joan off at the Aku Tiki to meet friends. I remember when the Lewis’ dropped Joan off I would be waiting in my car with the radio on. Three times I jumped out of my T-Birdwith the radio on and locked the car door, forgetting the keys. Twice they drove me to my hose about 7 miles away and pick up my extra set. I soon gave Joan an extra set in case I forgot again. The next time it happened I also left the engine running, & Joan left the extra set at her house! The Lewis’ drove all the way to their house to retrieve the keys. They were both very patient and gentle. Very kind. MRs Lewis would just laugh. She had a sense of humor about it.
My 2nd memory was that Mrs Lewis never forgot her culture. I thought that her traditions were awesome. When Joan and I met It was tradition to leave our shoes outside when entering the Lewis home. Mrs Lewis loves to cook her Japanese dishes. She was an amazing chef.
My 3rd memory is when Joan and Mike had their ribbon cutting in Holly Hill for the craft shop, Mrs Lewis was happily surprised that my son Justin could converse with Mrs Lewis in Japanese. Justin spoke a little loud so Joan’s mom could hear him. She would smile every time Justin would soak Japanese. Such a sweet memory.
Bunny and Ron Wing
September 17, 2019
We loved Aunt Shigeko, aka "Aunt Gay". Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.