December 24, 1924 – December 31, 2020
It is with great sadness that I announce that my mother, Nathalie Jewett Lewis, passed away peacefully on December 31, 2020, just days after her 96th birthday. She was born on December 24, 1924 in Ware, Massachusetts to Everett P. and Mae V. Jewett. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Everett P. Jewett Jr., and William A. Jewett; her former husbands, Donald E. Smith, the father of her three children, and RH "Bob" Lewis; and her son, David S. Smith. She is survived by her son Douglas J. Smith and her daughter, Deborah B. Schmidt, both of Rochester; her grandchildren Eric, Tim, Mark, and Meghan; and great-grandchildren Alayna, Dylan, and Grace.
Mom's life was full of new adventures as she moved to new cities in support of Dad and his career. From Lexington, VA to Rochester, NY, Dallas, TX, and Rancho Santa Fe, CA, through her love of tennis and bridge, she met and made lifelong friends wherever she went. She became an enthusiastic volunteer in areas important to her including children's health, music, and scouting. Of all of her roles, the one she treasured most was that of grandmother, which she embraced with unabashed joy. She entertained them for two weeks every summer with all of the kid friendly activities she could find.
After a stop in Washington State, Mom spent her last several years as a resident of St. John's Home in Rochester, NY, where she was loved by many, both residents and staff. You could find her wheeling around on her walker, stopping by offices to say hello, or just seeing what was going on outside her Yellow House 'neighborhood' door. It seemed like everyone at St. John's knew here name, and spoke of her as a "great lady". I think that would please her.
The family requests that remembrances be made in the form of charitable contributions to Griot Arts at https://griotarts.org