September 26, 1926 – January 13, 2020
Gertrude Ellison Lewis (Gert), age 93, of San Antonio, Texas passed away Monday morning in Kerrville. She was born in Houston, Texas on September 26, 1926. She married Samuel Oliver Lewis, Jr. on August 28, 1948 in Houston; they were married for 50 years. Together they raised three children.
Gert was an active volunteer. Through the San Antonio Area Council of Girl Scouts, some of the positions she held were troop leader, day camp staff, cookie sale chair and service team member. She was a member of The Order of the Silver Trefoil. With the Alamo Area Council of Boy Scouts, she served as a Den Mother, Explorer Advisor, day camp staff and worked with international scouts as a member of the Hands Across The Border Committee. She was also on the National BSA International Committee and was staff on several National Jamborees. She was a recipient of the Silver Fawn Award, Silver Antelope Award and Wood Badge. She volunteered many years as an Ambassador at the San Antonio International Airport. She was an avid lifelong bowler.
She is survived by a son Alan Lewis and wife Linda and daughter Beverly Aldredge and husband Charlie. Grandchildren Mikaela McCrady and husband Peter, Aaron Lewis and wife Callie, Wesley Lewis and wife Maddie, Dustin Lewis, Teresa Aldredge and Rebecca Ince and husband Jared, brother-in-law John Grogg, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, John Alva and Hattie Althaus Ellison, husband Oliver Lewis Jr., son Michael Oliver Lewis, and sister Bernice Grogg.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Thursday, January 23, 2020 at Sunset Funeral Home, 1701 Austin HWY, San Antonio. There will be a private graveside service at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on Friday, January 24, 2020.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Alamo Area Council Boy Scouts of America (210) 341-8611 or alamoareabsa.org/waystogive/memorial.
- She is survived by a son Alan Lewis and wife Linda and daughter Beverly Aldredge and husband Charlie. Grandchildren Mikaela McCrady and husband Peter, Aaron Lewis and wife Callie, Wesley Lewis and wife Maddie, Dustin Lewis, Teresa Aldredge and Rebecca Ince and husband Jared, brother-in-law John Grogg, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, John Alva and Hattie Althaus Ellison, husband Oliver Lewis Jr., son Michael Oliver Lewis, and sister Bernice Grogg.
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sunset Funeral Home
1701 Austin Highway
Private Graveside Service
Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach
January 20, 2020
Mrs Gert Lewis -- one of my favorite people ever. Not only do I remember her as fun and friendly, but personable to all she met. From Boy Scout events my brother, Jim, attended, to Girl Scout events where area troops convened, Mrs Lewis was a bright spot inviting all to enjoy themselves. Living in the neighborhood, I'd often meet Mrs Lewis in HEB aisles. We'd chat for a moment before aisle congestion forced a goodbye for now. I will always be amazed, delighted, impressed, and a bit bewildered how she remembered so many facts about my family and I. I am greatly blessed to have known Gert Lewis. I'm thankful to have called her friend.
Joyce Briesemeister Holder
January 18, 2020
Friends for 58 years! The Lewis,' Spencers', Holder's and Briesemeister's all met in 1962 through Mac Arthur Park Lutheran Church and Boy Scout Troop 707 - Monday night dessert after the Troop meeting; loading Gert's blue & white station wagon with newspapers to make money for the Scout troop; celebrating birthdays and New Years together; being there for each other when Betty, Frank, Oliver and Breezy died; delivering Meals on Wheels; playing dominoes Sunday afternoon; and so much more!
We loved you, Gert, and we and so many others will miss you.
January 17, 2020
Gert and I met while both volunteering for the Girl Scouts. My family moved to San Antonio in 1976 and I don't remember exactly when we first met. ..but I do remember Gert and her willingness to share her knowledge of Scouting with others. Those of us who volunteered with Gert will share our memories when we get together. But the best memories will be those of her family and her many close friends...and my condolences to those...who will miss her very much.
Rose Marie Elsner
January 16, 2020
I knew Gert from the Volunteer San Antonio Airport Ambassador Program. I never had the chance to work with Gert but always had a chance to talk with her at the Airport events and meetings. She always was so nice to me and would wave or give me a hug when I came into the room. I would always tell her how beautiful and long her hair was. She would just smile and we would share a nice moment. She was such a lovely lady and will certainly be missed.
Rest in Peace sweet lady.
Rose Marie Elsner
Airport Ambassador Volunteer
January 16, 2020
Our sincere condolences to the family. While it's been several years since we have seen Gert, we have fond memories of her, Bonnie, and Elfay through the years. Those were some good times! We pray for God's peace and comfort in the weeks ahead.
Jo Ann Lieberman
January 14, 2020
So sorry to hear of Gert's passing. The summer after I graduated from high school I worked at Girl Scout Camp La Jita for most of the summer. When I got home after camp, Gert went out with me almost every day so I could practice driving my brother's hand-me-down standard transmission car and get my license. I passed my test on Friday just in time to start SAC on the following Tuesday. She had the patience my father didn't have to allow me to get my license and drive the car I inherited when my brother was sent overseas.