Betty Christine Lewis, known as Christine, after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis, passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2020 in her home in Valley Center, California. Mrs. Lewis, 75, was the beloved spouse of over 50-years of William “Bill” Lewis also of Valley Center.
Born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, she was the third child of the late John and Theresa Rose (Balzer) Bleth.
Mrs. Lewis is predeceased by her brother, Charles Douglas Bleth of St. George, Ontario. She is survived by her sister Shirley (Bleth) Campbell of Brantford, Ontario and two sister-in-laws, Lois Bleth of St. George, Ontario and Linda Lewis Riccardi of Reading, Pennsylvania. She is also survived by 11 nieces and nephews: Jane (Campbell) Goldspink, Scott Campbell, Jeffrey Campbell, David Bleth, Craig Bleth, Lucinda (Bleth) King, Julie (Bleth) Kelley, Lisa (Bleth) Graham, Christopher Bleth and on her husband’s side Suzzane Forcucci and Lisa Woessner. She is also survived by 15 great nieces and nephews and 7 great-great nieces and nephews living in Canada and the United States.
Mrs. Lewis received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Literature from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and taught in Ancaster, Ontario until her adventurous spirit and quest for knowledge took her to Europe and the Middle East. During her travels, she met her soon to be husband, Bill, married him in Brantford, Ontario, moved to the United States where she and Bill lived in Berks County, Pennsylvania for twenty years. There she was the manager of a major travel agency and treasurer of Randall & Lewis, Ltd. formalwear and custom clothiers before moving to Valley Center.
During her thirty years in Valley Center, her major employment was managing the public relations and special events for the Escondido Chamber of Commerce. During her retirement, she was an elected member of the Valley Center Community Planning Group, a board member of the former non-profit organization Heart of Valley Center and more recently, for just one school year, a volunteer reading tutor for second and third grade students at the Valley Center Lower Elementary School, where she was loved by her young students.
Mrs. Lewis’s love of life and quirky sense of humor brought joy to her family and to her wide circle of friends, who miss her deeply. The belly dancing stopped several years ago but the vivaciousness continued to the end, even when the lung disease made it harder for her to tell her jokes and do her fine and very funny impersonations.
Because of Covid-19, Celebrations of Life will be held at a later date in Valley Center, California, Brantford, Ontario and Reading, Pennsylvania.
Condolences and any photographs will be welcomed by:
William Lewis, 13272 Hillstar Lane, Valley Center, CA 92082