|Birth: ||Jul. 27, 1905|
|Death: ||Apr. 13, 1991|
Los Angeles County
Nora Euniece was born to Harry Henry Lewis (12/?/1856 - 5/14/1919) and Sallie Minerva Palmer Perdew Leverett (3/?/1862 - ?/?/1926). She was the grandaughter of Charles Lewis (born 1824) and Lucretia Morris (born 1863 - 7/5/1901) Harry and Sallie had 10 children, my grandmother being the youngest. There was Joel, Lillie Belle, John, Lucy, Ruben, Bernard, Cecil, Woodley, Flossie, and Nora.
G'ma had all the qualities that could have put her in the dictonary with her picture next to the word "GRANDMOTHER. She was such a giving and caring person. Full of genuine love and compassion for everyone. Her heart was pure gold. We miss her so much. I can remember how my G'ma would crochete blankets, slippers, toilet paper holders, I mean she could make anything out of a needle and yarn. G'ma was an awesome cook, unfortunately that wasn't a trait that I picked up from her. I know she and G'pa owned a restauraunt in Los Angeles, California by the name of "Lears Louisiana Kitchen." I just loved all her food. Her fried chicken, greens, pork skins, grits, home-made cookies, you name it if G'ma made it you were for sure coming back for more, and more and more. She had a apple cobbler you'd die for, not to mention her lemon meringue pie that we would prefer over birthday cakes. G'ma always had snacks at her home for us. Vanilla Wafers were a favorite. She grew her own cucumbers, and she would soak them in vinegar, pepper, sugar, and seasoning salt, put them in the fridge, and they were just delicious. I just LOVED them. I remember not a morning would go by in which she did not have her daily tea and toast, and would watch two soap opera's no matter what. The Young and the Restless, and As the World Turns. She had a green thumb when it came to gardening. She had rose bushes and other flowers around her home that would bloom so beautifully from all the love she poured on to them. I loved spending the night at G'ma's house. When we would go to sleep, I remember I could see her silhouette in the dark sitting up. I would wonder what is she doing because I could hear her mumbling. It wasn't until one day after this nightly ritual that I asked her what was she doing, and her reply was "Saying my prayers." I know my G'ma is in eternal paradise, and I look forward to the day I will see her again.
Although I was 20 when G'ma passed, I am so grateful for all the memories I have to hang on too. One day back in the mid 90's I went to wash my hands and the soap there was Palmolive. As soon as I put it on my hands the fragrance brought tears to my eyes and at that moment I felt G'ma there. I held my two hands side by side and turned to my sister asking her "what does this remind you of?" Her reply was, "G'ma." I'm not sure what that smell means, if palmolive was the soap that G'ma used, but that scent has an affect on me. Amazing how the small things have such an affect on us, bringing back memories. I remember when children would cry, she would say "no chin music," or the threat of her going to hit someone with her slipper when they got out of line was a joke. We knew G'ma didn't have it in her. Yet her threats were enough to get anyone to settle down. She would not drive in the dark, so if she was over and the street lights came on, G'ma was spending the night. We loved that. So often we would just talk and talk in hopes the street lights would come on so she would spend the night. I also remember that whenever we wanted to talk to G'ma, we would call her phone and let it ring once. Then she would call back. Not a night went by in which Gma did not call before going to bed. We always knew that when the phone rang around 9 o'clock, it was G'ma going to bed. I remember a few times it was after 9, so we would ring her phone, and she would call back not realizing it was after 9 because she was watching a show on television. Oh, such sweet moments~
G'ma has 5 grandson's from my aunt Cornelia. They are Robert, Steven, Kevin, Todd, and Scott Lee. Being that she is 19 years older then my mom, her children are much older then I am, so we did not grow up with them. In fact my mom and her nephew Robert are a week apart. She's the oldest, but that is only because she was born at 7 months due to my grandmother having placenta previa. This is all documented on her birth certificate, along with her being a twin. G'ma has 6 grandchildren from my mom. There is TO, Edward, Shannique (Me), Norman III, Jilai and Tayana. So all together G'ma has 11 grand children. 7 grandson's and 4 grandaughters. From the 11 Grandchildren she has 23 great-grand children, Great grand children are Damaris, Scottie, Adrian, Jovaun, Lonjay, Corey, Hailey, Heather, Melissa, Courtney, Noralia, Kamarri, Eileen, Leilia, Shaniece, Shyanne, Tayon, Nikko, Norman IV, Kira, Mathyus, Brandon, Keonahi'ilani, and Andre. 12 are boys, and 12 are girls. She has two great-great grandaughter's. One is Madison, who is the great-grand daughter of my aunt Corey, grand daughter to my cousin Scott, daughter to his son Scottie. And Kiana who is great-grand daughter to my mom, grand daughter to Tafvolaun, daughter to her son Damaris. And a great great grandson Volaun who is also son of Damaris, grandson of my sister Taffy, and great granson to my mom.
I named my first daughter Noralia after Nora my G'ma, and Alia my best friend (who also passed, & is on Find A Grave). G'ma is truly missed. She married Thomas Calvin Lear (9/24/1905 - 6/13/1979) May 20, 1925. They had 4 children, Cornelia Euniece, Thomas Henry, Norida Louise and Norma Lucille (twins). Norma was stillborn.(also on FAG)
Cause of death was Cardiorespiratory Arrest, along with complications due to a STAPH infection. She died at the age of 85.
Harry Henry Lewis (1856 - 1919)
Sallie Minerva Leverett Lewis (1862 - 1926)
Thomas Calvin Lear (1905 - 1979)*
Cornelia Euniece Lear Lee-Fallas (1925 - 2014)*
Norma Lucille Lear (1945 - 1945)*
John Delmarie Nathaniel Lewis (1886 - 1945)*
Ruben Samson Lewis (1890 - 1982)*
Bernard Obediah Lewis (1894 - 1972)*
Woodley Carl Lewis (1897 - 1982)*
Nora Euniece Lewis Lear (1905 - 1991)
Angelus Rosedale Cemetery
Los Angeles County
Created by: Nique
Record added: Jan 02, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5131869