Sadie <I>Barber</I> Lewis

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Sadie Barber Lewis

Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois, USA
Death 8 Apr 1974 (aged 104)
Knoxville, Knox County, Illinois, USA
Burial Knoxville, Knox County, Illinois, USA
Plot Lot 556 (unmarked)
Memorial ID 15382218 · View Source
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Sadie died at St Martha's Nursing home. She was 104 years old. Her husband Allen Lewis died in September of 1946.

She was survived by a nephew and a grand-nephew.

Mrs Lewis was a member of Allen Chapel African Methodist Episconal Church in Galesburg.

I want to add my personal experiences of living next door to Sadie. She was 87 years old when my mom and dad moved in next door. Actually, one house over. My Mom, Audrey Johnson Perry, would help Sadie out with Doctor Appointments, LP gas refills, etc. Sadie would tie a rag to her outside door handle to let Mom know what she needed. I forget the different colors but if she needed LP gas it was one color, if she was not feeling well, it was another. The city of Knoxville owned her property and let her live there in a trailer. In the 1960's a bank built a parking lot there. So at the age of 98, she moved to St. Martha's Nursing Home. It was being ran by Betty Pitts. Sadie had a room in the basement and seemed content. That was her home until she passed away in April of 1974.
She was always hard of hearing and used a magnifying glass to read. I remember at Christmas Time my mom would buy her a bag of Horehound candy. Didn't have to worry about me trying to sneak a piece... That stuff tasted nasty!
I remember mom taking her to the Doctor after she had been bitten by a rat while she slept in her trailer home. That was a scary thought for a young girl to hear.
I just wanted to personalize this for posterity.

Back in the 30's, Sadie and her husband raised her Great Nephew, Clarence Boston. He attended Knoxville High School and was the first African American to do so. He graduated in 1939. He went on, married, and had a family.

This is an unmarked grave.

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  • Maintained by: Cindy Anderson
  • Originally Created by: Florence Banks
  • Added: 15 Aug 2006
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sadie Barber Lewis (12 Oct 1869–8 Apr 1974), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15382218, citing Knoxville Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Cindy Anderson (contributor 46857538) .