Florida-Suann Lewis died Thursday, April 21, 2011in St. Anthony’s Hospital, St. Petersburg, FL. Born in Miles City, Montana, she was the daughter of the late William and Mary (Rice) Lewis. Suann had a lifetime of diabetes and cancer but coped with ill health by doing arts, crafts and sewing. She operated a web site “Whimsicolor Design Studio” where she displayed her assortment of greeting cards. Her drawings consisted of a series of animated characters referred to as the “Gardenia Gals”. She was enthusiastic about her cats, usually strays that she rescued. She was interested in Disneyworld, and was a Star Trek fan. After losing one of her legs and being confined to a wheel chair, she took the train, by herself, to New York City to attend a Graphic Art convention.
Suann is survived by her sisters, Maureen Hayes of Wilmington, NC, Anita Williams of Joppa, AL, Cathy Langham of Morris, AL, and Peggy Keith of Paduca, KY.
In her honor, donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, Suite 295, 4902 Eisenhower Blvd, Tampa FL 33634. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 12:00 noon, in St. Mary’s Church, Putnam, CT. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery immediately following the Mass. Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT is in charge of arrangements. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com