In Memoriam: Betty Jean Saleeba Lewis

Betty Jean Saleeba Lewis | March 16, 1931 - August 16, 2022
Betty Jean Saleeba Lewis | March 16, 1931 – August 16, 2022

March 16, 1931 – August 16, 2022

Betty Jean Saleeba Lewis, 91, passed away August 16, 2022. Betty Jean, “B.J.”, was born in Jacksonville on March 16, 1931 to Thomas Anthony Saleeba and Beulah C. Sara Saleeba. She graduated from St. Paul’s High School, attended Rollins college, and graduated from the University of Florida. She married A. Noody Lewis in 1955 in Jacksonville, FL. When she met her “sweet” husband, they shared in their passion for all things family and the University of Florida.

She lived her dream by raising a big family as well as being involved in the community. One of her passions, besides her family and the Gators, were her lifelong bridge friends. Influenced by her upbringing, Betty was known to be a nurturing, caring woman, devoted Catholic, a selfless soul and faithful in her mission to better those and the world around her, always believing that everyone deserved to be acknowledged and respected.

She was the matriarch of a large and loving family. She was predeceased by her parents, her beloved husband A. Noody Lewis, brother Raymond Thomas Saleeba and son-in-law Robert L. Maige.

She is survived by her children: Anne Marie Maige, Terrie Wightman, Richard Lewis (Lorie), Mary Helen Sullivan (Keith), Christine Johnson (Joseph), and Michael Lewis (Keith). Grandchildren: Jordan Wightman Totten (Charles), Sara McKay Wightman, Hunter Sullivan, Hart Sullivan, Catherine Maige, Hayden Sullivan, Katie Shannon, and Michael Shannon. Great grandchildren: Charlie and Riley Totten; sister-in-law Mary Lewis and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to extend its deepest appreciation to her caregivers Alfreda Wilson, Gwendolyn Duncan, Janet Harris, and the staff of River Garden. In addition, we thank the staff of San Jose Country Club. And lastly to Dr. Louis Akra and his staff for his care and dedication.

The funeral mass was celebrated on Saturday, August 20 at San Jose Catholic Church. Interment in Oaklawn Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to Catholic Charities and Bishop Kenny High School. Hardage-Giddens, The Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Boulevard.

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