Margaret Lewis, of Merrill, died Monday, September 14, 2020, at Ascension St. Mary Hospital in Rhinelander. She was 72 years old. She was born on August 15, 1948, in Medford, a daughter of Plennie and Ann (Sommers) Dowden.
She was a graduate of Hamilton High School in Sussex in 1966.
She raised her family in Antigo, enjoyed cooking, gardening, and loved spending time with her family and friends.
Survivors include a daughter, Shellie (Kevin) Powell, Antigo; a son, Sean Straw, Antigo; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren two sisters, Ginny (Gene) Schultz, Patty Seidensticker; two brothers, Ed (Pat) Dowden, Martin (Lou) Dowden; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Lewis, parents, and eleven siblings.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, September 25, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery.
"Oh my gosh I am so heartbroken. I met Margie at TLC rehab while my mother was there rehabbing as well last winter. She took such good care of my mother Lillian. We became good friends. Last time I talked to her to tell her my mom passed august 26th. We always ended our call with ?love you? to each other and we meant it. Well now my mom and Margie are together again. Sleep well my friend. I love you. "
"Margie is what we all called her at the rehab center at Pride Tlc .
She was a amazing lady , unique in every way .
She was a joy to be around , she was both full of piss and vinegar, and love and laughter .
Never a day that went by that she didn?t make us laugh until our sides hurt or her smile that would brighten a room .
In many ways she brought out so much goodness in each of us and we are better people today because of her .
So many struggles Margie went through with her health , but she always remained positive through out it all , and always would encourage others .
Sometimes we just get residents that come and go . But Margie left a impact that i never ever forget . She became more then another patient but a friend I grew to love deaply .
We have all been blessed knowing her .
My prayers to the family
Penney Christianson CNA