Burdine Armstrong Lewis was born on February 25, 1936 in Preston, Idaho to William Thomas Armstrong and Ida Louise Shumway. She was the third of 4 girls. She returned to her heavenly home on November 9, 2021 to be reunited with her eternal companion, Wesley Elwin Lewis, Jr.
Burdine was raised on a wheat farm in Robin, Idaho with her parents and three sisters, Raona, Shirley, and Norita.
In high school, she played the drums in the band and was a cheerleader her Sophmore, Junior and Senior years. She was voted “ Outstanding Student” her junior year by the students and teachers.
It was in high school that she met her future husband, Wesley Lewis. They married May 28, 1954 in the Idaho Falls Temple, a week after she graduated from high school and moved to Mesa, Arizona where he was in training with the U.S. Air Force. After Wesley was honorably discharged from the Air Force they moved to Pocatello, Idaho where Wesley attended Idaho State University and then a year later transferred to Utah State University where he received his degree in Forestry. During these years Burdine kept busy raising their little family.
In 1960, just after Wesley graduated from college, with their 3 little children, they moved the family to Redding, CA. She was very busing taking care of kids which soon grew to 5, while Wesley worked and served as Bishop on their church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They lived in Redding for 9 years before Wesley took a promotion to be the District Ranger of the Paloma National Forest in Escondido, CA in 1969. It was in Escondido that their last child, Cody was born. Burdine served in the youth programs at church while Wesley was called to Bishop again. Burdine worked hard to raise her children in the gospel and to love the Savior as she did.
In 1978 the family moved again to Sonora, CA where Wesley would later retire from the Department of Forestry and work full time as a realtor. Burdine received her realtor license also but never got to use it as Wesley was diagnosed with dementia and she became his full-time care giver. She cleaned houses and delivered newspapers to help make ends meet. They lived there for 18 years before moving to Elk Grove, CA to be close to their children and grandchildren in 1996. Her husband Wesley, passed away in January of 2005.
She is preceded in death by her parents William T. Armstrong and Ida Louise Shumway, her oldest sister Raona Ovatd, her husband Wesley Elwin Lewis, Jr., and two granddaughters, Lauren And Jocelyn Lewis.
She leaves behind her two sisters, Shirley Facer and Norita Christensen and her 6 children: Doug Lewis, Bill Lewis, Loralee Lemon, Teresa Lemon, Todd Lewis and Cody Lewis. She has 26 grandchildren and 56 great grandchildren who all loved her dearly!! She will truly be missed by all!!
Friends and family are invited to attend her funeral service on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 10am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (6711 Seasons Drive, Elk Grove CA.) Interment following at East Lawn Elk Grove. PRICE FUNERAL CHAPEL (916) 725-2109), directors.
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