It is with great sadness and joy, the family of Frankie Lewis announces her peaceful passing Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the age of 86 years old, when God called her home after a long battle with cancer.
Frankie was a loving Mother, Daughter, Sister and Aunt, born August 7, 1931 in Valdosta, Georgia, the youngest of four children, to Frank G. and Pearl (Truett) Condurelis.
She will be forever remembered by her beloved children and their spouses; Linda (daughter) and Felix Menendez and their children, Melissa, Michael and Matthew; Ted (son) and Melanie Lewis and their children, Ted, Lindsey, Robert and Ashley. She will be missed by her loving Great-grandchildren, Saige, Layla, Landin, Elijah and Aydin. Also, she will be forever remembered and loved by her nieces and nephews; Sandra and (Douglas) Brown, child Robert Williams, Janis Fox, children, James Holmes, Sean and Kyle Fox; Rebecca (Jim) Karousatos and children, Kristopher and Kyle Karousatos.
May of 1939, she was seven and half years old when she lost her beautiful sweet Mother to cancer. Two years later, her Father and siblings moved to Fort Myers, Florida. She was brought up in her Father’s restaurant business; with her siblings and none were shy to hard work ethic. In 1952, she married Ted Lewis and moved to Dayton, Ohio where she was a busy homemaker for their two children, Linda and Ted. Frankie always missed the “Florida sunshine” and the “sand in her shoes” and finally moved back to Fort Myers, Florida with her husband and two children in 1971.
Later, she obtained her real estate license and for ten years she marketed homes in Lehigh, Florida. She was always friendly, outgoing and never met a stranger.
Afterwards, she trained to be a Home Health Care Aid and loved taking care of the elderly. She always gave a 150%, especially for those patients that had out-of-state or no family. Cooking was like a hobby to Frankie. Her patients always received home cook food and that special homemade dessert that they craved. She would come prepared from the grocery store from the night before to make sure she had all the ingredients that would be needed.
As time went on, she retired as a Home Health Care Aid and enabled her daughter to work full time by watching her three children. Grandma was not the typical Grandmother. She soon whipped them in to shape. There was a time for chores, time for homework, time for bathes and a time for play.Though once in a while she’d stop everything to watch “Jerry Springer” and to the amazement of her daughter, finding her five years old watching it with Grandma! She’d just laugh and say “Well, that’s real life, he’s going to learn it sooner or later”.
Our Mom was always well manicured, from make-up first thing in the morning, nails painted and her trademark red hair and orange lipstick. She loved to dance, too, until the arthritis came along. After retiring, she’d beep bop around town in a radius of three miles from her home, driving her 98 Buick Roadmaster station wagon and shopping for her Grandchildren or going to the Post Office and of course, last stop to the grocery store to cook for a family of four, when it was only herself. She had a big heart and if she really liked you, she loved you and would give and give. Now, we won’t talk about… if she didn’t like you! We do pray God is helping her with that!
When out and about on her errands, she did have the unique ability to listen compassionately to other people’s problems. It was not unique for a stranger to be drawn to her, with opened heart and pour out their most personal problems.
Mom, Grandma, Great-grandma and Aunt will always be missed, loved and remembered because she loved us all so unconditionally and truly we’ll never know again anyone like her.
She has joined in Heaven with her beloved parents, George G. and Pearl (Truett) Condurelis, along with Ted Lewis (former husband) and her beloved sisters and brother-in-laws, Lourene and Tommy Summerlin, Rebecca and Frank Hemelgarn; brother and sister-in-law; Dean and JoAnne Condurelis and nephew, Dean “Dino”Condurelis; brother-in-law, Herbert Lewis and two sweet angels; Granddaughter, Kimberly Dawn Golden and niece, Lacey Holmes.