The sudden passing of Althea Lewis came as a shock to many who knew her. Lewis died at her home Nov. 21. A special celebration of life has been set for Nov. 29 at the Stagecoach Saloon. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Sudden passing of Ponoka teacher a devastating loss

Althea Lewis, former music teacher of Ponoka Elementary School has died

The sudden passing of Althea Lewis has left a hole in the hearts of those who knew her.

The former Ponoka Elementary School music teacher died Nov. 21 at the age of 64. Lewis is well-known in the community of Ponoka and taught in its schools for many years. She also helped the musical side of production at the Klaglahachie Fine Arts Society plays and was involved in many aspects of Ponoka as as well as the Ponoka Stampede Association’s talent show.

“She will be remembered and loved by her family, students, and all who knew her,” states her obituary on Wombold Funeral Homes (Click here to read the obituary).

There are many who knew Lewis and what she brought to the table was a joyous spirit that one couldn’t help but emulate. Rather than shed light on her own self, Lewis was one who would deflect that onto others.

“Althea is the loving wife of Donnie Lewis; the loving mother of sons Nathan, Adam, and Todd (Jula); the loving sister of Howie Rowland; the loving grandmother of Konner Lewis; and the loving daughter of Elva Lewis,” states the obituary.

For those who want to show their appreciation, the family asks that in lieu of flowers to please send donations to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Alberta Music Foundation, or the Canadian Mental Health Association (Alberta Division).

A celebration of her life is set for Nov. 29 at the Stagecoach Saloon at 1 p.m.

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