Sadie Lewis


A resident of the Dundas Manor in Winchester for the past seven years, Sadie Lewis passed away there on Monday, December 23, 2013. She was 95.

Sadie was born in Cardinal, on October 21, 1918, to her parents James and Nellie Lewis (nee Rice). 

Although Sadie was the oldest in a family of four children, she was the last to pass away.

Sadie married Cecil Lewis and they had two children: Miles and Emily. Emily died in 2004, but Miles is with us today, and he remembers fondly his mom baking on Saturday nights, while he listened to hockey on the radio. There were always bowls to scrape and spoons to lick.

Though just four foot, 11 inches tall, Sadie used to say she was 11 foot four and that was true as she was small but mighty. 

All her life, Sadie took care of others; her siblings first, then her mom, her husband, her grandchildren and her daughter. She treated people the way she wanted to be treated, with kindness and compassion.

Money was often scarce in Sadie’s life, but she always managed to come up with gifts for her loved ones, knitting and crocheting pieces that will be treasured for generations. 

Sadie loved a joked and was always ready to laugh at her grandchildren’s exploits.

When Sadie took time for some rest and relaxation, she would head to the nearest river bank with her bamboo pole and a can of worms she and Miles had picked the night before.  

She also liked to watch stock car races.  The races were not really relaxing for Sadie because she could jump higher than anyone when she got excited.  It really helped because her son-in-law Roy Barkley was racing and leading the pack.  

Later on Roy, Emily and Sadie bought their first camper and they thoroughly enjoyed all their friends at the campsite.

Sadie is survived by her son Miles (Debbie) of Dixons Corners, and by her grandchildren Steven Barkley (Linda Young), Gary (Sheila) Barkley, Sherry Lewis, Glen (Donna) Lewis.

She will be fondly remembered by her great-grandchildren Jamie, Scott, Shane, Samantha, Matt, Connor and Jade.

She is also survived by nieces and nephews.

Sadie was predeceased by her husband Cecil Lewis, her daughter Emily Barkley, her son-in-law Roy Barkley, her sister Effie Lewis and her brothers Johnny Lewis and Wesley “Ike” Lewis.        

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Friday December 27th, from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 10 a.m. The service was conducted by Rev. Valerie Vande Wiele.  Interment followed at Dundela Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Glen Lewis, Gary Barkley, Jamie Barkley, Scott Barkley and Shane Barkley

Donations to Dundas Manor Activity Fund would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Online condolences may be made at 


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