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Elizabeth "Betty" R. (Hogan) Lewis

Elizabeth "Betty" R. (Hogan) Lewis
  • December 30, 1937 - April 20, 2020
  • Melrose, Massachusetts
  • Donate to Alzheimer's Association

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“Dear Nancy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your Mom was a lovely lady and a wonderful woman. May she rest in peace. Respectfully, Sheila ...Read More »
1 of 25 | Posted by: Sheila Tighe - Melrose, MA

“Dear Nancy & Lewis Family,I was sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. My condolences and prayers for you all. With Sympathy, Kathy (McGovern) Artz ”
2 of 25 | Posted by: Kathy Artz - Melrose, MA - Friend

“Mary,Tom,Kathleen,Timothy,Donny,Nancy,Kevin,Gretchen,Linda,Walter and familys.Deeply saddened by the passing of my Beautiful most wonderful Aunts.No...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: Stephen Hogan - Clearwater, FL

“Betty was a light in this life, and will be an angel forevermore. She was a woman of faith, compassion and most of all fun. She had a special...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Donna Williams - Redwood City, CA

“Betty was an angel on earth. I am very grateful that she took me under her wing when I was in HS and Jr. High - like one of her own, and will...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: Donna Williams - Redwood City, CA

“I have many fond memories of hanging out at the house with your mom. She was always such a happy person and always found the good in everyone. She...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: Darlene DelMastro - Saugus, MA

“I will always remember Mrs. lewis as a happy and fun loving person. She loved her children and always welcomed her home to their friends I was a...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: ELAINE PARKER - Reading, MA

“I met my friend Betty at the Phone center store in 1980. She was a joy to be with and your life was happier knowing Betty. She will be Deeply missed...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: Jeanne and Jim Tassinari - MA

“Dear Nancy....I am so sorry to hear of your loss...My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.Billy Goodwin ”
9 of 25 | Posted by: Bill Goodwin - Melrose, MA

“My deepest sympathy to all at this very difficult time. ”
10 of 25 | Posted by: Wendy Champigny - Georgetown, MA

“So sorry for your loss. Betty was the sweetest and nicest woman. Always quick to a little dance with our kids when we walked by. She also had the...Read More »
11 of 25 | Posted by: David Drew - Melrose, MA

“To my cousins Mary, Kathleen, Nancy and Donnie and your husbands and children. I am sorry for the loss of your wonderful Mom. Auntie Betty was a...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Terry Sullivan - Nashua, NH

“Sincere sympathy to the Lewis family. Betty was such a fun lady. Loved when she told her Betty boop stories. Peace to all. ”
13 of 25 | Posted by: Colette Maguire - Melrose, MA

“Your mother was a joy. The Giallongo family is so sorry for your loss. Rest in peace Betty. ”
14 of 25 | Posted by: Paula Giallongo - Belmont, MA

15 of 25 | Posted by: DOLORES BREEN - SOMERVILLE, MA

“Dear family of Betty Hogan, Lewis,It is with great sadness I write this loss of a dear friend with whom I have many Memories, Betty and our circle...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Charlene and Clyde Murphy - MA

“So very sorry to hear of bettys passing she was certainly one of a kind love and prayers ”
17 of 25 | Posted by: Anne Ramette - Wakefield, MA

“Prayers to Kathleen and Mary at this difficult time. God Bless all of you. ”
18 of 25 | Posted by: Ellen Devane - Braintree, MA

“Nancy, My deepest sympathy to you and family.Your devotion was so remarkable and inspirational. It spoke volumes as to the type of woman your mom...Read More »
19 of 25 | Posted by: Jennifer (Meehan) Will - Franklin, MA

“Condolences to the Lewis family, Aunt Betty was one of a kind. Heaven has a blessed angel. ”
20 of 25 | Posted by: Francis Hogan - Concord, NC

“Nancy & Family - I'm so sorry for your loss. Betty was an amazing lady. There was a big heart, tons of spirit and a great sense of humor in that...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: Kristin Bremberg - Melrose, MA

“I'm very sorry for your loss. I hope you can Bring her love and happiness forward ”
22 of 25 | Posted by: Jim Cusolito - Melrose, MA

“Nancy, Donny and the Lewis family I am so sorry to hear of your Mom passing. Betty will be missed by all she touched. What a great life she had. All...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: Dennis Breen - Melrose, MA

“Dear Nancy,I am so sorry for your loss, what a beautiful write up about you Mom you were a great daughter to her!!! ”
24 of 25 | Posted by: Peg Wright - Stoneham, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA

Elizabeth "Betty" R. (Hogan) Lewis passed away peacefully with her family by her side on April 20, 2020 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Born in Boston on December 30, 1937, Betty was the 11th child of the late Patrick and Margaret (Gordon) Hogan. She was raised in Dorchester where she attended St. Peter's Grammar School. After moving to Medford, Betty paid for her own education at Cardinal Cushing High School in South Boston. At the age of 18, she began working for the New England Telephone & Telegraph Company. Betty retired from "Ma Bell" after more than 25 years of service as a Sales Consultant in the Business Marketing Department in Boston, receiving many awards for her outstanding sales and service to customers. She often ran over to St Anthony Shrine on Arch Street to attend mass during her lunch break. Betty instilled the importance of education into her children and set the example by pursuing a Communications Degree at Salem State College. Betty raised her family in Melrose, where she resided for more than 47 years. She was a longtime member of Incarnation and St. Mary's Parishes. An avid reader, she was a familiar face at Melrose Public Library.

Betty was so very full of life and laughter. She shared her love of dance and music with all who knew her. Proud of her Irish descent, it was not uncommon to see her jig at family events. An active sports fan, Betty attended every parade celebration in Boston. Betty grew up loving the silver screen, which was evident in her enjoyment of plays, musicals, theatre, and movies. A devoted Nana to Jack, Danny, and Ryan, she attended every academic, athletic, and social event in the front row. When she was in the presence of children, they naturally gravitated to her and she to them. Betty made friends far and wide and was always the life of the party. She enjoyed her many travels, with memorable trips to Ireland, Bermuda, Alaska, and Hawaii. Betty loved opening her home annually at Christmas and Easter time for wonderful and often raucous family gatherings. Betty's kitchen was always the center of activity for conversation, a hot cup of tea, and goodies. She enjoyed spending time with family & friends on Cape Cod at the beach and at the Christmas Tree Shop.

Devoted mother of Mary Mannion & her husband Thomas of North Reading, Kathleen Leary & her husband Timothy of Danvers, Donald Lewis of Wakefield, and Nancy Lewis of Melrose. Cherished grandmother of John "Jack" & Daniel Mannion, and Ryan Hogan Leary. Beloved sister of Mary Silva, Eleanor Zoffreo, Francis "Hank" Hogan, and the late Catherine Hogan, Margaret Josephine "Jo" McCarthy, James Hogan, John Hogan, Thomas Hogan, Edward Hogan, and Dorothy Rich. Former wife of the late Donald F. Lewis.

A Catholic service and celebration of Betty's life will be held in the future. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Betty's name to the Alzheimer's Research Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 or the St. Jude's Research Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis TN 38101-9929 or @