Lorna Lorene Lewis

Graveside Services for Lorna Lorene Lewis, 71, Lawrence, KS, will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, December 26, 2020 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, KS. Please be aware that due to COVID-19 and safety precautions, we are asking her loved ones to please respect and comply with social distancing and must wear a mask.

Lorene passed away Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at The University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS.

Lorene was born July 20, 1949 in Garden City, KS the daughter of James Roger and Lorna May (Lewis) Stoner.

Lorene attended Kansas State University where she fell in love with and married Bob Lewis. It is during this time she became a lifelong Wildcat fan. You would rarely see Lorene in public not wearing something purple.

Lorene combined the seamstress training she had received from her mother with her own design abilities to amaze her friends and family. Interior decorating, wall hanging quilts, the clothes she made, and the clothes she wore were all creative, unique, and beautiful.

Lorene was an outgoing and upbeat person. She made friends easily and often. People just enjoyed being in her company. Based on her ever present positive outlook, it was hard to believe she had required two kidney transplants (sister, Peggy Taylor and brother-in-law, David May donors) and a host of other surgeries.

These past eight years she has spent time rearing and nurturing butterflies. She enjoyed nature and has spent the spring and summer seasons weeding, cutting down brush, digging up roots and rocks to beautify an overgrown hillside.

Lorene was preceded in death by her father.

Lorene married Robert Lewis on May 31, 1970 in Garden City, KS and he survives the home. Other survivors include her mother, Lorna May Lewis, daughter, Kate Elizabeth (Edward) Pokorski, two brothers; Roger (Shere) Stoner, Ken (Ruth) Stoner, sister, Peggy (Terry) Taylor, two grandchildren, Tatyanna Pokorski and Connor Pokorski.

A celebration of life is planned for late spring after the vaccine.

Memorial contributions may be made in Lorene’s name to The National Kidney Foundation and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain, 120 W. 13th street, Lawrence, KS 66044

For more information or to post a condolence go to warrenmcelwain.com.


6 Condolences

  1. Amber Ball on December 24, 2020 at 8:58 am

    We are sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.
    Jeff and Amber Ball
    (Friends of the Danford’s)

  2. Helen and Al Wells on December 24, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Bob and family:
    We were so very sorry to learn of Lorene’s passing. She and I were friends from high school, through college and in all the intervening years. My last telephone call from Lorene was in October and it lasted well over an hour. We always found things to talk about, laugh about and share. She was one of my favorite people and I will miss her and our conversations greatly.

  3. Mike and Cindy Heer on December 24, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    Dear Bob and family,
    My heart weeps. Lorene was a childhood friend from the time we moved to Garden City during grade school, until her passing. I was always amazed at her creativity and caring spirit. She was a bridesmaid at our wedding and I sang at her wedding. No matter where we lived, we kept in tune with one another. She will be missed. We know she is smiling and laughing in the arms of our Lord.

  4. Gary and Robin Schultz and Margaret Harney on December 24, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    Dear Bob and family: It is with a heavy heart I heard about Lorene. I’ve only met her a few times, but very enthusiastic and gracious. I heard this news from my mother, Margaret Harney. She did enjoy talking to Lorene and seeing how feisty she was. We are so sorry for your loss.

  5. David Downtain on December 24, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    Bob and family,
    Lorene and I were classmates in high school, though I didn’t know her very well back then. I made contact with Lorene in late July with help from Helen Wells. In the four months that we exchanged emails, we shared reminiscences of growing up in Garden City and what had been going on in our lives the past 53 years. I also found out what a strong, STRONG lady Lorene was. I’m sorry that we won’t be able to share more of our life stories. I miss her, but I know God is taking good care of her.

  6. Janeth Plett Dow on January 7, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    Dear Bob and Family,
    I’m not sure if I first met Lorene in junior high or prior to that through 4-H. We both loved to sew, but we all know Lorene took that WAY beyond my level! My visit to your home in Chicago is one of my fondest memories. Wish I had come more often…We’ll all miss her strength, her optimism, her caring .
    God bless

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