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Joan Lewis

Joan Garrison Lewis, 86, of Quincy, Illinois, died peacefully and surrounded by family on May 8, 2017 at Blessing Hospital, Quincy.

Joan Lewis recent | Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors, Quincy, ILShe was born November 30, 1930 in Denver, Colorado, the daughter of Attorney Franklin Davis Garrison, Sr., and Lillian Louise (Brown) Garrison.

She was raised in Rushville. When her parents moved to a farm in Brown County, she attended her senior year and then graduated from Mt. Sterling High School in 1948. For the year following, she worked for her father’s law firm of Garrison and Crandall in Rushville as a legal secretary and abstractor of real estate titles.

Joan attended Monmouth College and married George J. Lewis in the First Christian Church in Mt. Sterling on June 19, 1951.

As a youth growing up in Rushville, she became an avid swimmer earning a reputation as one of the best swimmers at the Scripps Park Pool. Since the pool had no swimming instructors, Joan is generally accredited with having taught hundreds of young people how to swim.

Throughout her life, Joan was a daring adventurer, never passing up an opportunity to experience new activities in which George seemed too afraid to participate. Such activities included sky diving at Quincy’s Free Fall Convention, Zip Lining in Costa Rica, Para Sailing in the Atlantic, White Water Rafting in Colorado and Oregon, Snorkeling with dolphins in Hawaii, riding an ostrich and an elephant, riding a camel among Egypt’s pyramids, body surfing, and spelunking.

Joan Lewis early | Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors, Quincy, ILJoan (along with George) was a prolific traveler which included living for a year in England during which she co-authored a book “Rolling in the Isles”, three visits to Russia, camping throughout Europe with their daughters of ages 1 and 3, exciting trips to the Arctic and Antarctica, and a recent trip with the entire family to New Zealand and Australia – Australia fulfilling their goal of traveling in all of the world’s seven continents.

In addition to traveling, Joan found time to enjoy her bridge clubs, Mexican Train Domino Group, Friday Lunch Bunch, fishing, PEO and many hours of volunteer work which included her developing and managing a very successful program of tutoring Quincy Junior High School students. The tutoring project was sponsored by the First United Presbyterian Church for which she served as an Elder. Her uncanny winning ability playing dominos earned her the All Time Domino Championship Trophy.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by children: Karen (Stephen) Forte of Bend, Oregon; Sheri (Mike) Jackson of Estes Park, Colorado; and Gary (Debby) Lewis of Quincy, Illinois; Grandchildren: Jesse Jackson of Loveland, Colorado; Mikki Jackson of Denver, Colorado; Paul (Jennifer) Forte of Bend, Oregon; Michael (Stephanie) Forte of Berkeley, California. She also grandmothered many stepgrand and stepgreat grandchildren and further is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and her sister, Cynthia Garrison (Dan) Bell of Pierson, Florida.

Joan was preceded in death by her daughter, Ronda Kay Lewis, her parents, two brothers, Franklin D. Garrison, Jr. and Harry R. Garrison, and her nephew, Eddie Allen Norvell, Jr.

Visitation: 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 12 at Hansen – Spear Funeral Home, 1535 State Street, Quincy, Illinois 62301.

Services: 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 13 at Hansen – Spear Funeral Home.

Burial: Saturday, May 13, at the Hersman Cemetery, Hersman, Illinois.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Monmouth College Scholarship Fund, or Doctors Without Borders, or Hersman, Andrews, Lewis Revolving College Scholarship Trust.

Website: www.hansenspear.com

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.



  1. We honor Joan’s exciting and meaningful life. We send sincere condolences and best wishes. God Bless!

  2. George and family;
    Thinking of you and sending our sincere sympathy. Mary and Carol Kleinlein

  3. George and family: I am sorry for your loss and you have my deepest sympathy. She certainly was some adventurous lady and lived life to the fullest. I loved her smile, enjoyed talking with her and saw genuine kindness extended to others in many ways. May God bathe you in His Love and grant you peace of mind during this sad time In your life. Wives, mothers and grandmothers are so special and she will be missed; but your memories of many fun times together will help comfort and sustain you. In Christian love, Rosemary

  4. Dear Mr. Lewis and Family,
    I was saddened to read of your great loss. My parents thought so highly of Joan and you, and they were grateful for your long friendship. Please know of my prayers for your family.
    With kindest regards,
    Ted Bean

  5. Dear George and family; Lavon and I continue to pray for your great loss of a wonderful part of your family. Her life will never be forgotten. Her love and patience continue to be seen in the family she left behind.

  6. Dear George, you and Joan have such wonderful friends over these many years. I will miss her so much…her smile, her warmth and her zest for life and her family.
    And Presbyterian! A beautiful Lady with a beautiful soul…may God keep you and yours close and surround you with love in the days ahead. I will not be in Quincy Friday or Saturday to join the celebration of “a life well-lived”. You will be in my thoughts..Barbara

  7. George and families:
    So very sorry to learn of Joan’s passing. Such a sad time for all of you. Sympathetic thoughts and prayers are being sent your way.
    Harriett Fry Bartell

  8. George and family,. We are so sorry for your loss…Thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time….Jeanne Gilbert and John Milton

  9. Dear George, Gary & Family,
    Our thoughts & prayers our with you at this difficult time. What an honor it is to have known such a fine person. She will be truly missed.
    Bill & Susan Sanders

  10. Dear George and Lewis Family,
    Condolences to you at this time of great loss.
    Dick & Pat Wentura

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