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Sylvia S. LewisAge: 86 years19242011

Name
Sylvia S. Lewis
Given names
Sylvia S.
Surname
Lewis
Birth January 27, 1924 31

Death of a maternal grandmotherJosephine Clara Johnson
August 13, 1980 (Age 56 years)
Death of a husbandChet Kinsey
February 22, 2006 (Age 82 years)

Note: Chester ‘Chet’ Kinsey passed away in his sleep on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at home in the Helena Va…
Death January 5, 2011 (Age 86 years)

Note: Sylvia Jeanette Lewis Kinsey was born in Havre on Jan. 7, 1924. Sylvia died at St. Peter’s Hospital …
Death

Sylvia Jeanette Lewis Kinsey was born in Havre on Jan. 7, 1924. Sylvia died at St. Peter’s Hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. She was the daughter of the late Archie Lewis and Blanche Buzzell Lewis Loft. She grew up on a homestead in the Cottonwood area going to a one-room school. When her parents divorced, she moved to Coram and later graduated from Columbia Falls High School. In 1941, she married Tom Sloan. They had two daughters, Nona and Deva. Sylvia moved to Los Angeles during the war to work at Armour, processing meat for the troops. Returning to West Glacier, she later married Chester L. Kinsey. They lived in many locations as Chet worked on construction projects. They had three children, Ed, Paula and Mary. Moving to Helena in 1961, they cleared sagebrush and cactus in the West Valley to start Kinseys Garden. They were famous for Kinsey corn, gladiolas, and you-pick strawberries. She was a Clasoil area County youth education leader and judge ofvegetables, flowers and sewing at local county fairs. She taught many girls (and boys) and adults how to sew. In spite of macular degeneration, she passionately worked on sewing machine embroidery projects. She served as a Democratic committee Woman and was active in politics. A future governor and senator both sat at Sylvia’s kitchen table seeking advice and support, as did many others. She was a secretary at the Montana Constitutional Convention,which led to a long career of working at legislative sessions, primarily with the Finance and Claims Committee. Sylvia was predeceased by her parents; husband, Chet; her brother, Harold Lewis; and sister, Gerri Nelson. She is survived by her sisters, Laura Wilkins and Doris Ridenour; and her children, Nona Sloan, Deva (Glenn) Trebas, Edward (Connie) Kinsey, Paula Morse and Mary (Curt) Stanghill; 16 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, eightgreat-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends. The family appreciates the professional and compassionate care provided by the physicians, nurses and staff at St. Peter’s. In keeping with Kinsey tradition of feeding others, donations may be sent to Helena Food Share or send a flower tosomeone you love. A celebration of life will be held at Kinseys Garden on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

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