Kathleen Cole Lewis

May 20, 1947, June 03, 2019

Kathleen Lewis

Kathleen (Cole) Lewis, widow of the late Kenneth Wayne Lewis, of Beaumont, Texas, passed away on June 3, 2019. Known to many as Kat or Kathy, she was born in Jasper, Texas, on May 20, 1947, to Vernon and Violet Cole. Kathy wed Ken on December 28, 1980, and they shared the next thirty-five years together with their large, blended family.

Kathy is a graduate of the Port Neches Groves High School Class of 1965. After working in law offices for several years, Kathy returned to school to receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lamar University. She later received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and became a nurse practitioner, her true calling. As a nurse practitioner, she touched the lives of her patients across Southeast Texas.

Kathy was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She was an avid reader and also enjoyed the beach, margaritas, travel, ski trips, gossiping about reality television with her daughter, and spending time with her family. Of course, Kathy had many secret talents—although Kathy was never as fond of fishing as her husband, she always caught the most fish on family fly-fishing trips, and she never let anyone forget it.

Kathy is survived by her sons, John Patrick McMahon and his wife, Laurie McMahon, of Magnolia, Texas, and Austin Abraham Lewis of Portland, Oregon; daughter, Valerie Sarah Lewis and her husband, Zachary Clayton DeLuna, of Beaumont, Texas; stepson, Joshua Houston Lewis of Manitou Springs, Colorado; stepdaughter, Kara Rebekah (Lewis) Roberts and her husband, Willie Jack Roberts, of Manitou Springs, Colorado; her grandchildren, Carly Jean Croston, Holly Rae Croston, Tyler Jack Roberts, Arianna Harmony Lewis, Corinne Alleen McMahon, and Amethyst Hope Lewis; sister, Harriet Irene Cole Campbell of Cypress, Texas; brothers, Timothy James Cole and his wife, Sherri Dru Cole, of Groves, Texas and Fred Irvin Cole and his wife, Fran Irene Cole, of Lumberton, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and other extended family members. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ken Lewis; and her parents, Violet and Vernon Cole.

A gathering of Mrs. Lewis’s family and friends will be from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in the Nita McKnight Parlor of Trinity United Methodist Church, Beaumont. Her memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3430 Harrison Avenue, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing at Lamar University, c/o Joanne Brown, P.O. Box 10011, Beaumont, Texas 77710.

Gathering of Family and Friends in the Nita McKnight Parlor
Trinity United Methodist Church
3430 Harrison Ave. Beaumont, TX 77706
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Memorial Service
Trinity United Methodist Church
3430 Harrison Ave. Beaumont, TX 77706
Thursday, June 13, 2019
10:00 a.m.

Comments (22)

  • Kerri Morvant

    12 June 2019 at 21:38 | #

    I found out today at Dr. Hammett’s office of your passing. I was immediately saddened. On my way home I reflected of how much you adored your husband and how your face always lit up when you spoke of various memories that you shared with him. I take comfort that you are resting peacefully in the same place with him now. I will continue to miss & think fondly of you. You were and are an incredibly inspirational woman who proved to be very brilliant and resourceful in your time spent here.

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  • Jackie Huckabay

    12 June 2019 at 14:29 | #

    Will miss you my friend! We go back almost 55 years, we made good memories when we were young, sewing, picking berries, canning, crafts, you were a woman of many talents! After both of us having a difficult time having kids then having them I know just how precious they were to you and how much you loved them. So glad you had a good life with Ken. You had a big heart and gave so much of yourself to others. Love You!

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  • Sandra McKinnon

    10 June 2019 at 22:01 | #

    Oh my dear sweet friend how I will miss you. I pray for strenght for your children and family to get through this very difficult time. You are with your Honey now and I know how you missed him, I can see the smiles on both of your faces. I thank GOD that he allowed me to be a part of your life, you were so many things to me ( NP, Friend, Confidant, Lunch Partner, Road Trip Buddy, Sounding Board, Teacher the list could go on and on). It was such a pleasure to be your friend, I will cherish all of the memories I have of you and all the stories you would tell me, all the laughs, tears and hugs. We got each other through alot of lifes most difficult times we knew we could count on each other for anything. My heart is so broken I pray GOD will help me through this time also. I know we are not suppose to question why and I know he has a plan for us all, but I do not like his plan at all right. now. I Love You Kathleen with all my heart and I will miss you forever.. You are a beautiful, lovely, gracious lady.

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  • Darlene Coleman

    09 June 2019 at 22:55 | #

    I am so sorry for your loss. Kathleen was my NP for nearly twenty years and such a dear friend. I grieve her passing but rejoice that she is with her beloved Ken.
    She was a tremendous person.

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  • Rhonda Gulley

    09 June 2019 at 21:42 | #

    Kathy and I went to nursing school together. Sweet Person. Prayers for her family!

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  • Shelly Haynes-Micheal

    08 June 2019 at 11:57 | #

    I am still in shock of the loss of such a kind, caring and loving person. My prayers for comfort for Kathleen's family. She took good care of my kids and I and had an ear for all our concerns. You are truly missed already. Soar high with your love Ken. Love and miss you!

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  • Carolyn Colburn an LCM friend

    07 June 2019 at 14:10 | #

    So sad to hear about the passing of Kathy. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

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  • Bryan Johnson

    07 June 2019 at 13:58 | #

    My condolences to the family and close friends. Mrs. Lewis was a very kind hearted and will truly be missed. She had the opportunities in life to see her family grow and treat so many people in the golden triangle as a nurse practitioner. May her soul forever Rest In Peace .

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  • Alyssa Latil

    07 June 2019 at 11:59 | #

    Mrs. Kathy always made me feel special and like I was a part of her family. I am thankful to have known her and know that she is reunited with Ken. I love you, Valerie and Austin.

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  • Jo Clark

    07 June 2019 at 03:06 | #

    Many great memories working for Kathleen at Towne Center Family Healthcare along with a great staff of ladies, we managed to get our jobs done but had many smiles and laughs along the way... I miss those days but in my heart I know how much she had to have missed Ken, I’m grateful they’re together again..... RIP Kathleen and I will look for you when I get there ❤️

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  • Mary Margia (Erwin) Straub

    06 June 2019 at 23:39 | #

    I watched Kathleen grow up next door and she would baby sit my two. She was very responsible and kind. Rest in peace, Kathleen.

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  • Beverly Allaire

    06 June 2019 at 23:28 | #

    Rest In Peace dear cousin. With love, Bev Tritch-Allaire and family

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  • Gerry Landry Sheffield

    06 June 2019 at 23:26 | #

    Dear John Patrick, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was one of the sweetest people I have ever had the pleasure to know. I offer you and your family prayers of comfort and peace, All my love, Gerry Sheffield

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  • Sandra Wilkinson Conn

    06 June 2019 at 15:03 | #

    Lewis Family, Kathy and I have known each other since we were 5 and 7, playing in the neighborhood together. She was ALWAYS the sweetest person. I am praying your family will feel God's grace surround you.

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  • LaQuinthia Coleman

    06 June 2019 at 04:18 | #

    My heart is heavy, but Kathleen was more than my doctor, she was my friend. She allowed me to call her cell phone anytime day and night, and ohhhh she could talk. I also hung up either laughing or with a big smile. She will be truly missed! Prayers for the family....

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  • Sherrie Gaddis

    06 June 2019 at 03:02 | #

    Valerie and Austin, Your mom and I became NPs at the same time and I was always amazed at her photographic memory, she could rewrite test questions after a test, all 100 questions. We perfected physical exams and clinical interviewing at night long after she had finished helping you with your homework. . She was always going out of her way to provide for others and opened her own practice when most would be retiring. Over the years we would attend Conferences for our CEUs and regardless of the time between our trips or visits, we picked up right where we left off. We had lunch together just a couple of weeks ago and she wasn’t ready to retire so we talked about working together. She loved both of you so much and was always so proud of you. I know she is happily back with your dad but oh we will miss her so.

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  • Joanie Black

    05 June 2019 at 21:29 | #

    I was so sad to hear the news of her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Mrs. Lewis will be greatly missed.

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  • Jennifer

    05 June 2019 at 18:20 | #

    Kathleen was an amazing boss and friend. She will be greatly missed.

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  • Leslie Ellis

    05 June 2019 at 14:17 | #

    Such a caring and compassionate lady. Prayers for the family.

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  • Kathy street

    05 June 2019 at 02:09 | #

    Kathleen was a dear friend and our healthcare provider, we will miss you dealy.,she took great care of us, I'm so sorry to hear of her passing. Rest in peace my friend.

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  • Cindy Rodriguez

    04 June 2019 at 21:22 | #

    One of the most caring and loving person. One of the best NP in town and oh so much fun to be around! She will truly be missed. I will miss her laugh the most! Rest In Peace my friend.

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  • Dana Rowland

    04 June 2019 at 17:26 | #

    Prayers and condolences to the family. She was a very special person and will be missed.

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