Pamela Lyons Lewis
Pamela Lyons Lewis died peacefully in the morning of August 15, 2021, after a brief battle with cancer. Pam was born November 11, 1951, to Max and Polly Lyons in Beaumont, Texas and lived an amazing life.
Pam’s mother used to brag to females in the family, “you come from a long line of tough old broads”. None were tougher or more resilient than Pam.
Pam contracted polio as a three-year-old and lost the use of her legs, but she was anything but disabled. Due in large part to the love and support of her family and her own grit and courage, Pam’s life did not slow down. As a small child, Pam was determined to do the things other kids did including roller skating, learning how to use a hula hoop and horseback riding.
Adamant their daughter would not feel different and receive a good education, Pam’s mother (her lifetime advocate) went to their local school principal and the BISD to insure Pam a normal education. Pam became one of the first handicapped children in public schools. It was unheard of at the time, but Pam flourished.
Never suffering from self-pity, she mastered it all. Before her 16th birthday, Pam’s parents had a 1964 Ford Fairlane retrofitted so she could drive, she got her license and never looked back. She could often be seen flying up and down 11th Street.
Later in life Pam met the love of her life, Ben Lewis. They were married for 34 years before Ben’s death. They loved to travel, raise animals and sports. Baseball was her favorite. Pam was an avid fan of Lamar Baseball and for years, they rarely missed home games. She and Ben also traveled every year to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. She was a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees.
A child of the 60s, she loved rock music- the louder, the better (like all good hippies). She also had a love of vintage cars, her most recent project being the restoration of ‘64 Fairlane much like the one she drove as a teenager.
Pam had no tolerance for the pretentious. She was authentic. What you saw was what you got. Her genuineness had an amazing effect on others as she was so easy to be with. She was not only loved by her family but by a multitude of friend including Linda Hester and Mike Parker who have rallied around her for the last few weeks.
Pam was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ben and her parents, Max and Polly Lyons. She is survived by her sisters, Becky Hinshaw (husband Rex) of Houston and Sandy Hanson (husband Jerry) of Fort Davis. She leaves her three beloved nephews, Dennis Lyons, Wayne Smith and Benjamin Kyle Lewis as well as her “in-law” family in Louisiana. She was loved by too many cousins to count.
Pam also leaves behind her beautiful Llewelyn Spaniel, Ketcher; her constant companion.
Pam lived a more challenging life than most. Her courage made that life extraordinary, and she will be sorely missed.
Her cremation arrangements will be handled through Broussard’s Crematorium under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.
Mona Ristovv Reed
There’s a star running loose
Above the stratosphere
With “I’ll do it myself” attitude
That helps her persevere.
She’s roaring over planets
In a ’64 Fairlane
Equipped with wings.
Touching Celestial terrain.
Her quippy dry, humor
Makes God smile.
From rolling through heaven
In self-expressive style
To her Heavenly home
Filled with songs of the Stones
Baseball caps hanging
On elevated thrones.
Her T-shirts arranged
According to thought,
From gently amusing
To that which is naught.
She asks no one to guide her,
Or show her the way
It’s just God and her Ben.
That she shares today.
Flying free above pain’
Her strong hands open wide
Unhindered by chains
That no longer bind.
Our tears are not hers,
Our sorrow’s, our own
But our lives have a void
For Pam has gone home.
Mona Ristovv Reed
Rest In Peace Pam. Always the feisty one and quick witted.
Susie and Wayne McDermand
The Plaisance & McDermand family embraces your sorrow, prayers and love.
Stepping onto a shore and finding it heaven
taking hold of a hand and finding it God’s hand
breathing new air and finding it celestial air
feeling invigorated and finding it immortality
passing from storm & tempest to an unknown calm
walking and finding it home
Dru Standley Rich
Went to Junior high, high school with Pam! What a wonderful tribute to her amazing life! So inspiring!!
My condolences to Pam's family and good friends. Remember her from high school many years ago.
Becky, I am keeping you in my prayers. I pray for peace and comfort for all of your family during this time. . I am so very sorry for your loss . Laurin Williams Morgan
Remembering Pam as a kind Friend She will be missed and loved always ❤️
Janis Studdard DeSouchet
I am so sorry for your loss.. I was a year behind at Forest Park but knew her and admired her spirit immensely! Thinking of you , Becky and all of you. God bless
Susan Lewis Binks
Pam was a remarkable person in so many ways! My memory of her is playing kickball during our days at Sallie Curtis. My sympathies to her family.
I DID NOT DIE Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning’s hush, I am the swift uplifting rush, of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there. I did not die. - by Mary Elizabeth Frye
Willa White Hunter
I am so very sorry for your loss. I went to Junior high and high school with Pam. She was so inspiring. I remember her quick wit and indefatigable spirit.