Jennie Auburna Lewis
On Dec. 16, 2019 a beautiful soul passed while surrounded by husband, David, her sons, their spouses and her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly. Jennie Auburna Lewis was 75.
Despite numerous physical challenges during her last years, Jennie remained active, regardless of inclement weather or family concerns. She could be found attending sports and band events, book club activities, lunches with classmates, writing the Kingsley Library Newsletter, frequenting resale shops for "treasures" and encouraging friends and children to join her for regional cultural events.
As a Traverse City High School graduate in 1962, Jennie had already gained recognition as the yearbook editor and a member of the Traverse City High School ski team.
She then became this area's first Rotary exchange student, earning a one-year scholarship to study at the university in Santiago, Chile. This challenging immersion in Chilean culture and language served as a launch pad for many subsequent accomplishments.
Over the years, Jennie donated her time to numerous community causes, one of which was as a founding member of Kingsley Friends of the Library (K.F.O.L.), where she served 10 years as treasurer and helped drive the capital campaign to build the new Kingsley Branch Library.
Her passion for gardening helped establish the Children's Garden in Kingsley, furthering her pride and support for the community where she and her husband had raised their family.
For 27 years she added her best to the Manton community as a teacher of Spanish, French, English and the junior high Quest program. She planned, fund raised and traveled with language students to Mexico, Spain and France about every other year. She was awarded "Teacher of the Year" by Manton Public Schools during her years there.
Jennie was an avid gardener and flower arranger. She contributed many beautiful flower arrangements to local events and planned many garden walks in Kingsley. She was truly an example for all who wish to live a life of service to family, friends and community. She was deeply loved. She will be forever missed.
Jennie is survived by her husband, David; sons, Charles David (Robin) and Donald; grandchildren, Nicholas, Joseph, Trevor, Grace and Stella; as well as the family of Jamie (Nicole "Cookie") Mullin, to include, Mikaila, James, Ayden, and Lilly, whom she considered part of her family. Also surviving are sisters, Margy (Jim) Goss and Sally (Pete) Doneth; and mother, Maxine Meach.
Jennie's birth mother, Amelia Jean; and father, Dr. Charles L. Meach II, preceded her in death.
Her determination as well as the significance and gravity of her life's endeavors were perfectly balanced by her wonderful sense of humor; she loved a good joke and enjoyed and excelled at passing that joke on. On the family's many camping trips, friends and grandkids alike would gather around her at the fire, captivated by the stories she articulated so beautifully.
This spring, on a date still to be determined, Jennie's family and friends will gather once more to celebrate a life well lived.
You may contribute in Jennie's memory to the organization to which she gave so much of herself, the Kingsley Friends of the Library.
Arrangements are entrusted to Covell Funeral Home, Kingsley.
Published on January 26, 2020


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Becky Gullekson
Feb 09, 2020
Mrs. Lewis was a great teacher! I was in her Quest class and 2 years of Spanish. We always had a lot of fun in class and working on fundraisers for Spanish Club. I am very thankful that she contributed many extra hours to the Spanish Club, ensuring that many of us had the opportunity to take a fun, educational trip to Mexico. I was very happy to run into Mrs. Lewis at the Kingsley market a couple of summers ago. It was nice to see and visit with her. She was always so kind!
Deb Gullekson
Feb 06, 2020
Please accept my sincere condolences. I had the pleasure to travel with Jennie to Mexico on two occasions as a parent chaperone. She was an absolute blessing to her Spanish students. We had great times together, both in Mexico and with a Jr High Quest Class aboard the Malibar in the Grand Traverse Bay. She asked me to help in the classroom at times...she became a great friend. She was a very kind, fair and generous individual and always wanted everyone involved to glean the most from each opportunity. I have many great memories of a great lady and will remember her fondly! May great memories carry each of you through the days, months and years to come and may your hearts be full of her ...Love, Forever✝️Read more
Debbie Cole
Feb 03, 2020
She was a great teacher and a wonderful person. She will be missed by many.
Gerri King
Jan 29, 2020
One of my favorite teachers!😢
Patti O'Dell
Jan 29, 2020
I am on of the lucky ones she blessed with her teaching of Spanish in the Manton School system in the 1980's. She truly was a teacher you just couldn't wait for her class every day. She was very kind and fun, but made you work hard too. The perfect combination. I couldn't afford my portion of the trip to Mexico when my class went so I missed out on that trip. I was so sad to hear of her passing. Prayer of comfort for her family. She was way to young to go..
Tawsha Reid
Jan 29, 2020
O the memories I have with Mrs. Lewis. I had her as my Spanish teacher for two years and I was honored that I was able to take a trip to Mexico with her and the Spanish Club. She was one of a kind and has left an amazing legacy!