Imelda W. Lewis January 10, 1958-July 14, 2020

Imelda W. Lewis 62

Imelda W. Lewis 62, January 10, 1958-July 14, 2020

Imelda W. Lewis of Waldport, OR, passed away peacefully in the early

hours of July 14th at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, with her

spouse Sammi, and friends by her side. She was 62 years young.

Imelda was born in Morristown, NJ and grew up in Long Valley, NJ.

 As a young person, she was always scouring the rock walls and woods of

North Jersey for snakes, sometimes bringing them home wrapped around

her arm. She also loved raccoons and raised several orphaned babies.

Most of all, Mel loved to fish.

As a young adult, she moved to Oregon and fell in love with the

Pacific Northwest, living largely in and around Portland. She was

happiest spending a day fishing one of the rivers and bringing home

sturgeon or other fish.

Eventually Mel moved home to Pennsylvania to be closer to her parents

as they aged. A few years later, she reconnected with an old friend

through Facebook and ended up moving to northern Minnesota to be

together, before making a last move to her beloved Oregon coast.

Mel is survived by her spouse, Sammi McPherson, the love her life. Mel

is also survived by brother Michael Lewis and wife Karen, sister Chris

Lewis and husband Mark Lacatena, sister Andrea Lewis and spouse Jerry

Brown, as well as 2 nephews, a niece and two grand nieces.


Mel will be cremated and a celebration of her life held sometime in

the future. Please share your thoughts and memories for the family at


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