Erma Lewis

Erma Lewis

URBANA – Erma A. Lewis, 96, of Urbana, formerly of Bible Grove and Effingham, passed away peacefully at 7:21 p.m. Monday (Nov. 12, 2012) at Helia Healthcare of Champaign in Champaign.

Celebration of life services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Johnson Funeral Home, Effingham, with Evangelist Curtis L.E. Graves officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, prior to the services at the funeral home. Private family graveside services will follow in Floral Garden of Memories near Flora.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family requests memorials may be made to Provena Hospice Champaign, 1501 Interstate Drive, Suite C, Champaign, IL 61822 or the donor's choice. Online condolences may be expressed at

Erma was born Oct. 19, 1916, in Farina, the daughter of James Harrison and Ethel (Harper) Connerly. She married Lindall N. Lewis on Sept. 29, 1937. He died April 5, 1962.

Erma was a member of Old Union Church of Christ in Bible Grove, and she attended the Effingham Church of Christ on South 4th Street for many years. She was a homemaker most of her life in Clay County. She worked for a short time at the Victory Beauty Shop in Effingham and as a housekeeper to a wonderful couple in Effingham.

Erma lived on a farm in Bible Grove with her husband, Lindall, for many years. She moved to Effingham in 1965 and then to Urbana in 2008.

Erma is survived by her children, Lindall D. (Jane Wattles) Lewis of Effingham, Sandra C. Gordon of Urbana and Phillip L. (Connie Heiden) Lewis of Louisville, Ill.; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren, and one due in December 2012. She also leaves cousins, nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces, and many friends and loved ones whom she loved very much. She will be missed and held in our hearts forever.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lindall; daughter, Pamela Kay Lewis; granddaughter, Mary Ann Lewis; brothers, Leonard Connerly and Richard Connerly; and son-in-law, Charles David Gordon.