Thelma Lorraine Lewis

Dec 24, 1925 - Jun 12, 2019


Lorraine passed away peacefully at the age of 93 on June 12, 2019, in Sacramento, CA, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Thelma Lorraine Blanchard on December 24, 1925, in Portland, OR. She is survived by her daughter, Betty Flanary, son, Chuck Lewis (Trudy Lewis), grandson, Brian Peters (Sarah Peters), granddaughters, Kelly Flanary, Ashley Lewis, and Katie Lewis, and great-grandsons, Maximus Peters and Jaxon Kuzinich. Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband, James “Jim” Lewis, her sister, Dorothy, and son-in-law, Michael Flanary.
Lorraine grew up in Portland, and then, in middle school, moved to Fresno, CA, where she lived next door to Jim and his family. After high school and Jim’s enlistment in the U.S. Air Force, they were married on July 6, 1946, and moved to San Luis Obispo so Jim could attend Cal Poly. Lorraine worked as telephone operator where she met her life-long best friend, Betty Bristow. The two women introduced their husbands, and Lewis & Bristow Builders was founded. After college, both couples relocated to Sacramento where they raised families and continued to build award-winning homes for 50 years.
Lorraine valued family, friends, and home above all else. She was loyal, trustworthy, and gave her love unconditionally. Her beautiful laugh, inner strength, honesty, practical wisdom, and comforting presence will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Private internment will take place at East Lawn Sierra Hills Memorial Park on July 6, Jim and Lorraine’s 73rd wedding anniversary. A Celebration of Life will be held at the residence of Chuck and Trudy Lewis that afternoon for family and friends. Please contact Betty Flanary at, if you wish to attend.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Lorraine’s memory to the CA Homebuilding Foundation or Coast Guard Auxillary Association

Written by Betty Flanary, daughter
June 26, 2019


  • Heatherlee Englehart says:

    Aunt Lorraine Will always represent strength, love, devotion, and someone who knew her truth and spoke it. She was authentic and full of determination her entire life. That is a remarkable human to know and we Bristows, Lynns, Engleharts and more in the Sacramento/ Arden Park community were definitely blessed to have her as not only a friend but so much so she was deemed Family- rest in Love and dance with those in Heaven now! Until we meet again! Heatherlee, Shawn, Tori, Madison, and Sophie Englehart❣🦋🦋❤🙏

  • FF says:

    So sorry for your loss. May your family find comfort in the hope at Rev 21:4 which says: “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away”.

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