Jamesina “Ina” McLure Robertson Lewis, 83, of Medina, went to her heavenly home Friday, January 3, 2014. Her passing was unexpected. Ina was born December 2, 1930 in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, to the late Andrew and Agnes (McLure) Robertson. Although she lived in Valley City since 1964, prior to moving to Forest Meadow Villas and lastly, Emeritus at Medina, she considered Pennsylvania “home”. Ina always enjoyed returning to visit her relatives, friends and favorite places there.
She was a former member of the Columbia Tri-Gait Horse Club, Therapy Dogs International and Canine Therapy Companions. Ina and her therapy dog, a Boxer named Ember, enjoyed visiting local nursing homes. She was also a 4-H dog project advisor, volunteer with the GED program at the Medina County Career Center, former member of Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Valley City, and a member of LifeSpring Community Church of Valley City. She was especially proud of her Scottish heritage.
Ina enjoyed caring for many of God’s creatures, including her family’s treasured Boxers and Appaloosa horses. Her love of animals extended into a large collection of Ty Beanie babies, many of which she donated to the SPCA and other charities for fundraisings purposes. She was very proud to attend her grandsons’ 4-H and school activities. Ina cherished time spent gardening with her dear friend, Brenda Sotak.
Ina was the beloved mother of Jamie (Mike) Piechuta; and treasured grandmother of Ryan and David Piechuta.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Lewis, December 2006; her sisters, Sadie Benninghoff and Beth Ririe; and a brother, Andrew Robertson.
Funeral Service will be 11 A.M., Saturday, January 11, 2014, at the Hillcrest United Presbyterian Church, 1622 James Street, Monroeville, Pennsylvania, where family and friends may gather from 10 until 11 A.M., for visitation. Interment will be at Plum Creek Cemetery, Plum, Pennsylvania.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the local chapter of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, an accredited guide dog school which provides trained dogs to the blind and visually impaired. (Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 32307 Stoney Brook Drive, Avon Lake, OH 44012) This charity was chosen because Ina suffered with significant vision loss from glaucoma and macular degeneration.
Local arrangements were entrusted to the Bauer Funeral Home, Valley City, www.bauerfuneralhome1943.com