Louisa Lewis grave marker
A grave marker in Mount Union Cemetery for Louisia Lewis, or “Aunt Lou,” who died in January 1907. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on Jan. 8, 1907, in the Corvallis Times, Page 3, Column 5.

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Was Buried To-Day. Al-though Blind,
She Saw the Better Side of Life.

After an illness of several days from pneumonia, Miss Lou Lewis passed away at the home of her sister. Mrs. Fannie Davis, at Philomath, Monday night, Funeral services were held today at 10 o’clock at the Davis home, Rev. Reynolds of the United Brethren church conducting the ceremony. Interment occured at Newton cemetery, a large gathering of friends attending the burial. Among relatives present from other localities were Mr. and Mrs. John Lewis and daughter, Mrs. Kline of Salem. The former is the brother of deceased, and with whose family Miss Lewis resided many years. She was an inmate of Mr. Lewis’ household, much of the time when the latter was a resident of Corvallis as well as since his removal to Salem.

Miss Lewis was 66 years of age. She was an Oregon pioneer, having arrived in this state 55 years ago and ever since making her home in the Willamette valley. She enjoyed a wide acquaintance, and, being a person of admirable disposition, held a warm place in the hearts of those with whom she became in any way associated. At the age of twelve years she became totally blind from a slight accident, but this misfortune seemed not to interfere with an ambition to become a useful factor of society. Although the sunlight of her life could not enter through the “windows of the soul” it nevertheless in some manner found its way thither and was refracted upon her surroundings with unusual beneficence. She was offered the advantages of schools for the blind, and her accomplishments in which the sense of sight is deemed indispensable, was remarkable in the extreme. Her life was a valuable object lesson for those to whom misfortune has come, as well as to those in possession of all their faculties.