Stefanie C. Lewis – a mother, a grandmother, a friend – is someone who touched the lives of everyone here. Born February 26th, 1944, in Steamboat Springs, CO, Stef lived all over Colorado and Wyoming with her sister Pat and parents Mary and Clyde Lewis, where they finally settled in Williston, ND during her father’s work as a camp clerk for Texaco Oil.
Stef graduated from Williston High School in 1962 and attended Minot State for one year.
She married Gerald C. Christianson in 1963, and they made the move to Billings in 1968 where Stef lived the remainder of her life. It was here that they raised their two daughters, Janell and Lisa, and suffered the loss of their first child, Dennis, in infancy.
Stef began her career in retail with Woolman’s, moving to Sears for 22 years, and finally Walmart before retiring for good.
Before, during, and after her retirement, Stef could always be found sewing, quilting, doing needle point, knitting, or painting.
The homes of her children and grandchildren are full of reminders and testaments of her abilities – potholders, quilts, hats, Christmas ornaments for each grandchild for every year since they were born, and even a prom dress.
Her memory will live on within these pieces of her life. As Shel Silverstein wrote,
“There are no happy endings.
Endings are the saddest part.
So just give me a happy middle.
And a very happy start.”
And that’s how we will all remember Stef: the happy middle and the happy start – the mother, the grandmother, and the friend that we knew and love up until the end.
Stef is preceded in death by her son Dennis, sister Pat, husband Gerald, and parents Mary and Clyde.
She is survived by daughters Lisa and Janell, their husbands Vince and Paul, 10 grandchildren, and best friend Nikki Burke.