Linda Lewman (Brown) was born on December 4, 1956, to Thomas James Brown and Mildred Brown (Stricker) in Caldwell, Idaho. Mom spent her whole life within the Ten Davis Community, growing up with cousins and learning to swim in irrigation water. She was an avid lover of all animals large and small and would stop at nothing to rescue an abandoned or stray animal.
Mom was a graduate of Parma High School, where she met her husband Balie (Bim) Lewman and they were married July 20, 1974, in a very hot and at the time, un-airconditioned Kirpatrick Memorial Church in Parma, Idaho – married for 47 years, but they have been co-conspirators together for 50 years.
Mom had many titles over her working career: She worked at Jenkins Grocery during her younger years; was a dental assistant with Alicia Shell and Dr. Tom Thebo in Parma for years; Mom even did home-painting with Karen Sutton until the decision was made to take over grandpa’s farm and begin the next phase of their married life: Farming.
Mom was a dedicated farmwife and spent many hours changing irrigation water, driving sugar beet trucks, or out on the country roads in her spray-setup with her headphones on. She always had a cold drink or a sweet treat for anyone that stopped by to see her and was a dedicated deliverer of snacks and drinks for anyone working outside throughout the long days.
As Mom aged and her involvement with the farm slowed, she took to her yard and landscaped a beautiful pallet of color plants and trees. She would get so excited when she found something rare or unusual and under most circumstances, she would explain to Dad, that “it just jumped into the pickup.” Even at the age of 64, she was out digging holes and planting trees determined to make her yard her oasis. Mom loved her yard art too: it was a treasure hunt each spring to find something unusual for her to add to the wind spinner collection or hummingbird feeders; she counted the calendar days each spring until her “hummers” would arrive.
Linda passed away suddenly from COVID -19 complications on September 2, 2021, as the result of no vaccinations; her early loss of life could have been prevented, therefore, her surviving family urges everyone to be vaccinated against this deplorable disease.
Linda is survived in life by her husband, Bim Lewman and two daughters, Kristin Custer (Dan) and Stacy Moylan (Kelly) and grandchildren Molly and Mason Custer; numerous cousins and devoted family friends that she had adopted over the years, as well as her beloved cats and grandfur babies. Linda was preceded into death by her parents, Tom and Mildred Brown, and her beloved canine house companion, Sadie.
A viewing for Linda will be held at Dakan’s Funeral Chapel in Caldwell, Idaho on September 13, 2021, from 5-7 PM. Funeral services will be held at Dakans on September 14, 2021, at 2 PM with graveside services at the Lower Boise Cemetery to follow. The family asks that for anyone unvaccinated, please wear a mask if you plan to be in attendance.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to an animal shelter in Mom’s name such as Simply Cats in Boise, https://simplycats.org/; or to the Lake Lowell Animal Rescue in Nampa, https://www.lakelowellanimalrescue.org/; or to West Valley Humane Society https://westvalleyhumanesociety.org/.
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