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Laura Denise Lewis

Birth Date: June 12, 1957
Death Date: January 5, 2016

Laura D. Lewis passed away in her home on January 5, 2016 at the age of 58, after a hard-fought and courageous three year battle with Ovarian Cancer.

Laura was born on June 12, 1957 in Amarillo, TX to Reid and Carolyn Simpson. She was preceded in death by her father, Reid C. Simpson.

Laura is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 39 years, David C. Lewis, 63 of Sacramento, beloved children, Jason R. Lewis, 36 (girlfriend Terra Colbert,) of Rancho Cordova and Andrea J. Copsy, 33 (son in law, Brandon T. Copsy) of Sacramento, and grandchildren Isabella, Gabriel and Logan Lewis. She is also survived by her mother, Carolyn B. Simpson of Athens, TX., sister, Cindy L. Dunlap of San Antonio, TX., and brother, M. Scott Simpson of Athens, TX.

Laura was a stay at home mom for over 20 years. She was the mother that all of the children loved and wanted to spend time with. All of the neighborhood children were always welcome in her home and she fed, guided, nurtured and loved them as if they were her own. She continued to be a loving “mother” to all of them into adulthood.

Once her children were grown, Laura ventured back into the workforce again. She immediately excelled as an Executive Assistant for First Command Financial Planning, where she diligently and successfully worked until her illness forced her to stop.

Laura continued to touch lives everywhere she went throughout her illness and pain. She made lasting impressions on all of those she came in contact with at cancer centers, hospitals and during hospice care and did so with dignified grace, kindness and genuine, caring love. She always greeted everyone with an optimistic smile and a gentle hug. She was someone special, a true angel who will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

A Memorial Service/Celebration of Laura’s Life will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 1:00pm at Capital Christian Center Chapel, 9470 Micron Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95827, with a lunch reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, Laura requested that donations be made to: National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, (NOCC) in her memory/name. These donations will help raise much-needed awareness and provide support to Ovarian Cancer patients, survivors and loved ones.
“Laura, you are my everything and my love. Part of my heart is now gone. I will forever miss you babydoll. Your David”
David Lewis

“Dear Mama, I still see your face before me, your voice I long to hear. I miss and love you dearly. God knows I wish you were here. Tears fall freely from my eyes, like a river filled with grief. My only comfort now, is that from pain you found relief. Missing my best friend.
Love, Sissy”
Andrea Lewis Copsy

“She was a Mom, not just to her kids, but to all of our friends as well. She loved and accepted us all for who were and she was always involved in all that we did. I love you Mama. Love Jase”
Jason Lewis

“The Lord did so bless us when our Laurie was born. She brought so much love, joy and adventure to our lives.”
Carolyn Simpson

“When we were young, we would dance with our Daddy by standing on his feet. I know she’s in heaven now, dancing on Daddy’s feet.”
Cindy Simpson Dunlap

“Laurie, I can hardly believe you have gone home to our Lord- a part of me is missing. You strengthened us all. Your courage and selflessness amazed me and makes me want to be a better man. I miss you and love, my sister, my friend, my partner in crime. Nothing can take away the joy, happiness and adventures we shared.”
Scott Simpson

Service- Capital Christian Center Chapel
January 14, 2016
1:00 pm
Sunset Lawn Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home
4701 Marysville Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95838
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  1. Laurie for me will always be the baby sister of my bff Cindy. Funny adorable and kind are just a few words to describe this sweet lady. RIP

  2. Words can't fully describe the Beauty Of Mother Laurie, or at least that's how I referred to her. My last embrace with her was at Andrea's wedding when we just stood silent for a moment and held each other before I left that day. I remember her simply telling me that she loved and appreciated me being there and that she would rather have no one else to capture the moments of that day, and I too returning the sentiment. Most of you may not know but Andrea and I were best friends growing up and Mother Laurie was the absolute best Mother figure that I could've asked for during that time in my life. She was the Mother who everyone loved and wanted to be close friends with! Whether we were swooning over wrestlers in Monday Night Raw, players on 49er turf or the actors on General Hospital, she was simply a woman you just wanted to be around. And who could forget the poster of Mr Magnum P.I. himself behind the kitchen door? The thing I appreciated the most about her was her ability to let me and Andrea be who we were, with all of our weird tendencies, she let us to be the girls we simply wanted to be. I those days, the Lewis family had officially adopted me and I happily accepted. I practically lived at their house and both families would make major sacrifices for me and Andrea to always be together, because three nights a week at dance practice simply wasn't enough! There was always happiness, love, music and a ton of dancing going on in those days, and I will forever cherish those memories. But it wasn't until I got my ass handed to me by Mother Laurie for a teenage altercation, that my deepest love and admiration for her grew. Laurie was a extremely protective mother of her children and I just stood there and excepted her wrath, not only because I deserved it , but because I deeply respected her. But as graceful as she was, she yelled then hugged and forgave. Being there for the family at the wedding this past summer is now also one of my fondest memories. I wasn't just there to capture the moments of the day, but I was able to grow closer with Andrea yet again and had the opportunity to be with Laurie and Father Dave, one big happy family like the good ol' days! My love for the Lewis family is deep and I am thankful to have spent as much time with all of them and to have them be such a integral part of my life. I must now say that Heaven has gained a beautiful angle and those of us left here will miss her deeply. Laurie was always loving, strong and fabulous!

    Love and respect you always!

  3. My dear friend. I missed you when I mived away but always thought we'd get a chance to rekindle our friendship. I am devastated that'll never be. You were the warmest, kindest, most loving woman I've ever known. I love you!

  4. Laurie was such a beautiful person inside and out. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

    The Schaffner Family

  5. I miss you more every single day and wish so badly I could hug you again and hear your cheerful voice telling me how much you love me. This photo is so precious to me! You were so radiant and happy on Brandon and I's wedding day. I will forever see you dancing to "Uptown Funk," in my head. I love you Mama, thank you for being my best friend & always believing in me.

  6. There is something unique and precious about the person who can touch your heart within moments of meeting them. I felt this immediately with Laura. I knew her for such a short time and in that breath of a moment, celebrated her triumph over cancer and her ultimate surrender to it. Through it all she showed herself to be a loving, generous, courageous and spirited woman and I admired her greatly. With love, Amy S.

  7. Laurie was my sister and we were only 13 months apart. We were very close and shared a bedroom from the day she was born until the day I got married. When we were young, we frequently wore the same outfits, so people would ask us if we were twins. We would laugh and say yes!

    Our Dad was in the Air Force so we moved often. Laurie and I were never afraid of the new place, new school, or new bus because we always had each other. We co-owned our first stereo and our first car. We both were on our dance team in high school. Laurie was super smart and a whiz in Math and Accounting. I remember when we were in high school, she took Bookkeeping II as a sophomore while I took Bookkeeping I as a junior.

    Laurie was a nurturer and was always great with babies and children. She came to help me after both of my sons were born. She would come in and whip everything into shape and make me go take a nap. She could always get those babies to take their bottle, quit crying, or go to sleep when I couldn't. She was a wonderful Aunt and my boys absolutely adored her.

    Laurie was full of life and loved to have fun with her family. She was a great wife and mother and was fiercely loyal, dedicated, and the glue that held them all together. She loved the holidays and created wonderful family traditions. She loved to have everyone over and celebrate those traditions every year.

    Laurie was a truly wonderful sister; always loving, loyal, and protective. I can't imagine this world without her. When we were young, we would dance with our "Daddy" by standing on his feet. I know that she is in heaven now, dancing on Daddy's feet. I will miss her tremendously but will look forward to the day when we are reunited.

  8. To 24 yrs of knowing an all around beautiful woman and family. Too many wonderful memories of a great mom, wife, and friend. I grew up around the corner from the Lewis' and consider them an extension of my family. Always received a warm and thoughtful welcome whenever I dropped by, which was quite often. I love you guys and will cherish all the awesome memories of Laurie. God received another great one for his crew! Love you!

  9. I only knew Laurie on Facebook, but she had a warm way of making me feel we had been friends for years. She was a genuine, caring, loving woman and I always looked forward to our Facebook talks. I will always feel fortunate that our paths crossed and I got to know her for a time, even though it was too brief. Prayers to her family. Donna Ferine

  10. The memory I will always have and cherish of Laurie is at the wedding reception of her daughter Andrea in July, 2015.
    Laurie and her family were sitting at the table next to us. The music was playing. People were dancing and celebrating away. On one occasion I glanced at Laurie who had tears in her eyes and seemed very emotional. I felt drawn to go to Laurie's table to comfort her. Laurie hugged me and said "I am so happy to be alive for this occasion". This brought tears to my eyes too – tears of joy that Laurie was able to partake in this most important event of her only daughter Andrea's journey.

  11. Laura continued her motherly ways at work, she was very much the office mom and we miss her very much. Laura your life work is now done, the people you worked with were greatly effected by your wonderful spirit, may you rest in peace.

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