Lee Henderson Lewis was a spring baby, my oldest sister and second oldest of the 5 of us.
Lee was smarter, older, wiser, prettier, kinder, classier and very tender hearted.
What many of you did not know was how very brave and fearless she was.
When faced with melanoma of the eye about 5 years ago she was given the option of having her eye removed.
Not an option that any one who makes their living as an artist would even want to face.
But face it she did.
They removed her eye and she moved on to continue to do the things she loved.
Lee and her partner Tony work mostly doing commercial Faux finishing.
They worked on many of the restaurants and buildings in the Raleigh area.
It was nothing for Lee to climb up 50 feet to do a job.
And she did.
She rarely ever complained about the hand she was given to play out.
Two years ago she pushed me to a place in clay I had never gone.
Without her encouragement and sisterly persistence I would have never tackled the Jungle House tile Mural.
With her love and support it was done and delivered last November.
While I was working on it our oldest brother, Jay, died.
On the day he died I was working on the tile mural and I placed his name and date of death on one of the tiles.
I showed it to her and she loved it.
I also placed her name, mine and Mark's on a tile when it was done.
Lee passed quietly into the night with Tony at her side.
I hope whenever she is that the paints are true, the canvass tight and the powers that be ready, I know she will be putting them all to work.
We love her dearly and will miss her always.
Safe travels and Peace be at your side, along with fields of butterflies and hummingbirds.