Talented artist

Published in the December 7, 2017 edition

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Lale A. Lewis, 70, died at Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Wilmington, N.C., on November 28, 2017.

She was born August 17, 1947 in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Ali and Muhlise Husni. Lale worked in Manhattan and received a B.A. from Queens College in 1980. In 1982 she moved to North Reading. She received teaching accreditation in 1996 and her M.A. from UMass in 1997. She taught art in the Methuen school system from 1997-2009 and had several private art students.

In 2009 she moved to Wilmington, N.C. and was teaching part time at Dreams. Recently Lale went back to her own artwork leading to the production of scores of paintings and many art shows. Lale was active in various organizations in Massachusetts and Wilmington, N.C. She loved to teach, dress, dance, cook, entertain, garden and decorate, and especially to be with family and friends.

Lale was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Nejla Camponeschi. She is survived by her husband Paul Lewis, her daughters and their husbands Filiz and Wayne Pyles of North Beach, Md., and Melissa and John Ketchum of Kure Beach, N.C.; her brother Altan and his wife Sandy Husni of Middletown, Del.; nieces and nephews John Camponeschi of Monte Vista, Colo., Geannan Camponeschi of Santa Monica, Calif., Michael Husni, Kyle Husni and Eric Husni of Middleton, Del.

She is also survive by her four grandchildren, Nicolas, Cameron and Gabrielle Gullotti and Liam Pyles of North Beach, Md., her sisters-in-law, Joyce Halpin of Scarborough, Maine and Marie Lewis of Benicia, Calif.; her stepchildren Paul Lewis, Jr. of Methuen, Barbara Lewis of Bangor, Maine and Ryan Lewis of Eliot, Maine.

In lieu of flowers gifts can in Lale’s name may be given to Dreams of Wilmington: https://dreams2020.org/celebrating-20-years/dreams2020/.