On Saturday, February 8, 2020, Shirley Ruth (nee Hallenbeck) Lewis transitioned from labor to reward.
Shirley Lewis was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, on November 8, 1943, to the late Reverend Edward Hallenbeck and Albatina (nee Corbin) Hallenbeck. She was raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. She accepted Christ at an early age and was reared at Emmanuel Pentecostal United Holy Church in Jersey City, NJ. She met and married the love of her life, Nathaniel Lewis, Jr., on November 17, 1960. To this union, three children were born: Chalice Rodgers, Nathaniel T. Lewis, III, and Cheryl Nettingham.
After residing in Jersey City, NJ and Newark, NJ, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis moved to Plainfield, New Jersey. Mrs. Lewis was employed as a banker for what is now known as Wells Fargo before retiring after more than 30 years.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia, in April of 2013, where she resided until the time of her death.
Shirley Lewis loved to travel with her husband. She continued to grow her collection of elephants from various parts of the world. She enjoyed shopping and listening to music. She loved watching Westerns and Food Network; however, her favorite pastime was watching Hallmark.
Mrs. Lewis was a beloved member of Village Church. She loved her Village family and the Seasoned Saints. She had a special place in her heart for her Hallmark/Belk buddy Deacon Phyllis Andrews.
She will continue to be loved and missed by many, near and far.
Shirley Lewis was preceded in death by her husband, Nathaniel Lewis, Jr., five sisters and three brothers. She is survived by her children, Chalice Rodgers, Nathaniel Lewis, III (MariRose), and Cheryl Nettingham (Darren), one brother Bishop Peter Hallenbeck (Myrna), a sister-in-love Irma Hallenbeck, five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a host of family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Village Church in memory of Shirley Lewis.
Village Church, 4013 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456
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