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Sydney Kaye Lewis
August 12, 1959 ~ November 28, 2023 (age 64) 64 Years Old
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To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born and a time to die;...a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-2a, 4 Sydney Kaye Lewis was born on August 12, 1959, in Chicago, Illinois. She was the second of three children born to James and Bernice Lewis. The family lived on the west side until they moved to Bellwood, Il in 1973. Sydney attended Proviso East High School and graduated in 1977. She went on to earn an associate degree in computer technology from Triton College, where she also worked as a technology specialist for 18 years. After leaving Triton Sydney worked in the service industry. Her last position was with U-Haul.
Growing up, Sydney Kaye (as she was known to family) was a “spirited” child, keeping her parents (and her siblings) on their toes. She settled down a bit after her son, Sidney Raye, was born in 1979. As a single parent, she was a fierce and firm advocate for her child, supporting his interest in sports which he excelled in (he often says his mom is the reason he is the man he is). She shared this love of sports, especially football, and attended many of Sidney Raye’s games. In 2005, she met the love of her life, Glenn Turner, through a mutual friend and they have been together ever since. She and Glenn loved to travel and shared many adventures together.
Sydney was baptized into the faith in 1984 at Broadview Baptist Church. Her mother was the director of vacation bible school there and made sure all her children had a relationship with Christ. Sydney assisted her mother in various roles during VBS. Most importantly, Sydney had a testimony. She was diagnosed with COPD about 10 years ago, which ultimately led to her going onto a ventilator in late 2019. After 2 years of doctors saying she would not come off the ventilator, Sydney walked out of the long-term care facility and went home on oxygen only. Glenn cared for her at home until she had to go back on the ventilator in 2022.
Sydney was called home on November 28th following a lengthy hospital stay. Left behind to cherish her memory: her son, Sidney Raye Lewis; her companion of 17 years, Glenn Turner; stepdaughters Amber Turner Bradburn (Michael) and Samantha Turner Jahn (Michael); her sister Leslie Jackson and brother James S. Lewis; grandchildren (Jordyn Lewis, 16; Saya Bradburn, 8; Grey Bradburn, 3; Leonardo Jahn, 4; Vera Jahn, 10 months); a nephew (Darrel Washington) and 5 nieces (Ashley Lewis, LaNesha Lewis, LaNequa Lewis, LaNelle Lewis, Lorinda Jackson); a grandniece and several grandnephews; and a host of cousins and friends.