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Donna Lewis, beloved educator, civic and church leader, dies at 87

Published: 11:53 AM, 09/03/2013 Last updated: 11:54 AM, 09/03/2013

Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-A woman whose name became synonymous with Cosby High School during her nearly 40 years as a teacher there has died.

Donna Lewis died peacefully at her Edwina home early Monday morning, September 2, 2013, following an illness of nearly a year. She was 87.

She was born August 6, 1926, one of five children of Walter 'Walt' Layman and his wife, the former Maude Clark.

As a child, she entered the old Edwina School, a three-room structure which stood on the site of today's Forestry Service building. In an interview with Katie Pittser in February of 2012, Lewis recalled walking to the school from the family home on Chicken Hollow Road and the old pot-bellied stoves that heated the small structure.

"There were several children from here that walked to school at Edwina so we would all walk together," she said. "I remember if it was raining or snowing, my father would pile all of us into his old truck and drive us down there. It wasn't until I was in third or fourth grade when the county decided to let us ride the bus that would pass by and take kids to the high school."

For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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