In loving memory of Jenny Lewis
We are devastated to announce that on the 30th July 2019, Jenny Lewis passed away peacefully at the Marie Curie hospice in Edinburgh, with her family around her.
Jenny was a beloved and devoted mother of five, grandmother, wife, sister and friend and played a vital role on the Committee of the Lister Housing Cooperative and MADEF Scotland, as well as here at DFA.
She had a positive impact on many people in her personal and professional life and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her.
In August Jenny’s family held a private funeral and celebrated her legacy of kindness, tenacity, community, creativity and joie de vivre.
Jenny was our Studio Manager and School & College Administrator.
“Jenny was at the heart and soul of Dance For All for 20 years and was so very much more than simply her role as school manager. We will miss her always, but will also forever remember her beautiful spirit, wonderful enthusiasm, endless empathy and care along with unstinting loyalty and dedication.
“She had a smile or a hug for everyone even throughout this most difficult past year and her presence was the key to the family ethos we hold dear at Dance For All. Our DFA family sends it’s most heartfelt condolences to Jenny’s family.” – Tracy Hawkes, on behalf of everyone at Dance For All.
Jenny had peritoneal cancer – it’s a rare and very aggressive cancer that is similar to ovarian cancer. Jenny continued to work throughout her treatment and, after retiring at the end of June, she enjoyed a short holiday with her family in Perthshire before being admitted to the Western General and, later, Marie Curie Edinburgh.
“All the doctors and nurses involved in Jenny’s care at the Western and Marie Curie have been amazing. She was also grateful for all the support, kindnesses, respect and friendship she received from her family, friends, neighbours, colleagues and the DFA community.” – Jeda Lewis, Jenny’s daughter, on behalf of the family.
Notes from colleagues, students & parent/carers
“Jenny was my absolute rock for the past 20 years and her unstinting love for her job shone through everything that she did at the DFA. We shared so many special times and we weathered so many stressful times together – she really was the big sister I never had and I will miss her always. ‘You can shed tears that she is gone, or you can smile that she has lived.” – Tracy Hawkes
“Throughout the twelve years that I taught at Dance For All, I always thought of Jenny as ‘the Angel in the office’. She was the epitome of warmth, kindness and humility and it was an honour to have her as a friend. My deepest sympathy goes out to her family.” – Steinvor Palsson
“It breaks my heart to know that Jenny is no longer with us. I have known Jenny for almost 20 years. She has been there to support me when needed. I have only ever known Jenny to be a positive, caring and kind person, always there for everyone else. Many many people will have very fond memories of Jenny. When we all think of her, I am sure that it will put a smile on our face and warmth in our hearts. Yes I am sad, however, I am honoured to have had the pleasure of being part of her life, for knowing such a beautiful soul. Jenny will live on in all of our hearts, I am sure of it.
– Samm Baigrie