Linda “Jualene” O’Hara Lewis, 78, of Gainesville, passed away Wednesday,
May 26th, 2021, after a brief illness.
Jualene was born in Valdosta, Georgia, August 16th,1942, to the late Marvin and Ruby O’Hara of Live Oak, Florida. She married H. Wendell Lewis, also of Live Oak, Florida. This union was blessed with three children. Wendell preceded her in death on August 26th, 2008.
She attended the public schools of Suwannee County and was a 1960 graduate of Suwannee High School and later graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in education. Jualene went on to teach elementary school in Alachua County.
At the time of her passing she was President of Lewis Oil Co., a Chevron/Texaco jobbership started by Wendell and Jualene over 58 years ago. Mrs. Lewis managed the business accounts while Wendell tended to the shipping and delivery side of their business. Jualene also served as president of her condo association in Saint Augustine, Florida where she was considered the best condo association president on the First Coast. Jualene Lewis was a champion of local business and activist for free enterprise and economic opportunity.
She was an avid reader, especially of Russian History, American Biographies, and historical novels. She enjoyed researching family genealogy, playing the piano, watching the Florida Gators, working in her flower gardens, and enjoying her many cats.
Her beautiful life will be forever cherished in the lives of her children: Wenda A. Lewis, Hugh M. Lewis, and Don W. Lewis all of Gainesville; two brothers: M. Lowell O’Hara of St. Augustine, Florida, and W. Gayl O’Hara (Bobbie) of St. Augustine, Florida. Three nieces: Lyn Lewis, Leigh Lewis (Brown) both of Tampa Florida, and Ᾱbra O’Hara Murrell (Rick) of St. Augustine, Florida; two nephews: Parr O’Hara of St. Augustine, Florida, and Robin O’Hara (Courtney) of St. Augustine, Florida; two grandnephews: Noah Owens of Tampa, Florida, and Locke Murrell of St. Augustine, Florida; and a host of devoted cousins and friends.
Visitation will be Monday, May 31st, 4 pm to 6 pm, at Milam Funeral Home, 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville, Florida. Interment services will follow on June 1st, 2021, at 10:30 am, at Live Oak Cemetery, 110 Winderweedle St NW, Live Oak, Florida.