Posted: Oct 30, 2013 3:51 PM by Obituary
Wendy Bay Lewis of Bozeman passed away peacefully at home on October 29, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Wendy was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 22, 1949.
After graduating from Highland Park High School, Wendy attended American University in Washington D.C., receiving her political science degree in 1971, followed by a law degree from Arizona State University in 1974. In that same year, Wendy married her soulmate and love of her life, Ed Lewis. In 1976-1977, Ed and Wendy traveled around the world, sparking and furthering Wendy's interest in civil society and international relations. Daughters, Phoebe and Rachel, were born in 1978 and 1980. Wendy practiced immigration law in Phoenix, until the family moved to Bozeman in 1986. The family had fallen in love with Big Sky Country after vacationing in Montana for several years.
Wendy served as the Executive Director of the Montana Center for International Visitors for almost ten years, and later as the Development Director of the Bozeman Library Foundation, where she was instrumental in helping to raise the funds to build the new Bozeman Public Library. The past few years, Wendy served as a career coach for those looking to make mid-career transitions. Throughout her life, Wendy volunteered with many community and civic organizations in Arizona and Montana. Until the last day of her life, Wendy continued learning, writing, teaching, exploring, sharing, caring and living life to the fullest.
Wendy loved nature and the outdoors, enjoying hiking, biking, skiing and camping with family and friends.
Wendy is survived by her husband, Ed; daughter, Phoebe (husband Rich Higgins), daughter, Rachel; mother, B. J. Bay; sister, Leslie Bay; and brother, Carey Bay; as well as an extended community of family and friends. Wendy was preceded in death by her father, Herbert Bay.
A memorial service will be held at Congregation Beth Shalom, 2010 W. Koch St., Bozeman, on Friday, November 1 at 1PM. Memorial gifts may be made in Wendy's honor to Gallatin Valley Land Trust and The Bozeman Public Library.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.