Helen Lewis of Macomb moved to DC in World War II to work for the FBI finger printing division. She joined the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC almost at once she said "for the dances." She was on the board of ISS for about 50 years from 1943 to 1993 when she returned home to Macomb to retire. But she came back from Macomb twice past age 80 to volunteer to work on the Illinois Inaugural Galas of 1997 and 2001. At the latter Inaugural on a motion by Speaker Hastert and a second by Sen. Durbin, she was voted in as a lifetime honorary member and given a present from the society board members by former ISS Treasurer Peter Andriole. Ms. Lewis died in Macomb in on June 9, 2011 at the age of 95. More details from her official obtiuary follow:
After her service as president of the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC she also served on year as president of the Preisdent of the National Conference of State Societies from 1973 to 1974 and volunteered many times as chairman of the NCSS cherry blossom princess committee.
She was born April 30, 1916 in Macomb, Illinois to Philip Eric and Anna Doran Lewis. She is survived by one brother Bernard J. Lewis of Colchester, Illinois; two sisters; Doris Edwards of Beardstown, Illinois Joann Moore of Colchester, Illinois and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers; Philip Edward and John C. Lewis and one sister Mary Williams. She was a graduate of Western High in Macomb. She worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Finger Printing Department for 35 years. She was the first woman hired as a Department Head for the F.B.I. She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Macomb, McDonough District Hospital Auxiliary, McDonough County Genealogy Society and was the Chairman of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Illinois. She was a 50 year member of the Illinois State Society of Washington, D.C.