In lieu of a funeral and/or interment, a memorial service will be held for Savannah Lewis at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Copperas Cove Christian House of Prayer at 916 W. U.S. Highway 190.
While hosted by the church, Scott’s Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Pastor Amanda Sudbury of Clarksville, Tennessee, who knows the family, will be officiating.
Lewis was born Oct. 12, 2001, in Fort Carson, Colorado. She was a sophomore at Copperas Cove High School, where she found and nurtured a passion for music, art, gymnastics and cheer.
Above all, she valued her family, especially the relationship he had with her father. She was diagnosed in 2016 with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that attacks bone and the surrounding tissue, which she battled before finally dying in her sleep in the early evening hours of Jan. 2. She was 16 years old.
Julie Moser, liaison for David Lewis, said the memorial service is open to the public and asked anyone attending to dress appropriately. While the original dress code was for everyone to wear blue and gold, the only stipulation now is there should be no black.
“This memorial is to honor Savannah, her strength, her fight, her humor and her optimism,” she said.
At least 500 people are expected to attend, and the Christian House of Prayer has seating for more than 500 should that number go over the expected amount.
Moser said after visiting the church, “It is a beautiful place to honor Savannah.”
People are encouraged to meet at the Cove H-E-B parking lot at 12:45 p.m., and to leave at 1:30 p.m. in a vehicular procession to the Christian House of Prayer, with the memorial service to begin at 2 p.m.
While there may be other speakers present, Sudbury will preside over the service, and a slide show will be shown in honor of Lewis and her life.
Moser will be present, as will the Lewis family, though the family is not expected to speak.
Sympathy flowers may be sent to the Cove Christian House of Prayer. Lewis and her family also requested memorial donations be made in her memory to the Pink Warrior Angels (www.pinkwarrorangels.org), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org), or McLane’s Children’s Hospital in Temple (www.swchildrens.org.).
In addition, the campaign set up for #SavannahStrong is still in effect. The funds from the campaign are used to offset the family’s financial burden. To clarify any confusion, the following statement has since been made: “All funds will be used (to) lessen the financial burden with medical cost(s), (and) funeral expenses (not already covered) for Savannah Lewis’ Memorial.”