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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:11 PM

RIP, Lillian Miles Lewis, wife of civil rights icon, Congressman John Lewis

Lillian Miles Lewis, 73: Wife, adviser of U.S. Rep. John Lewis

Posted: 5:21 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2012

Lillian Miles Lewis, U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ wife, friend and political adviser, died Monday at Emory University Hospital. She was 73.

Close friend Xernona Clayton said Lillian Lewis had been ill for an extended period of time but encouraged her husband to continue with his career.

“She’d kind of get on him about telling people she was sick,” Clayton said. “She didn’t want that to be the focus. She wanted him to do his work.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Lewis met her future husband when he was already a civil rights legend, and she played a key role in his transition to a career in politics. Many thought the couple were a perfect match.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:17 PM

1. They met at a New Years Eve party in '67. RIP to a wonderful woman..

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