Evy Magnusson Newlin, 92, was called home on the morning of May 27, 2019. She was predeceased by her husband, Lyman Newlin.
Evy is survived by her sons, Fred and Erik; and by many relatives, and countless friends whose lives she touched with her kindness and spirit.
A long-time resident of Lewiston, she moved there with her family in 1981. Born in Sweden, she immigrated to the United States by herself at the age of 22. She first lived in Chicago, where she worked as a dental assistant; then a clerk at Texaco; and then spa manager of the prestigious Women’s Athletic Club; and at the Swedish Consulate.
By any measure, Evy had a very full and adventurous life. Growing up on a small farm in Sweden with eight siblings, her days were full of family and nature. She cherished every day of her life, and always made the most of her time. Chasing her dreams was something she always embraced.
Upon emigrating to the U.S., she became a prize-winning marksman, avid hiker, equestrian and mountain climber. One of her proudest accomplishments was being the only woman in her party to summit the Grand Tetons, outlasting many of her male teammates. Her ceaseless love for hiking even inspired her to walk several miles along the Bruce Trail near Tobermory at the age of 91.
Her many interests included wildlife, painting, kayaking, photography, bird-watching, music, astronomy, skiing and cycling.
Evy loved Lewiston and was enthusiastic about bettering the community. She was a longtime volunteer for the HART program, and 20 years ago led the successful petition drive to construct a path along River Road, connecting Lewiston and Youngstown. She served as a voting inspector for Niagara County and the Village of Lewiston for many years. She participated regularly in the Lewiston Art Council’s Art Festival, winning several awards for her photographs and winning Best in Show for her delicious Queen’s Jam.
Evy will be fondly remembered for her kindness, sense of humor, zest for life, and concern for people and animals. She passed these traits on to her sons Erik, who volunteered at the SPCA and studied at Cornell Veterinary College, and Fred, who served as supervisor for the Town of Lewiston.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at Lewiston’s Lutheran Church of the Messiah. All are welcome.