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Claire Elaine (Cundiff) Lewis, 60, Brown County

Claire Elaine (Cundiff) Lewis, 60, rural Brown County, passed quietly to a better place with the Lord on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Nashville, after a short and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born March 2, 1952, in Terre Haute to Thomas Wickliffe Cundiff and Maxine Claire (Shaw) Cundiff. They survive. Other survivors include her loving husband of 34 years, Paul Robert Lewis, Jr. of Trafalgar; her brother, Paul Winston Cundiff of Jamestown, Ky.; numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and in-laws in both the Lewis and Cundiff families. Claire was devoted to her husband's children, Paul Robert Lewis III of Shelbyville, Thomas Christopher Lewis of Indianapolis, and Amanda Marlene Lewis, who preceded her in death.

Claire graduated from Indiana Central University with a degree in elementary education, but instead of teaching, she chose to work in the hotel industry for several years. She then pursued a career as a fingerprint classifier for the Indiana State Police and received a commendation for her work that led to the resolution of numerous violent crimes. After 16 years with ISP, Claire retired to explore and follow her artistic dreams.

During "the dash" between her birth and passing, it was surely Claire's laughter and "wide as Texas grin" that lingered first in everyone's impression. Vivacious, adventuresome, artistic, kind-hearted, charitable (always quietly), wickedly irreverent, gardener, chef supreme, home improvement specialist, lover of nature and all animals (especially their dog, Tess), voracious reader and friend to all, Claire pursued life with boundless enthusiasm and curiosity. When Paul and Claire moved to Brown County in 1994, their home - indoors and out - quickly became a testimony to her creative talents. With her ability to create, make, stitch, paint or build extraordinary things, nothing in Claire's world was ever ordinary. From the bright orange shutters on their brick home - an homage to her love of "da Bears" - to the unique wind chimes she donated yearly to the Brown County Children's Auction, you could always see and feel the passionate expressions of Claire. She loved traveling, especially to Gulf Shores, and many scenic vistas became the inspiration for her paintings, stained glass work and other objects of art. Each year, Claire selected a number of her sketches and paintings as subjects for her greatly anticipated Christmas cards. Despite her failing health, she was able to finish this year's work and took great joy in knowing that they would once again be sent to her family and friends.

A celebration of Claire's remarkable life will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Cottonwood Church in Morgantown, with Pastor Darrell Miller officiating. Visitation with the family will be at the church from noon until service time.

Expressions of sympathy can be made in any way that touches your heart. A sentence or two in a card or at the online living memorial sharing memories of Claire would be a wonderful remembrance for the family to cherish and share. Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.bondmitchellfuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions can be made in Claire's memory to the American Cancer Society, 4567 Progress Drive, Columbus, IN 47201, or at http://main.acsevents.org/goto/Claire_Elaine_Lewis; or for research to the Alzheimer’s Association, 9135 N. Meridian St., Suite B4, Indianapolis, IN 46209-7109.

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  • October 31
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • October 31
    Trick-or-Treat hours set for Nashville
    6 to 9 p.m. Nashville
  • October 31
    Deadline to RSVP for Brown County/Purdue Extension dinner meeting
  • October 31
    Sprunica church fall community night
    5 to 9 p.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • October 31
    Trunk or Treat at Helmsburg church
    6 to 8 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • November 1
    Annual chicken noodle dinner, craft bazaar at Christiansburg church
    4 to 7 p.m. Christiansburg United Methodist Church, 7372 S. Christianburg Road
  • November 1
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 1
    Annual craft, bake sale at Helmsburg church
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St.
  • November 1
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 1
    Annual bazaar, quilt raffle, bake sale, bean dinner
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Goshen Community Church, 2798 Gatesville Road, Bean Blossom
  • November 3
    Nashville Redevelopment Commission
    4:30 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • November 4
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • November 4
    Government offices CLOSED
  • November 4
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    7 to 8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • November 5
    Woodworkers club
    7 p.m. Charlie Roush's Shop, 6987 Christianberg Road
  • November 5
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • November 6
    Gospel jam session
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East, Gnaw Bone
  • November 6
    WRAPS meetings
    7 to 9 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 6
    Salt Creek Trail Committee
    10 a.m. BC Parks & Rec. Office, 1001 Deer Run Lane
  • November 6
    Brown County Schools Board of Trustees
    6:30 p.m. Helmsburg Elementary School, 5378 Helmsburg School Road
  • November 6
    Rotary Club
    7:15 a.m. Artists Colony Inn, 105 S. Van Buren St.
  • November 7
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 8
    Second Saturday Village Art Walk
    5 to 8 p.m. Downtown Nashville
  • November 8
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • November 8
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 8
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 11
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 11
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • November 12
    Mandatory scholarship meeting at the high school
    6:30 p.m. Brown County High School, 235 School House Lane
  • November 12
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • November 13
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 14
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 15
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 15
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 18
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 19
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • November 20
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 23
    Nashville Reserve Officers host chili cook-off
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nashville P.D., 200 Hawthorne Drive
  • December 13
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road