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Lillian Lewis, Wife of Congressman John Lewis, Dies

12/31/2012, 7:52 p.m.

Lillian Miles Lewis, the wife of Georgia Congressman John Lewis, has died.

Mrs. Lewis, who had been ill for a while, passed on Monday at Emory University Hospital. But she had encouraged her husband to move forward with his career.

"She'd kind of get on him about telling people she was sick," her close, friend Xernona Clayton, said. "She didn't want that to be the focus. She wanted him to do his work."

According to the White House, President Obama called Rep. Lewis on Monday to express his condolences.

Many thought the couple who married in 1968, were a perfect match.

"She was a feisty lady," said Temi Silver, an event planner and longtime friend. "He was so sweet and gentle; he needed her to take care of him."

Mrs. Lewis is survived by her husband and her son, John-Miles Lewis.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

(Source: The Atlanta Journal Constitution Journal)