Barbara Lewis Plumb

Obituary of Barbara Lillian Lewis Plumb

Barbara Lillian Lewis Plumb passed away on April 5, 2022 at age 78.

She was such a strong woman and such a fighter who had navigated a rough path for many years through a tough cancer battle and through this pandemic, but this last battle with MRSA was just too much.

Barbara was born in Kansas City, Missouri on March 8, 1944 to James Franklin and Janet Mildred (Taylor) Lewis. She graduated from Duluth East High School class of 1962 and from UMD class of 1966, where she studied art and home economics. She taught Home Economics in Redwing, Minnetonka, and Duluth for many years. She married Gerald Morsch Plumb in 1969, became a mother in 1973 and 1975, and devoted her life at that time to raising her children.

She opened her bookstore, The Amazing Alonzo, in 1982 which she ran with the help of her many friends and family for forty years. She made many long lasting friendships and appreciated everyone who shopped there.

Her favorite pastimes were gardening, cooking, reading, crocheting, spending time with family and friends and watching videos of people slip and fall on the ice. She also had a wicked sense of humor.

She leaves behind her brothers Frank and David Lewis, her son Eric, his wife Sari and grandkid Silver, daughter Molly and grandson Darian and his partner Emily, step-daughter Amy Hartwell, and her wonderful cousins whom she loved and adored beyond words. She was preceded in death by her parents James and Janet and husband Gerald.

The family would also like to thank her dear friends who helped her during her illness in travels and support as well as her doctors and at the Mayo Clinic who helped keep Barb with us for twelve years after her Myelofibrosis diagnosis.

If you knew her - she loved you.

In lieu of flowers, she has asked that people donate blood. It’s in such high demand right now, and she was always so thankful for those who had donated so that she could live.

Please contact: to find a blood center in your area. Or consider a donation to the ACLU which helps in supporting the beliefs that Barb held dear.

A celebration of life will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth on May 14th, 2022 at 1pm.

A Memorial Tree was planted for Barbara
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Cremation Society Of Minnesota | Duluth
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