Sad news amid the fiscal cliff madness: Lillian Miles Lewis, the wife of U.S. Rep. John Lewis, died this morning in Atlanta, his office announced. Spokeswoman Brenda Jones said John Lewis is returning to Atlanta today but had no more details to release about the cause of death.
The Lewises had been married 44 years. They have one son, John Miles.
From the AJC’s obit:
Lillian Lewis met her future husband when he was already a civil rights legend, and played a key role in his transition to a career in politics.
Lewis, whose father owned a small contracting business, attended Los Angeles High School with the late Johnny Cochran, received an undergraduate degree in English from California State College (now California State University) at Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in library science at the University of Southern California.
She developed a lifelong interest in Africa when she taught in a student program in