Jean Marie Lewis of Lincoln, born in Omaha, Nebraska on January 16, 1945 passed away at her home on May 9, 2016.\n\nJean was a loving mother and grandmother who was devoted to her family and is survived by her daughters Mary Kathleen Crable (Kevin) and Lisa Marie Lightner (Kenny), grandchildren Courtney Floyd, Lyz Longnecker (Jason), and Ryan Crable (Autumn), great grandchildren Isaiah, Quentin, Adrianna, Adrian, Grace, Cooper, Hudson, Mary, Mikeala, closest cousin Susan Shemitis Goldberg, and brother Jim Lewis. She is preceded by grandson Nicholas Lightner, mother Marie Lewis and father Harold Lewis. She will be missed by many life-long friends and beloved cat Manchas.\n\nJean was an accomplished Nebraska photographer and long-time member of the local Writers Group, a community activist, local business owner (PageOne Bookstore), proud feminist and dedicated Democrat who worked tirelessly for the Obama campaigns. Of her many projects, she was most active with the Citizen's Climate Lobby as Co-chair and Treasurer. She along with her closest friend Marilyn McNabb were the co-founders of the Nebraska chapter. Jean's co-leader, Rebecca Seth, wrote about her:\n\n"Jean has been co-leader of our group since the beginning, acting as trusted advisor and as treasurer. She kept our roster, submitted field reports to national, wrote numerous letters to the editor both for the LJS and 3rd district newspapers, did extensive research and purchased the device that allows us to hear the conference call, was responsible for copying, organized our tabling efforts, forwarded our letters to the editor to our Members of Congress, as well as many other tasks that just got quietly and efficiently accomplished. Her gentle, wise presence will be sorely missed."\n\nShe was also a member of the Nebraska Democratic Party, Nebraskans for Peace and the Audubon Society. Much of her recent work centered around climate change, clean energy choices, stopping the Keystone pipeline, and for more than 20 years, projects that highlighted the value and beauty of the state's prairies and rivers through her photographs. Her most recent work, Czech Memories, Czech and Bohemian Towns, Churches and Cemeteries in Nebraska was published in conjunction with the 2010 Great Plains Studies Symposium "Czech and Slovak Americans, International Perspectives from the Great Plains."\n\nIn her own words, "I love Nebraska. I love the land and the people and the way of life that has evolved here. My purpose is to record all that I see. I never tire of traveling the state - looking, always looking, and sometimes finding portraits of rural and natural landscapes. My compulsion to photograph never diminishes, but grows stronger year after year. My life revolves around it. I support myself on part time work so that I will have the time I need. My family and friends kindly tolerate my preoccupation. My daughters grew up hearing, 'If you want me, I'll be in the darkroom.'" jeanlewisphotography.net\n\nA reception for friends and family will be held at Against the Wall Framing and Gallery, 6220 Havelock Avenue in Lincoln, on Friday, June 3, from 6-8pm.\n\nCondolences can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.\nMemorials can be made to the Citizen's Climate Lobby (5905 Wolff Lane, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68521) and the Cat House of Lincoln.