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Obituary for Edith Ethel Lewallen

Edith Ethel (Bertschy) Lewallen, age 94, passed away on March 6, 2023, at Citizens Medical Center, in Colby, KS.

She was born on July 30, 1928, to William and Emma Bertschy in Buena Vista, Colorado.

Edith grew up in Buena Vista, attending school and graduating from BVHS. In 1947 she met Jack Lewallen while working at Wright’s Lodge in Chalk Creek Canyon. They were married on Jack’s birthday, October 1, 1948, at Wright’s Lodge. They raised their two sons, Danny and Harley in Buena Vista.

Edith’s two loves were family and cooking. She was an excellent cook and loved to feed people. She worked in the school cafeteria until both sons had graduated and then began cooking at Spring Canyon Lodge, where she cooked for people from across the country. It was often said she could cook for four and feed eight. She had a knack for feeding the masses without notice.

After Jack and Edith retired, they spent several years fishing at Blue Mesa Reservoir, near Gunnison, CO. During that time Edith perfected her smoked salmon recipe and was generous in sharing the bounty.

In 2006, Jack and Edith moved to Winona, KS, while still spending the summer months at their home in the Chalk Creek Canyon.

Edith is survived by her two sons, Danny (Ellen) of Winona, KS and Harley (Mary) of Nathrop, CO and Lebanon, KS; and many, many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Jack, her parents, four brothers and three sisters.

A memorial service will be held in Buena Vista, Colorado over Memorial Day Weekend. Friends wishing to honor Edith are welcome to donate to the Logan County EMS, 710 West 2nd St, Oakley, KS 67748. For information or condolences visit