Barbara Rochelle Lewis

Barbara Lewis

Barbara Rochelle Lewis age 67, passed away peacefully due to complications from stage 4 Breast Cancer. Barbara was born April 29, 1955, in Columbus, Ohio at Grant Hospital to James C. Hardemon and Marie Edmond and raised by Uncle Lee and Aunt GG at 198 S. 21st Street.

Barbara eloped and married Ernest Eugene Broomfield in 1970. He preceded her in death.

Barbara loved to love on people, her life was a living example of her favorite Bible verse, Matthew 5:16, Let your light so shine before men so that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven.

For many years Barbara worked and was a member of Guiding Light Christian Center for Youth. She also earned her degree in Communications and became a Chemical Dependency Counselor for Amethyst for over a decade.

Barbara also loved poetry and literature and even started a book that was set to be published in 2024. One of her greatest achievements was her Editor’s Choice Award presented to her in July of 2005 for an outstanding achievement in Poetry, presented by the International Library of Poetry.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; James C. Hardeman and Marie Edmondson and son; Kevin Lewis.

Barbara leaves to cherish her memories, husband; Chudi Onyejekwe, daughter; Kwame (Keith) Williams, sons; Kwesi Broomfield, Ernest (Niome) Broomfield, Michael Onyejekwe, Mercedes (fiancee’Angela) Lewis, sister; Diane Lewis, brothers; William Lewis, James ( fiance’ Felicia) Hardemon, cousins; Kim Williams, Rosalyn Williams, Geneva Williams, grandchildren; (Kwame), Chyna, Malayzia , Koreya Washington and Keiame Williams, ( Kwesi) Lil Kwesi, Kwentel. Katana, Kwentez, Kwense, Kweson, Kanye, Journey, Kamari, Tyree (Ernest) Priest E., Savyon E., Elijah E, Jaycee E. and Noah E. Broomfield, (Kevin Lewis), Kevin Eugene Bryant, (Michael Onyejekwe), Carma Onyejekwe and Michael Onyejekwe lll, (Mercedes Lewis) DiAngelo Lewis, as well as a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends; Ms. Shirley, Ms. Claudia, Ms. Mary Ann, Judy Hunt, Vicki, Kyla and Sister Becky.

Visitation 2:00 PM and Memorial Service 3:00 PM Sunday, January 22, 2023 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd). To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Lewis Family, visit

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Condolence Messages

  1. Dr. Becki Sanford (Parker)

    Well done, Sis. Barbara Lewis!!!

    Loving condolences to Eugene, Kwame, Kwesi,
    Michael, Mercedes, and Family.

    From: Dr. Becki Sanford (Parker)
    Guiding Light Christian Center/
    Guiding Light Preparatory School

    I heard the voice of Jesus say,
    “Come unto me and rest;
    lay down, O weary one,
    lay down your head upon my breast.”
    I came to Jesus as I was,
    so weary, worn, and sad;
    I found in him a resting place,
    and he has made me glad (Bonar, 1846)

  2. Cicely Williams

    My dear cousin’s, I will miss my auntie cousin soo much with her big personality. You all are in my prayers with much respect and love

    Cicely Williams

  3. Christina Wofford

    1/21/23,So Sorry For Your Loss, My Prayers And Condolences Going Out To All The Family and Close Friends, She Will be Truly missed,My Beloved Beautiful Long Time Sister-Friend Mrs.Barbara R.Lewis-Broomfield,I Love You See You In The Morning!!!

  4. My dear cousin’s, I send my condolences, I’m going to miss my auntie-cousin with her vivid personality, she was a true warrior queen, I will definitely be praying for you all.

  5. My sincere condolences to the Lewis & Broomfield Family.
    Love Brenda Thomas
    Walnut Ridge H.S.

  6. So sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother
    Thinking of you and your family

  7. Ms. Carolyn Parker

    Ohh you were like a second mom you showed and taught me so much you will not be forgotten and your smile brightened up the world

  8. May you and your family have comfort in the loss of your loved one Barbara Lewis,

    I wanted to send the family and friends of Barbara a comforting Bible scripture. Revelation 21:3 ”God… will wipe all tears from their eyes, and their will be no more death, suffering, crying, or pain.


  9. To the family of Sis. Lewis,
    With each new day may peace find a place in your hearts. As you walk through this time of loss, may you know that the Lord walks with you and he will comfort you in your time of grief. May God bless all of you.
    Love Ann Marie Carreker

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