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Barbara Rochelle 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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