Fawn LaRae (Brooks) Hewett

04/11/1929 — 08/03/2020

From Des Moines, WA | Born in Portland, OR

Fawn LaRae (Brooks) Hewett

Fawn LaRae Hewett

Fawn LaRae (Brooks) Hewett was born in Portland, Oregon on April 11, 1929 to Josephus Xanthic “Joe” and Emma Charlotte (Krueger) Brooks. Fawn grew up with her sister Norma Jean on their family farm in the Skyline area of Portland, where their large extended family was always close at hand and ready to share good times along with the chores. Fawn was proud of her Oregon pioneer ancestors, who arrived by covered wagon or sailing ship, as well as our Native American ancestor who met them when they arrived. Her life was significantly impacted by the jarring events of World War II, but she always felt that it reinforced her beliefs of home, country, duty and service. Oregon State College (now University) was a major contributor to her life, as she met her husband, Gerald Richard “Dick” Hewett, as well as receiving awards with the Delta Zeta sorority, Phi Chi Theta honor society for women in commerce, the Outstanding Woman of the School of Business 1950 and a member of Mortar Board. She married her sweetheart Dick and worked for the Hyster Corporation while he finished dental school. After Dick’s time in the Army Dental Corps in San Francisco, she and Dick were stationed at Camp Hanford in Richland, Washington, where they made their home and family for over 60 years. They lovingly raised 3 children, Dave, Paul, and Sally, and enjoyed their family friends in the Tri-Cities with joy. Fawn loved to entertain, and did so with creativity, generous hospitality, and superb cooking. Fawn also devoted many hours of service to her husband’s and children’s activities, as well as to the Mid Columbia Symphony and Youth Symphony, YMCA and PEO. Her hobbies were always an inspired gift to others – quilting, sewing, cooking and gardening. She contributed to cookbooks, tested recipes, and created her own cookbook, “Fawn’s Family Favorites.” She made the best jam from their apricot tree, and grew roses to share with neighbors and friends. Quail came to eat the cracked corn on her patio. Her generous hospitality was always full of joy, but especially at Christmas time when everyone was invited to share the splendid decorations, food, and warmth of home. She and Dick loved to travel together to share their love and appreciation for others around the world. Another constant throughout her life was her love of dogs, which gave her joy to share with all. She and Dick were devoted to each other and they always counted family first. Fawn was most at home with having her entire family with her – sister Jean Nixon and her husband Bob Nixon, her children Dave and wife Mary Jo, Paul and wife Sandy, and Sally and husband Dan. Best of all was her love for her grandchildren, Jonathan and his wife Aubre, Julie, Alisa, Alex and his wife Allison, and Jason. A celebration of her life will be held in the future when we can all be together safely. For now, please share your prayers, remembrances, and love together with us on the online guestbook at www.einansatsunset.com. Memorial offerings may be made to Bethany Presbyterian Church, 15505 NW Springville Rd. Portland, OR 97229.

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  • So sorry for your loss, Sally.

    Kevin Ryan
    August 21, 2020
    Mill Creek, Wa.
  • I remember Fawn fondly, as she helped us find our poodle Tanner from the breeder her dog was from. When Tanner had to be put down, Fawn wrote us a very kind note of condolence. She was a friendly and gracious woman who I so enjoyed seeing in Leslie Groves Park. Our sympathies are with her family and friends.

    Deborah Hanlen
    August 19, 2020
    RICHLAND
  • Fawn (Mrs. Hewett) was a good neighbor and friend to my mother and father. She was one of the neighborhood moms that watched over us kids – trying to keep us out of trouble, feeding us lunch, snacks and sodas, and patching up our skinned up knees. She had a big heart but also ruled the roost – as a kid, you wanted to be sure and minded your Ps and Qs.

    I remember the BIG swing set in the backyard (biggest in the neighborhood), and buying their 1962 Chrysler (with push button transmission) – one the best cars ever owned.

    Fawn and her family definitely had a positive impact on my life and for that I am forever grateful.

    George Last
    August 18, 2020
    Richland, WA
  • Remembering my sweet Little Sis: We grew up as if joined at the hip . I was older but you were smarter, faster, and braver . Whatever the occasion we could depend on each other . This time I couldn’t keep you from going but I know how much you have missed Dick during this last year and a half. Seventy years together is a long time. You created a great family and were proud of every one of them. I also am proud to be aunt to them and understand the strong bonds each has with the other . I will forever love and miss my little sis. No one could adore and appreciate Christmas as could you.

    Norma Nixon
    August 13, 2020
    Forest Grove, Oregon
  • We’re sad to hear of Fawn’s passing. So many memories of times past! Our families grew up together, and were dear friends. I know our dad treasured his professional and personal relationship with your dad, and our mom loved her friendship (and recipe swapping) with your mom. Your mom always made us feel welcome in your home, as if we were part of your family.

    On behalf of Dana, Janelle, Randy…
    Barry Otterholt

    Barry Otterholt
    August 11, 2020
    Kirkland, WA
  • Please except my condolences on the loss of your mother. We were in the same PEO chapter and we all loved having meetings at her house…or when she was co-hostessing. She made the most delicious goodies and her recipe for peanut butter chocolate bars is a continuing favorite at our house. She was a lovely lady and is greatly missed.

    Carolyn Williams
    August 9, 2020
    Richland, WA
  • Paul, Dave and Sallie,
    Your mother was such a special lady. She was president of PEO when I was initiated, and then she helped me learn the ropes of the organization and co-hosted with me -I learned so much from her! She was always gracious and loving and patient. I am so grateful I got to know her better through this organization.
    I hope the many good memories you have of your folks will eventually ease some of the grief.
    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

    Ginny Quinley
    August 8, 2020
    Kennewick, WA
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