Florence M. Hewett
Thursday 8th of November 1923 - Tuesday 13th of August 2019
Florence Margaret Wise O'Connor was born November 8, 1923 in Newport, Kentucky. She was an only child of modest monetary means but of great wealth in terms of her stories and memories of parents and early life. She graduated from Seton High School in Cincinnati and later worked at Wright Aeronautical during the WW II era. She talked of going to work in the dark to the underground facility that is now part of GE Aviation and leaving in the dark at the end of the day. Meanwhile she and her future husband were writing scores of letters to one another while he was stationed in the Philippines. They married in 1946 and by 1947 had their first child, Bob. Not long after followed their second child, Tom. Robert H. Hewett worked for IBM in Cincinnati but was transferred to IBM in Lexington in 1959. Florence remained an avid Reds and Bengals fan, passing that interest to her children and grandchildren.
The Hewett's were charter members of Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Church on Hill-n-Dale Rd., just down the street from their Lexington home. Florence worked at Stewart's Dry Goods in downtown Lexington for 27 years where she managed the cosmetics department. She was a champion bowler at Southland Lanes for many years in several leagues. She had several 200 games and maintained an amazing average for a small lefty.
Florence was an avid participant in two Bunco groups, the Senior Citizen Center, Homemakers, and a Birthday Club. We will certainly miss being serenaded with "Happy Birthday" early each birthday morning.
She loved UK basketball and wearing her UK fan attire to games (quite possibly more so the attire). Florence's favorite color was purple; she considered herself Irish through and through. Keeneland was one of her favorites where her betting choices favored purple silks and gray horses with Irish names. She more often than not managed a win with that system. No holiday or birthday could pass without a card and present from her. She was a true fun lover, always ready for a trip with friends or family, and a delight to everyone she met.
Visitation for Florence will be on Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Milward-Southland Drive in Lexington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 16 at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Father Dan Noll will officiate. Burial will immediately follow at Calvary Cemetery in Lexington.
Melvin W Machalsays
I gave Florence driving lessons at Boone Driver School and helped get her driver's license. She was excited and happy that day and I was so happy she passed her driving exam. I remember her very well. She was a wonderful lady and I am sad to hear of her passing.
Liz Wendeln, SCNsays
May the family celebrate the life of a magnificent woman who brought much life into this world! My heart reaches out to you in gratitude!