Saturday, July 6, 2013, at 2 p.m., the Hewitt family witnessed the peaceful passing of their very ill wife and mother, Carol Jean Hewitt. She was born Nov. 25, 1931, at home in Soda Springs, Idaho. Life was hard in those days and they were considered fortunate to have a farm and took care of other family members. Jeanie was raised in Fruitland, Idaho, as an only child with a special connection with her father. Her brother was not born until Jeanie was an adult.
On the other side of town was a 13-year-old boy also raised as an only child, Mickey S. Hewitt, who became her lifetime love and husband. As a child, she had a dog named Mickey, and he also had a childhood dog named Jeanie. After graduating from Fruitland High School in 1949, she moved to Boise for a job at the state capitol building working in the Treasury Department. With a very strong love and bond, she married Mickey Hewitt on July 15, 1951. Their first home was a small, new house in Boise, where they had three children, and another child was born in Montana, making four children in five years.
Settling in Lewiston for 10 years, she had fun traveling often for horse races, watching as an owner and enjoyed watching son Jim as a jockey. Jeanie worked part-time at Sacajawea Junior High in the office and was on a bowling team. She played bridge and was on a golf team at the Lewiston Country Club. She was always home after school for her children. After the kids had graduated, she and Dad moved to Venezuela for three years for his work. She moved back to Lewiston for a couple years only to settle in her favorite place, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii, for 28 years where they lived, loved, played and worked.
She always supported her husband in his powerful public relations-type job and gave her best with the most optimistic outlook on everything. They built their dream home on Lioholo Drive, a street named after them meaning "race horse."
Jeanie golfed with a team in Maui that marshaled the professional golf tournaments, and she volunteered for local elections and March of Dimes. Mom and Dad moved back to Lewiston in their retired years to be closer to family and enjoy the changing seasons. Her greatest joy was her children and grandchildren, her dogs Annie and Sparkey, her computer and watching television.
Her wonderful disposition and positive attitude will always be remembered by her loved ones and many friends.
She is survived by her husband, Mickey Hewitt; all four children, Jim Hewitt (Tami), Cindy Wilson (Gale), Judi Tierney, Charley Hewitt; brother Alan Blackburn; 10 grandchildren, Barbie Muller, Nicole Zollman, Jami Perky, Keith White, Charli Coldiron, Heather Hewitt, Mickey Hewitt, Mandy Hewitt, Drew Tierney and Jillian Tierney; and 11 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, Benjamin Harrison Blackburn and Kleo Wixom Blackburn.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston.
Donations may be made in her name to the Lewis-Clark Animal Shelter.