HURON — Darlene Hewett, 90, of Huron, formerly of the Iroquois area, died Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Avera Weskota Memorial Medical Center in Wessington Springs, SD. Her funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at Hope Lutheran Church in Huron with burial at Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation with family present will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Welter Funeral Home in Huron; or Saturday morning one hour prior to the service at the church. Greetings and condolences may be sent to Darlene’s daughter’s home at 104 Pershing Ave. N., Wessington Springs, SD 57382.
She was born on May 29, 1922, to Herbert C. and Emma (Peskey) Hein on the family farm home in Pearl Creek Township, Beadle County, South Dakota. Darlene attended elementary school at Oldenburg Country School, Pearl Creek Township. In 1943 she graduated from the Chicago School of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois as a practical nurse.
Darlene married Chester A. Hewett on March 22, 1945 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Belle Prairie, rural Iroquois, South Dakota. They had two children, a daughter Gaea and a son Donley, and enjoyed 59 years together.
Darlene was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where she was baptized, confirmed and married. She taught Sunday school for several years and served on the Altar Guild. She remained a member of the church until moving to Huron in 1972, at which time she joined Our Savior’s Lutheran Church where she was a member of ALCW (American Lutheran Church Women). She currently was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Huron, South Dakota. Darlene was a 25-year member of “Our Hour Together” extension club, holding all offices. She was lifetime member of the Disabled American Veteran’s Auxiliary (DAV).
Darlene worked as a nurse and an Avon representative in addition to volunteering at Helping hands Thrift Store. She was a member of the Low Vision Support Group at the Huron Senior Center. Upon retiring she learned to oil paint winning several ribbons and awards at both county and state fairs as well as craft shows. She taught oil painting classes for ten years in Arizona and in Huron at the Corner Stone Learning Center.
In recent years Darlene spent countless hours sewing and tying baby quilts and sewing hundreds of diapers for babies in Mexico. She went on two church mission trips to Mexico at age 86 and 87 to personally assist in delivering the baby quilts.
Darlene and Chester enjoyed extensive travels. For 27 years, they wintered in Apache Junction, Arizona.
Darlene is survived by a daughter, Gaea Blue (Gary), Wessington Springs, and a son, Donley Hewett, Hermosa; seven grandchildren, Paul Blue (Jennifer), Colorado Springs, Colo.; Amy Blue, Las Vegas, Nev.; Rebecca Blue, Washington, D.C.; Sarah Blue, Huron; Jacob Hewett (Karyne), Youngsville, La.; Joshua Hewett (Amanda), Custer, and Luke Hewett (Seanna), Hermosa; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, LaVonne Metter (Raymond); a sister-in-law LaVerne Hein; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband on December 4, 2004, her parents, and a brother, Eugene Hein.
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