Lois Helen Dewey, known as Helen, passed away peacefully at the age of 80 on the 4th of July, following a brave struggle with lung cancer. Helen was born and reared in California, the daughter of Frank Sidney Hewitt and Lois Ann (Purdy) Hewitt. Her big brother Frank, Jr. chose 2-month-old Helen, in the California Children's Home, because she was the prettiest baby- and she wasn't crying. Helen was always pleased that she shared her father's birthday. Helen grew up in Imperial Valley, California and graduated as Valedictorian from Calipatria High School in 1950. She moved to San Diego to attend Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and met Lt. William E. Dewey in March of that first year of training. Bill swept her off her feet and asked her to marry him on their fourth date. They married June 7, 1951 and celebrated over 53 years of marriage before Bill's sudden passing in 2004.
Helen and Bill had two daughters, Lois Ann and Helen Marlene. As a family of four, they moved every year or so with various US Navy assignments, and Helen accomplished over 27 moves to match Bill's 28 years of active duty and retirement. She poured her considerable talents into her life as a fulltime homemaker, wife, and mother. When Cdr. Dewey was assigned to be the U.S. Naval Attaché and Attaché for Air to the Republic of South Africa, Helen was also sent to Defense Intelligence School in Washington D.C. Her ear for the Afrikaans language and outstanding memory for names and faces were invaluable in their work together. In 1971, after retiring from the Navy, the family moved to Loveland, Colorado. Trips in the Airstream, and fishing and building a cabin in Wyoming, were favorite adventures, in addition to encouraging daughter Ann in her Forest Biology degree and daughter Helen in music studies. Mrs. Dewey also loved her role as Grandma Dewey aka "Silly Grammy."
She is survived by her daughter Helen Dewey Reikofski and husband Roger Reikofski, of Denton, Texas; five grandchildren, Dewey Reikofski, Cora Reikofski, and Ann Reikofski, of Denton, Jonathan Sipes and Hannah Spencer, of Brooklyn, and Eric Sipes and Tracie, of Denver; one great-grandson Ashton Sipes; brother Frank Hewitt and wife Sally, of Aptos, California; and cousins, nieces and nephews from California and Washington to Wyoming. Helen was preceded in death by her husband Bill, daughter Ann Dewey, great-grandson Breck, and her parents.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 10 at 2pm at First United Methodist Church, Denton. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to the Scholarship Fund of the Fine Arts Academy of FUMC, Denton. 201 S. Locust St. Denton, TX 76201.