Polly Hewitt, age 94, died in Lampasas on April 9, 2019.
She was born Mildred Pauline McBeth on Jan. 17, 1925 in O’Brien, Haskell County, Texas to E.A. and Nellie McBeth.
She attended high school in Weinert, where she was a cheerleader, band member, 1941 homecoming queen and editor of the yearbook.
At 17, she attended Wayland Baptist College in Plainview and at 19 went back to Weinert to teach fourth grade. Polly also had a love of fashion and owned Cinderella Dress Shops in Weinert and Rising Star.
She continued her education at Hardin Simmons College and later graduated from North Texas State with a major in home economics and a double minor in chemistry and art. Her first job offer after graduation was as a buyer for Neiman Marcus.
During WWII, she worked at Consolidated Aircraft Co. (now Lockheed Martin) in Fort Worth and served her country as a Rosie the Riveter installing the bomb bay side panels on the B-24 Liberator. Her contributions to the war effort are recognized at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.
She married George W. Hewitt on Jan. 23, 1954. They lived in Lakeside, and Polly was very active in the Garden Club and Azle Band Boosters. When her daughters attended Howard Payne University, she continued as a band booster and designed and made travel uniforms for the HPU band.
She was a charter member of Lakeside Baptist Church. After George and Polly retired and moved to Copperas Cove, she joined First Baptist Church of Copperas Cove. She supported the community by creating many costumes for church and school musical productions.
Polly was preceded in death by a sister, Vivian Maurine Johnson of Sacramento, and by her husband of 53 years.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Catherine Hewitt Carter of Killeen; two daughters, Kay Hewitt of Copperas Cove, and Jani Hewitt Edwards and husband Mickey of Lampasas; four grandchildren, Caety Edwards, Becci Scarborough Hooten and husband Nathan, Reagan Edwards, and Greg Scarborough and wife Crystal; seven greatgrandchildren, Jay Edwards and Brennan Edwards, and Nicholas, Addison, Reicher, Colton and Quincey Hooten; and nieces and nephews Jann, Gary, Chris, Andy and Joel.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, Lampasas County Livestock Association or a scholarship fund of one’s choice.
Visitation is April 13 from 2-3 p.m. at Sneed Funeral Chapel; funeral is at 3 p.m.
Burial will be April 14 at 3 p.m. at Shannon Rosehill Memorial Park in Fort Worth.