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Date published: 11/6/2012

By Jennifer Strobel


Connie's Hat Shop sponsored an Easter bonnet dinner meeting at the General Washington Inn. One scrapbook photo shows a large gathering of Welcome Wagon Club members--all wearing fashionable hats--at the dinner.

The Free Lance-Star regularly published news of the Welcome Wagon's Newcomers Bridge Club. A few members still continue to play as a group.

By the time of her death in 1999, Hewetson's newcomer status had long since been transformed through her deep involvement in community work. The list of her active civic involvement fills two pages, with many more pages subdivided into her deeds with the League of Women Voters; Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Inc.; and the Girl Scouts at both local and state levels--to name a few organizations she worked with.

Her legacy touched many.

One letter-writer, Evelyn Schremp, wrote, "Many families stayed here, raised our children and grandchildren here, because Frances Hewetson made us feel welcome."

Hewetson's daughter touched the lives of many of those children and grandchildren. She has retired after 30 years teaching, with 28 years in Spotsylvania County as a kindergarten and first-grade teacher.

Jennifer Strobel: 540/374-5432
Email: jstrobel@freelancestar.com

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