Lakeside resident Stacey Hewitt died of a heart attack April 26 while pet sitting in Ajijic.
Born 71 years ago in Los Angeles as Sandra Ione Wimer, she grew up in California and went to school at Oxnard High School.
Hewitt was the essence of the New Age generation, immersing herself in the “alternative” culture by taking many related courses.
Her successful typing business attracted an elite clientele in Palo Alto, which included actress and diplomat Shirley Temple Black.
A determined bachelor girl, following a brief failed marriage to Leonard Hewitt when she was 19, none of her many male suitors managed to get her to tie the knot again.
Arriving at Lakeside seven years ago, Hewitt, who re-branded herself “Stacey” when a friend said the name was a better fit, lived in Ajijic at the Raquet Club.
She soon made an impact, volunteering with a host of local organizations and charities, including the Rotary Club, Jaltepec Centro Educativo (for training youngsters in the hospitality industry) and the Lake Chapala Society.
Although often opinionated, Hewitt had a vibrant personality, a big heart and was always ready to help anybody in need, if she could. A good listener, she readily gave sound advice.
Says long-time friend Bennie Le Bourvellec-Lincicome:
‘’When she loved someone, she loved that person to the moon and back.
Says Rosemary Grayson, another long-time friend: “She was always there for me to listen and help me through the tough times – especially during my 20 years of health problems. I know she adored my family. She surely showed us the love. It was mutual.”
Always seen in all the right places, with a vast, stylish and colorful wardrobe, Hewitt was affectionately known as “The Dancing Queen.”
Hewitt leaves a brother, Ron and a niece Veronica.
Her friends, headed by Karen McConnaughey of Focus on Mexico, are supporting the costs of funeral arrangements with their donations. Those who want to help and fund a warm celebration of Hewitt’s life should contact McConnaughey at karenfocusonmexico.com.
Heather Elizabeth King-Hedinger
British citizen and long time Zapopan resident Elizabeth King-Hedinger, nee Milburn, 98, died quietly in Madrid, Spain, on April 30, where she had most recently been living with her daughter, Lucretia Aldao.
She was happily married for over 40 years to her adored and adoring husband, King, with whom she had a life that included residences in Indonesia, Hong Kong, The Philippines, Japan, New York, Spain and Mexico.
King-Hedinger was born in Northumberland and educated at Priorsfield School for Girls. Later, she studied to be a professional artist in London, where she lived during World War II. Her war service proudly included working as a British Army captain and running clubs for servicemen during the occupation of Austria following the war.
King-Hedinger is the proud grandmother of three and great-grandmother of five beautiful children. In addition, she is survived by her two daughters, Lucretia of Madrid, Spain, and Aurora and her husband Jose Manuel Delgado Griego of Seattle, Washington. They are proud of her many gifts including strength, vivacity, discipline and originality. She was a gifted artist as well as an avid gardener, skier and horsewoman. Her splendid horses and dogs brought her great joy.
In Guadalajara, she was an active member for many years of the Readers Book Club. She lived with her late husband in Las Cañadas subdivision to the north of the city.
Prayers were said May 7 at Saint Mark’s Anglican Church in Guadalajara, where her husband King was laid to rest on October 10, 1998.