2018-01-18 / Obituaries

Nora Lee Hewer

Nora Lee Hewer, age 92, a resident of Lexington, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, January 13, 2018. She joins in Heaven her loving friend and husband of 67 years, George, who passed away last March.

Funeral Services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 19, 2018 at St. John Lutheran Church in Thorndale, Texas. Burial to follow at Adina Cemetery in Blue, Texas. Visitation will be Thursday January 18, 2018 at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home, Rockdale, Texas from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Pastor Melvin Swoyer of St. John Lutheran Church, Thorndale, Texas will officiate.

Nora was born at home in Milam County, Texas, on January 15, 1925. Her parents were Hattie Green O’Bier and George O’Bier. In the summer of 1942, she went by herself to visit her brother Hubert in California. On her bus trip there, she had her only suitcase stolen. She remained in California that summer and worked in a Fruit Packing plant to make money to buy new clothes to come back to Texas. She moved to Houston later that year and went to work at Southwestern Bell where she rapidly became the operator trainer and supervisor. She lived at a boarding house for young women and while living there she met George, who would become the love of her life. While they were introduced to each other by Nora’s long-time phone operator friend, they found out both their parents lived on the same country road outside of Lexington. They were married June 23, 1950 at the 14th Street Baptist Church in Houston. In 1951 she left the phone company to raise their only child, Gary.

She and George lived in Houston until 2014. They came to Lexington after Nora was diagnosed with Dementia and lived their remaining days with their son Gary, and his wife, Sue.

Nora loved to paint and had several award-winning oil paintings. She loved to garden and her yard was a showplace of flowers. She also loved to spoil her grandchildren and would go buy pears to hang from the pear tree so the Grandkids would have something to pick. Nora was the secretary of their Church and volunteered later in the Church office. Nora passed from this life at home, peacefully, surrounded by love from her family, and friends. There could have been no better way for Nora to join those in Heaven.

For the past two years Nora has been loved and cared for around the clock by a Dream Team of caregivers. They are Susan Martin, Sheila Dominy, Amanda Dominy, Patricia Nelson, Gladys McDowell, Gloria Brockenbush and Ann Branch. Special thanks are given to Sheila who held us all together and taught our family how to care with dignity for our mother. Nora, was faithfully kept beautiful by her hair stylist, Dewanna Bownds, who came weekly to our home. There are not enough words to express our gratitude to these incredible women.

Nora was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her brothers, Hubert O’Bier, Reuben O’Bier, Mack O’Bier, Loyd O’Bier, Vernon O’Bier, Gene O’Bier and sisters, Annie Bell Diese, Iris Jean Strother and Margie Nell Williams.

Surviving Nora are the following: son, Gary Hewer and wife, Sue of Lexington, Step Brother John Conway O’Bier of Blue; four grandchildren, Lori Zaunbrecher, and husband Vincent, of Tomball, MSgt David Hewer and wife, Heather of Tokyo, Japan, Dr. Stephen Hewer of Dublin, Ireland, and Elizabeth Hewer of San Marcos. In addition, four great-grandchildren, Jaxson Zaunbrecher, Jase Zaunbrecher, John Hewer and Mark Hewer

Serving as pallbearers are, Vincent Zaunbrecher, Carl O’Bier, Jimmy Keen, Brayden Keen and Ethan Pollock.

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