Carol Jean (Burn) Hewitt, a former longtime Northglenn resident, passed away at the age of 83 on November 15, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Dick. She is survived by her sister Betty (Bill) House of Ithaca, NY and her children Traci Bilek (Carl) of Highlands Ranch and Tom Hewitt (Karen) of Aurora and her grandchildren Aaron (Emily), Ethan, Olivia, Owen, Harrison, and Caleb.
Carol was born in Denver, CO on October 30, 1938 to Harold and Dorothy Burn. She grew up in north Denver, attending Columbia Elementary, Skinner Junior High, and North High School. She attended the University of Denver and graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts degree. She also met and began dating her future husband through her many Alpha Gamma Delta sorority activities.
After graduating from DU, Carol was employed by the Sedgwick, CO school system as an elementary school teacher and had a great fondness for northeastern Colorado with stories of both Julesberg and Sedgwick. She finished her teaching career at Kunsmiller Junior High in Denver. In the early 1960s, she was also a television celebrity, teaching typing to viewers of KRMA Channel 6 in Denver. She recalled that when she decided to have children, it was forbidden at the time to appear on television pregnant and left the position and teaching behind to raise her family.
Making a home in Northglenn, while raising her family, she became involved with the incorporation of Northglenn as a city and was a dedicated volunteer public servant with political interests. She volunteered many years as an election judge and worked with several candidates on campaigns. Beyond her embrace of civic duties, she enjoyed participating in her children's education by volunteering as room parent and chaperone for field trips and events as often as possible. She demonstrated her community involvement to young people as a Camp Fire Girls leader for Traci's group and volunteer mother for Tom's Cub Scout and Webelos dens. We always looked forward to the Camp Fire Girls' fundraiser of mint meltaways every year. Boxes and boxes of them filled our house, only for most to be distributed elsewhere. Drats!
As a grandmother along with grandpa she LIVED to see and be with her grandchildren. She would seek opportunities to babysit so she could provide those special moments of grandkids finding candy in her purse, showering them with trinkets, and giving them big hugs and kisses! She enjoyed very much seeing all of their school activities, choir and band performances, dances, and plays. All very special moments to grandma.
The past several years Carol had been living with non-Alzheimer's dementia as a resident of Someren Glen Life Plan Community. Memories became fuzzier over that time but her greatest joy still remained reliving memories of her grandchildren and the joy they brought her. Some recurring stories of her youth would also be remembered such as her family trip to Boston where she got the worst sunburn of her life, tales of Uncle Donnie racing midget racers in the street while Grandma Burn covered for him when the local authorities came calling, as well as those of her sister and parents enjoying holidays with family.
Carol was a smart, witty, educated wife, mom, grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend. She will be deeply missed by all those she touched.