Obituary: Norwich foster mother Patricia Hewett helped those who were not cared for
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A foster mother who gave happy childhood memories to more than 40 youngsters has died peacefully.
Patricia Hewett was 87 years old when she passed away on February 12, and leaves behind a legacy of love.
She lived in Dereham Road, Norwich, for more than half a century with her family, after marrying husband Percy in 1950. He died in 2007.
Mrs Hewett had a large family, including children Susan, Lesley, Roger, Paul and Ian, Robert who was adopted, Chris who was fostered, and more than 40 other foster children who stayed with her for varying amounts of time.
Her son Paul said: 'We were sheltered from a lot that went on.
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'The number of children who turned up to our house with black eyes and bruises having 'fallen
down the stairs' – they never fell down them at ours – who would return home after a few weeks, but then be back again with the same bruises.
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'One Christmas Eve as I was
leaving to sing at the midnight communion, two bewildered children turned up – ages six and nine.
'But on Christmas Day they too had stockings and presents and were treated as part of the family. Then, three days later, they were gone.
'Only now do I understand how much Mum and Dad gave to others, treating everyone the same, but always looking to care for those who were not cared for.'
She grew up in Surrey, but lived in Norfolk for most of her life.
She helped at the Octagon playgroup, in Colegate, and then her own playgroup at Nelson First School in Norwich.
Her daughter Susan said the summer trips to Great Yarmouth became legendary.
Mrs Hewett leaves behind 25
grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Her funeral is at 4.30pm today at Earlham Crematorium, Norwich.
The theme is a celebration of a life well lived, with All Things Bright and Beautiful as the main hymn.
Flowers to Gordon Barber, Aylsham Road, Norwich, by midday.