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Hetty Noonkester

Hetty Vivian Phillips Noonkester

Saturday, April 20th, 1918 - Sunday, October 4th, 2020
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Hetty Vivian Phillips Noonkester
April 20, 1918-October 4, 2020
Wenatchee, WA

Hetty Vivian Phillips Noonkester, 102, passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2020 at Central Washington Hospital.

Hetty was born on April 20, 1918 at home near Huntsville, Arkansas to the late Marshall and Myrtle (McLoud) Brown. She was raised and received her education in Arkansas. She married William Ray Phillips on December 24, 1938.

They moved their family to Wenatchee in 1947. Hetty worked at Model Laundry in the mid 1950’s as a seamstress. She enjoyed sewing, often making her own patterns, and was known for her cooking. Hetty was a member of the Genealogy Society. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Ray Phillips in 1961.

Hetty married Richard Clinton “Doc” Noonkester on November 27, 1965 in Wenatchee. “Doc” Noonkester preceded Hetty in death on February 1, 1985.

She continued living at home tending her garden prior to moving to Garden Terrace Apartments in 1999 where she made many dear friends. At age 100 she moved to Avamere Assisted Living.

Hetty was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Wenatchee and later the Bethel Baptist Church. She had great faith and always found a bible study to attend. She lived her faith, always speaking and treating others with kindness. She was very quick with a “thank you”.
Her mind and eyesight remained good to the end. She especially enjoyed reading and was still extensively reading at 102.

Hetty was preceded in death by her two husbands, her siblings, Hermon Spradling, Esther Dancy, Hazel Turner, and John Brown., and step-son, Dick Noonkester. She is survived by her children, Shirley Wittgow (Walt), Ruby Brixey (Ron), and Don (Marge) Phillips. Seven grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.

A private family Graveside Service will be held in the Wenatchee City Cemetery on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 10:00am.

Visitation will be held at Heritage Memorial Chapel in East Wenatchee on Thursday from 2:00pm to 8:00pm following social distancing guidelines.

The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be given to Garden Terrace, 500 N. Emerson, Wenatchee, WA 98801 or the charity of your choice.

You are invited to Hetty’s Tribute Page at where you can view photos and write a memory/condolence. Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 8th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, October 8th, 2020 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Heritage Memorial Chapel
    19 Rock Island Road
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    A visitation will be held at Heritage Memorial Chapel in East Wenatchee on Thursday from 2:00pm to 8:00pm with a total of 30 peoples, with masks and following the social distancing marks.
  • Service

    Friday, October 9th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Friday, October 9th, 2020 10:00am
    Wenatchee Cemetery
    Western Ave
    WENATCHEE, WA 98801
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    A Graveside Service will be held in the Wenatchee City Cemetery on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 10:00am. Due to the Covid-19 State Regulation, only 30 people can gather around the graveside with masks and social distancing. Additionally, those who wish to pay their respect, are welcome to attend at their vehicles from a distance.
  • Interment

    Wenatchee Cemetery
    Western Ave
    WENATCHEE, WA 98801
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Posted at 05:00pm
Mother was telling me of Hetty's passing. She said she was the sweetest, quietest woman. Always so helpful at church. At the age of 98 Mother is missing more of her old First Baptist Church friends. She no longer gets out of her house but sends her deepest condolences. What wonderful memories we used to make at FBC Donny, Ruby, & Shirley
Love to you all. 💖

Linnea Russell

Posted at 08:14pm
Hetty and Doc were my next-door neighbors when I lived on Harvard Street in the 1960's. She was a very sweet person with a warm personality. Hetty gave me her recipe for "olives" made from local cherries and we occasionally shared things that we each baked. It was interesting to me to learn that she had worked with my grandmother at the Model Laundry. My sweet neighbor loved the Lord and is now rejoicing with her Savior in heaven. Linnea Russell

Judy Brown

Posted at 05:28pm
I was sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. She certainly led a long beautiful life. She was a gracious woman and I always enjoyed visiting with her. I will always remember her kindness to my mom. She was a sweet and caring neighbor. I always think of your mom when I "try" to fold fitted sheets!
I enjoyed the video presentation.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
Judy Brown

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