Personality Profile

Majorie Hewlett stays active through local volunteerism

By WILLIAM WRIGHT Staff Writer
Posted 9/4/17

There is nothing more resilient than the human spirit and Marjorie Hewlett, one of the bright spots at Cleveland’s Senior Center, is living proof.

Born and raised in Phoenix, Hewlett and her …

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Personality Profile

Majorie Hewlett stays active through local volunteerism

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There is nothing more resilient than the human spirit and Marjorie Hewlett, one of the bright spots at Cleveland’s Senior Center, is living proof.

Born and raised in Phoenix, Hewlett and her husband, Ronald, came to Cleveland on vacation. After meeting several people, the couple decided to stay.

“We stayed at a motel in Chattanooga,” Hewlett recalled. “We were downstairs having breakfast, talking to people, and everybody said, ‘Why don’t you go down to Cleveland and see what’s around there?’ So we came to Cleveland and stayed two weeks. We didn’t know anyone. We just loved it! So we bought a place — we had a camper — but we bought a place and stayed there. We were missionaries so we went overseas to Jerusalem and Israel for three years. In 2010, my husband got sick over there, so we had to come back home.”

Hewlett said her husband died on March 27, 2010. The two had been married 37 years with four children — two girls and two boys. With her children grown, Hewlett had to face the future without her dearly beloved by her side.

When asked what kept her going after her husband passed away, Hewlett quickly stated, “My volunteering, being around Christian friends, family and prayer meetings. I also trust in the Lord, because if we don’t trust the Lord, we have nobody. That’s what got me through all of this. When I was at Cleveland Housing Authority I kept praying, ‘God, please send me back to the Senior Center. I had a job there at Cleveland Housing so I had to stay. But it all worked out! I’m back! Thank you, Jesus!”

Friends, family and staying busy have also played a huge role in Hewlett’s irrepressible nature. Her willingness to adapt and stay active while making new friends has been a source of comfort and joy for the positive senior who said, “The people in Tennessee — I think they’re all good people! I never met anybody who was not good down here!

“Once in a while you’ll find a bad apple, but I just pray about it. You don’t run and hide when something’s not right! You stay there and try to get the person back on the right track. That’s me. I love people. I’m here at the Senior Center four days and one day at The Caring Place. I’m just anxious to do whatever they have for me to do. I volunteered for a long time here at the Center. I had a lot of things going on when I volunteered here and I’m still available.”

Hewlett has been coming to the Senior Center in Cleveland since 1992. She has been working at The Caring Place for six years now.

“On Wednesdays I work at The Caring Place,” she said. “I work in the office doing filing. We also get approval for rent, prescriptions and things. I love my life! I attend Big Springs Baptist Church on Sundays. Fridays at my house we have prayer meetings for an hour with 10 other women.”

Hewlett said she sees most of her family, who lives in Texas, around the holidays later in the year. She added, “I have a son who lives here in Charleston. He has a wife and they work at Whirlpool. They’re all busy, but my son comes by every evening to make sure I’m OK and he calls me two or three times a day. So that’s good enough. They come over sometimes on Sundays and I cook dinner, but I know if I need something they’ll get it and bring it to me.”

Hewlett, who retired as a registered nurse after 35 at Phoenix Memorial Hospital, confessed, “I love medical stuff and I love working for the Lord. When something’s not right, I know how to kneel down and pray. I can pray 10 or 15 minutes or even an hour at a time, because I have a lot to be thankful for! It comes to me automatically. I also read my Bible constantly. That’s how I get over all of this stuff.”

The resilient and diligent Cleveland resident added, “I’m blessed. I’ve never really had anything to be disgusted about. I just love life!”

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