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Laura Bess Hawes

 

November 21, 2018

Laura Bess Hawes, 78, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, following complications from a stroke.

Laura "Bess" was born on July 23, 1940, in Wessington Springs, South Dakota, to William and Genevieve Tupper. She graduated from Wessington Springs High School in 1958.

Soon after graduating from high school, Bess headed west and moved to Long Beach, California. It is here that Bess met the love of her life, Thomas Hawes Jr. Tom and Bess were married for 54 years before his passing last year. They were connected for many years in life and also in death as both Tom and Bess died on Nov. 8, only one year separating the two.

In 1976, Tom and Bess moved their family to Goldendale. There, Bess was a stay-at-home mom with her three small children for the first few years and then started her life's work at the Klickitat County Treasurer's Office. She dedicated an impressive 28 years to her profession before her retirement in 2007.

She is survived by her step-son Thomas Hawes III; daughters Sheril Hawes and Karla (Hawes) Devries; son-in-law Jay Devries; brother Wayne Tupper of South Dakota; grandchildren Brittany, Teegan, and Grady; and great-grandchildren Brady and Kacie. She is preceded in death by her husband Thomas Wesley Hawes Jr. and her parents, William and Genevieve Tupper.

Bess enjoyed spending time with her beloved grandchildren. She also found great pleasure in spending time, playing Bingo and 'Chitty-Chatting' with her dear friends at the American Legion Club Post 116, where she was a 34-year member. Bess' family and friends would like to thank the people of Goldendale, especially Rick McComas, Connie and Larry Riches, Kris Littleton, Carol Adams, and Michelle Foster for all their kindness and loving help over the years. Bess adored her community and missed her home and friends in her final years.

A celebration of life will be held at the American Legion on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m.

 

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