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

Hetty was born on April 20, 1918, at home near Huntsville, Ark. to the late Marshall and Myrtle (McLoud) Brown. 

She was raised and received her education in Arkansas. 

She married  William Ray Phillips on Dec. 24, 1938. 

They moved their family to Wenatchee in 1947. Hetty worked at Model Laundry in the mid-1950s 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 Nov. 27, 1965, in Wenatchee. 

“Doc” Noonkester preceded Hetty in death on Feb. 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 a stepson, Dick Noonkester.  

She is survived by her children, Shirley Wittgow (Walt), Ruby Brixey (Ron), and Don (Marge) Phillips; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. 

A private family graveside service was held in the Wenatchee City Cemetery on Oct. 9, 2020. 

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


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