Tecla Davis Hawkesworth, age 86, died at Los Altos, California, Dec. 28, 1994, from complications of diabetes.
She was born December 8, 1908 in Butte, Montana, to Thomas and Tecla Davis. She graduated from Butte High School and attended college for two years. She was secretary to the president of Montana School of Mines for four years. On Sept. 12, 1931, she married M.W. "Hoxie" Hawkesworth in Butte. He preceded her in death on June 9, 1985. In 1948 the family moved to Salt Lake City. Many talents emerged over the years from this gracious, hardworking, self-sacrificing homemaker. An accomplished pianist who in her youth dreamed of a baby grand, she was prouder of money spent on home and education of her family.A charter member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church, she was a member of the Catholic Woman's league, The '49ers, and the AIME auxiliary. A diabetic for more than 50 years, she provided an example of quiet courage and dignity despite adversity, and was exceptionally cheerful and positive throughout her life. She was the heart of a far-flung family and also valued many close friends in Salt Lake City.
In 1987 she moved to Palo Alto, Calif., where she was cared for by her daughter, Montel Menting and her husband, Al. Other survivors are daughter, Lynn (Tim) Heydon, Reno, Nev.; and son, Bill (Martha), Salt Lake City; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Lenor Wagner, Settle; brother, Tom Davis, Minnesota.
A celebration of her life will be held in Palo Alto. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to Judge Memorial Catholic High School or a charity of choice.
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