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Colleen Hewett

Colleen Hewett

9th November 1956 - 3rd July 2021


Colleen passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on 3rd July 2021 aged 64 years.

Daughter of Keith (dec) and Thelma Knight.

Dearly loved wife of Terry, loving mother of Daniel, Shoni and David and a very special nanny to 9 wonderful grandchildren.

In Gods tender care. 


Family and friends are invited to attend Colleen’s funeral service, to be held in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Houston Street, Flora Hill on Thursday (July 8) commencing at 2.00pm.  Following this service the cortege will leave for the Bendigo cemetery.


Due to current covid restrictions, the number of people allowed in the church is limited, however outside audio will be provided. 

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48 responses to “Colleen Hewett”

  1. Steph (Lowe) Mohring says:

    Colleen had the most infectious laugh and one of the warmest smiles I’ve seen.
    She’ll be remembered as a beautiful constant – she had the ability to make me feel so loved and welcomed no matter how long it had been since we’d seen each other.
    Her sense of humour and her listening ear will be thought of often.
    Sending so much love and many thoughts and prayers for the family.
    – Steph (Lowe) Mohring

  2. Jess says:

    She will be sadly missed by so many people.
    She was so loved by so many people including her grandchildren and she shared so many happy moments with everyone she knew.
    She’s always going to be your guardian angel until the day we see her again.
    She was a lovely person inside and out and she was wonderful friend, Mum and Grandma.
    – Jess

  3. Erin Davis aka Sister Davis says:

    I loved going to the Hewett‘s house for dinner while I was serving my mission in Bendigo.
    Colleen was always welcoming, and cooked delicious home made meals.
    Colleen loved her family and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
    I know you will be missed deeply by her beloved grandchildren.
    I’m grateful for the knowledge I have that families will be together in eternity.
    Thank you for your Christ like example Colleen.
    – Erin Davis aka Sister Davis

  4. Rod &Elizabeth Henderson says:

    Sincere condolences to Terry and family
    God bless
    – Rod & Elizabeth Henderson
    (Cook Islands)

  5. Rawinia Edwards says:

    Sister Hewett, you were such a kind and beautiful lady.
    I loved spending time in your home.
    I often think of our dinners, eating sour dough bread and dips, so good ice cream and calling Brother Hewett on the train so he could say hello and toot the horn for us.
    You were beautiful and it was a pleasure and gift to have known you.
    Rest in love sis xxx
    – Rawinia Edwards

  6. Liz and Peter Maggs says:

    We did not know her long, but the short time we did, were of a wonderfully kind and lovely lady who was always smiling.
    We saw her greatest love was her family and so they will all surely miss that wonderful face.
    So sorry that she is no longer here, but I thank her for the time she gave us.
    Lots of love and best wishes in this very sad time to Terry and family.
    – Liz and Peter Maggs

  7. Shirley Gudsell says:

    Dear Colleen…
    Our friendship spans many years Coll, you and Terry were the rock I needed so many years ago…
    I never forgot your kindness and support…
    A true friend …
    Your earthly life is over but your light will continue to shine.
    May you find peace now in a beautiful garden filled with sunshine as you rest now without pain.
    Goodbye for now my dear friend…
    I love you 💗💔
    – Shirley Gudsell

  8. Douglas Hansen says:

    I have known Terry for 48 years and although we had communicated though the years as families I first met Colleen in person at a missionary reunion in New Zealand in 2012.
    We had an instant friendship between us.
    I attribute that to the fact that anyone who could handle Terry for so many years must be able to get along with anybody and had to be a true saint.
    My wife Michelle and I recognized that Colleen was definitely a sweet spirit.
    She embraced my wife and I, making us feel like we had been fast friends forever.
    Colleen was a wonderful soul who never missed a chance to make you feel special.
    On a trip to Melbourne in 2015 the Hewitt’s drove to the city and met us for a full day to show us the sights.
    It was a beautiful day and we had a grand time but I know that Colleen was not feeling her best.
    We will miss days like we had that day.
    But, we know that there is an eternity to come where we can visit again as friends.
    All our love to Terry, Daniel, Shoni, David and all other family members.
    – Douglas Hansen

  9. Lois and Trevor Pinnell says:

    Colleen and Terry changed the direction of our lives forever.
    Set us on a path that brought True friends and a love that is hard to be repeated.
    We understand this love will never end.
    It Changed us. This change continues to happen.
    Colleen leading the way again.
    Eternal blessings my friend.
    Joy forever.
    – Lois and Trevor Pinnell

  10. Sarah Wooding says:

    One of the greatest Aunt’s a girl could ask for.
    You were present at every life changing event in my life, no matter the distance.
    Thank you for your unconditional love, support, encouragement, friendship, advice and example.
    I will never forget camping in your backyard, playing on your trampoline and swing set, the love you had for buddy, the many movie fish and chip nights we had at your place and much more.
    So many memories to cherish!
    You are missed!
    Love you Aunty Colleen xx
    – Sarah Wooding

  11. Leonie Bowden says:

    I worked with Colleen who I affectionately called colliwobbles. She taught me how to cook, and she also taught me kindness is everything. Such a sweet lady. She brought me back some music from the Mormon tabernacle choir on one of her trips to Utah. Every time I listen to it I’ll think of you. RIP lovely lady.

  12. Jennifer Toon says:

    Dear Colleen, a lovely lady and Mum whose special relationship with our daughter was most valued. So sad to see her go so soon, love and condolences to Terry, Shoni, Daniel and David and families. Robert and Jenny Toon.

  13. Dorothy Warren says:

    To all the family sorry for your loss of a wonderful lady
    Lots of love from Dorothy Warren xx

  14. Dianne (Lowe) Bowley says:

    Colleen my darling friend, I don’t really have the words. You have been a constant friend my entire life. So many memories and through each stage of my life, you were always there. You and your beautiful family enveloped my little family and made us part of yours.
    So many belly laughs, deep conversations, shared tears and moments to be cherished. Oh how I will miss your unconditional love.
    Rest peacefully my precious friend and sister.

  15. Luke, Silvia, Tia, Ava, Kyle and Fyn Hendersons says:

    Colleen was my regional Victoria mum!! I am grateful that she welcomed me and Kyle and others into her home. She was an awesome woman, mother and no doubt wife to Terry (who never seems to have aged!) She has raised amazing kids (and Dave) and she will be sorely missed!! But I will remember all the good days and so glad we were able to come and visit. Love ya Hewetts!!!

  16. Heather and Nick Wolff says:

    We have so many precious memories of the Hewett family with both ourselves and our extended family as lives intertwined over many years. Truly grateful that families really are forever! Sending love to you Terry and your family at this sad time, as we remember Colleen.

  17. Valerie Dearden says:

    I am so thankful for knowing Colleen, such a beautiful person inside and out, she is such an inspiration to me, she was so brave. I never heard her complain or saw her looking sad, even though she was in constant pain. Thank you Colleen for the wonderful example you are to us all. Much love from the Deardens xx.

  18. David and Leanne says:

    God looked around his garden and found an empty place
    He then looked down upon the Earth and saw your tired face
    He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest
    With the help of his angels they flew you to your heavenly place

    God’s garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best
    He knew you were suffering, he knew you were in pain
    He knew that you would never get well on Earth again

    He saw the road was getting rough and the hills too hard to climb
    He closed your weary eyelids and whispered “Peace be Thine”
    It broke our hearts to lose you but you didn’t go alone
    For part of us went with you the day God called you home.

    Colleen our beautiful sister and friend, words cannot describe the impact you have had on our families lives and the pain we now feel in our hearts, you were blessed with a loving family who will miss you dearly.
    Rest peacefully now.
    Our love and admiration to Mum, Terry, Shoni, Daniel and David
    Now reunited with Dad xx

  19. Joni Ngawati says:

    Terry, Daniel, Shoni and David. Condolences from Joni, Lani, Jo, Francis, Sonia, Kimee and Jacob. A beautiful person inside and out. Made us feel welcome when we moved to a strange country from NZ.
    R.I.L dear Colleen.
    Love always Joni Ngawati and family. Families Can Be Together Forever.

  20. Wendy Spark says:

    Such a beautiful person who made everyone around her feel loved and welcomed. Such a big heart ❤️ always there for family events for her nephew and nieces no matter the distance. Such a great example of love, dedication and kindness. Will truly be missed by all who knew her. Sending my love and prayers to her family at this time 😔

  21. Dawn and Dianne Bowley says:

    We are so thankful for our memories of times shared with Colleen.
    The laughs had while in your kitchen teaching your no knead bread recipe and cherish Friday visits.
    You have been a wonderful example of strength, courage and faith.
    Your smile and caring nature will always be remembered.
    Love Dawn and Dianne Bowley

  22. Karen Morrow says:

    Sending my deepest condolences to Terry and family, Mrs Knight, Wendy and Shane and families on the passing of your beautiful Colleen. Karen Morrow.

  23. Shannon Taylor says:

    Our dearest Aunty Colleen. Thank you for always welcoming us into your life and home, you always lit up every room with your infectious laugh and always had a way of making us feel loved and special. You will be missed greatly and remembered always. May you rest peacefully now.

    Love forever and always,
    Shannon, Sam and Ollie

  24. Emma (Toon) Nikolin says:

    Dearest Colleen you were my second Mum for such a long time and I am devastated you are gone so young. I can’t be there in person today to say goodbye but I will visit you soon. There is no replacing someone like you and the world will always be a little less sunny without you. Much love to Shoni, Terry, David, Daniel and your grandchildren.
    Emma (Toon) Nikolin

  25. Dan Neighman says:

    We’re so glad you’re part of our family. The memories we have will keep us company when we’re lonely, comforted when we’re down and bring a smile when we’re sad. We’re so grateful for the memories, the laughs and especially the love we share. We’ll miss you dearly Colleen, but we’ll always love you.
    Dan Neighman

  26. Michelle McEwan says:

    My beautiful Colleen. You welcomed me as a teen, instantly became my big sister, listened to my broken hearts and shared a few of your own as we got older. We shared temple bus trips, secrets in the dark, music, callings, Star Trek, and lots of laughter. You rocked Trinity at the birthday party, you loved my babies’ feet, and mocked my own small feet, and you always made me feel loved. You’ll be missing in my heart till I see you again. I love you.
    Michelle McEwan

  27. Erin Knight says:

    What can I say, you were such a beautiful, loud, honest and affectionate lady always so welcoming to everyone in your home! I am so lucky that you were my Aunty. Whenever I would visit you had to constantly remind me to call you “Aunty Colleen” because you said this was a special title that you had earned so whenever I said Colleen I would alway get in trouble. I will miss your affectionate laugh and beaming smile. Thanks for being apart of my life and one day we shall meet again!
    Condolences to Uncle Terry, Shoni, Daniel, David and Nanny.
    – Erin

  28. Deb Ireland says:

    I loved hearing stories of Colleen today and her quirky ways…the fish and chip story was the best. Colleen (and the Knight-Hewett family) have been apart of my life forever and like many comments on this page you always feel like one of the family. Colleen you are always loved, already missed but never forgotten. Till we meet again 💖💞
    Deb Ireland

  29. Andrea Teasdale says:

    My Sister Colleen
    How can I put into words how much you mean to me.
    You have been my second mum as well as a special sister.
    You taught me how to sew and be creative, how to pluck my eye brows, put make up on and how to cook.
    I will never forget those yummy brown sugar and especially the jelly crystal sandwiches you used to make me.
    You were such a kind caring, loving and fun sister. The bond we have will never leave us.
    Thank you for all the support and advice you gave me through my bad times and all the fun we had in the good ones.
    You make me strive to be a better person, a woman like you!
    Love always
    Your sister
    Andrea xxx

  30. Anna says:

    Oh Colleen.
    I only just heard of your passing.
    My sincerest condolences to the family.
    What a wonderful legacy Colleen has left behind. She was such a wonderful example of all things good.
    So willing to open her home, her heart, her life to others. She gave so willingly and happily.
    Thankyou for being my friend ❤️ Anna

  31. Romy Ralston says:

    Aunty Colleen, you will be forever missed by everyone who was lucky enough to be blessed with a memory of you, we have so many.
    Love you so much. May you rest peacefully and free of pain.
    Romy, Steve and kids. xx

  32. Peggy odgers says:

    Colleen my darling sister, my friend. I want to tell you again just how much I love you and how much I miss you already. We didn’t see each other often but we knew that we were never far away. You made such an effort to be bright and cheery even though we knew you were in so much pain. So brave. I don’t know how I am going to get by without you. Rest In Peace my big sister until we meet again. Peggy xx

  33. Peita says:

    My Aunty Colleen. Or as my children call her, Aunty Clean.
    All my life she has been there. Supporting me and loving me.
    So many memories.
    From the time Shoni and I had the flu, and she waited on us hand and foot. Fussing. Running back and forth from the chemist, making sure we were looked after. Playing behind the shed, and in the shed, where there was so much food storage!
    I used to love watching her at her dressing table, putting on all her jewellery and makeup, especially her lipstick.
    To later, when she would turn up at my doorstep, when no one else would, with boxes of food and necessities. Always there for me.
    I know I speak for many, including all my cousins, when we remember fish n chips night on the grey woollen blanket in the lounge room.
    And kneeling for family prayers in the same spot.
    She was a constant support through all of my life, no matter the choices I made.
    She was there soon after each of my babies were born. All of their first birthdays and all of their baptisms. Except for Gabriel’s 2 weeks ago.
    I always felt like her favourite. But that’s just how she made everyone feel. She loved every one of her nieces and nephews and then their children. Made a point to know them all. We all always felt loved and special to her.
    Aunty Colleen, you have gone, and now there’s a hole in our hearts where you’ve been, but only for this moment. It’s not forever.
    Love your
    Peetey Poo

  34. Phillip Knight says:

    Hello my beautiful big sister!
    I cannot believe your time has come so soon and have you left us all. You have carried yourself with absolute dignity all through you life and shown tremendous courage over the last few years and especially recently. If you look through history the great ones seem to have a difficult period prior to their passing so your difficulties prove to me that you truly are a great one.
    Thank you for looking after Mum and Dad when you were able and I’m sure Terry will continue to do what you both have always done and that is to serve others as our Saviour would do if he were here. I am so greatful to have been sent and born into the same family as you as I was able to watch all through my life your ability to love and look for good in people. You always encouraged me to do the same even when I may have sounded a bit unkind.
    Thanks for the great times my family were able to share both in your home and mine. The weekends in Bendigo with all of us cramming into your home was so so much fun and vice versa with Stake Conference weekends in our home in Melbourne with Daniel & David arguing about who was going to get the couch!
    May you enjoy the next phase of life with Dad and many others all around you and may we all strive to earn the same eternal rewards that you so truly deserve.
    Listening to Abba & the Bee Gees will never be the same – I love you and will miss you terribly. Our family Christmas events will never be the same but we will make sure they continue in your honour.
    Take care big sister until we meet again.
    Your little brother Phildy.

  35. Joanne Knight says:

    Darling Colleen, there is so much to admire in this wonderful woman. Alway quick to compliment and give a kind word, always quick to tell you she loved you, always quick to help when needed, she was always there for me and my family, so many memories to many to share. Your home was always our home, always made us feel welcome even when we turned up unexpected. Everyone was called darling, love or sweetheart. Such a wonderful example of christlike love I will never forget.
    love you always Colleen xx

  36. Wendy Morrow says:

    Colleen. My beautiful, amazing, strong big sister. I don’t know what to do without you in my life. You have left us all with a hole in our hearts. I know you had to go but you went to soon. You never complained and you always smiled even when the pain was bad. I will always cherish our times together.
    When you see Dad give him a big hug from me. Love you always.
    Your sister Wendy.

  37. Rhys Teasdale says:

    Such a kind and loving soul that touched the hearts of many. Will always miss you aunty Colleen love you xoxo

  38. Michelle Cole says:

    Auntie Coll, oh how much you are already sorely missed. You said I was the only one who called you that. You said you loved it when I called you Auntie Coll. I am so blessed to have had you not just in my life, but the life of all my children too. We all treasured you. My girls paticulary adored their Great Auntie Coll as you did with them too. We all have fond memories of your home. A part of all our childhoods. My children growing up with your grandchildren and having sleepovers in the loungeroom. Just like with my cousins. Two generations of special memories we will always carry with us . I too enjoyed the fish and chip nights on a blanket in your loungeroom with a movie. Watching Monkey Magic, Dr Who and the Goodies on weeknights when we were visiting nan in the granny flat for dinner. No tv permitted on Sundays though. A day of rest meant a day of rest! I could never work out as a kid why the loo water was blue at your house and no where else I went. And it smelled nice. Lol. And it was always so freezing in your house in the summer time with that air conditioner that still works! Playing dress ups with my cousins in your old 70’s dresses. And I remember you dressing up as a witch at one of our Halloween nights at the chapel. You made it from the same pattern as your wedding dress. It was awesome! I even remember you spinning wool on your old wooden spinning wheel. Always wondered what happened to that. You really were an iconic 70’s girl. Especially with those long gorgeous locks I envied. Until you had David and had to cut it all off ofcourse. He was always full on as a young tacker. I even remember you letting me touch your belly when you were pregnant with him as he was kicking. Apparently mum and I lived with you and Uncle Terry for a short time when I was a baby. I used to have a photo of me sitting on your knee as a baby. I had those huge 1970’s earphones on my ears. I was so upset when that photo got water damage so I was unable to save it. It was one of my favorite photo’s. I can’t of been very old, but I do remember visiting you both in the flat when Daniel was born. Ofcourse he was asleep at the time so I couldn’t see what all the big fuss was about. Uncle Terry had a station wagon then, before he got the orange Valiant. And you still have the piano! We loved hearing you play. And you always had your treasured family photo’s on top. Even now. Your family was your world. I hated it though, when you were so excited about finding out I had become a women. Infact I was mortified that you called it Freddy. But now I have had teen girls myself I realize how embarassed they are of just about anything that no longer phases adults. I’m gonna miss that beautiful smile, and hearing your infectious laugh. I’m glad my family got to spend some time with you in the last few months. Despite your pain you endured with grace. You always had such strength in you. The turn out for your funeral showed just how much you really mattered. You were so very loved and admired by many. Your strong willed personality and sweet nature obviously shone through and touched many lives. Uncle Terry is such a champion for the way he took care of you. It is a love for the ages. Your mother so dotting in the care she took for your needs. Such a blessing. And praise God that Shoni was able to spend those last weeks with you during an already difficult time in the world. My heart and prayers go out to Uncle Terry, Daniel, Shoni, David, your sweet, kind and caring mother Thelma and all your loved ones during this tragic time. Although you were way to young, only God nows how much time we have. Your suffering has ended. You endured to the end. You have won the race. Now you can rest in peace until we all meet again. You are reunited with your Dad and Nanna Hewett. See you on the other side Auntie Coll. Love always Michelle, Brad, Damon (& Lachie), Raven, Shanelle and Marley.xx

  39. Lesley Jones says:

    Lovely Colleen, though I didn’t know you for long, you touched me with your Christ like love and genuine heart. I’ll always remember your warm welcomes, strength, grace and kind smiles. Reunited with Dad now you are free.
    Lesley Jones

  40. Teagan says:

    To my dear aunty Colleen, you were one in a million. Your warm caring heart and inviting smile always made us all feel so loved and welcome. I loved our catch ups in Bendigo where we would talk for hours, even though we didn’t get there often and there was quite a some time between visits you always remembered where we were all up to in life and was always so invested in our lives and the children.
    I’m going to miss your kind smile your infectious laugh and your warm heart. Rest peacefully, now there is no more pain, together again with grandpa.
    Love you aunty Colleen X
    Love Teagan, Steven, Thea and Albie

  41. Thelma Knight says:

    Colleen, my precious first born, my special friend, now free of pain and earthly cares. My love goes with you my darling, so missed until we meet again. Thank you for your love and devotion to us your parents, it never wavered, a light has gone out in my world. Your loving mother always.

  42. Shoni Neighman says:

    To my beautiful Mum, words can’t explain how much I will miss you. You’re my best friend. You taught me so much. You were a wonderful example of Christ like love, kindness, empathy, forgiveness. You looked for the best in everyone. I always felt so loved my entire life. A day never went by without you saying that you loved me. You were interested in my life and my children’s always wanting to know what was happening and what we were up to. You were my go to, if something happened in my life my first thought was to call you. When we lived close I loved it when you would just drop by with a surprise treat or lunch. I loved it when you would call me to say let’s go shopping. We would always stop by Donut King for a hot chocolate and two cinnamon donuts and then on the way home we would get a frozen coke. I loved shopping with you, you’re my best shopping buddy. When we moved overseas distance stopped us from seeing each other but we sure made up for it in calls. We called each other nearly every day, sometimes it was a quick chat and other times it would be a couple of hours. When we did see each other we always had a blast. We shopped, we went on outings, we stayed up talking and watching movies while eating tubs of ice cream and junk food. There was always lots of laughing. You were a happy person always smiling despite how you were feeling. I couldn’t have asked for a better Mum. Love you forever. God be with you till we meet again. Love your daughter Shoni xxx

  43. Dianne Denny says:

    Sweet Colleen, dear Terry, I am ever so grateful for the love you and Colleen showed me when I joined the church in 1987. You were my first Bishop, and you both welcomed me into your family. I have many beautiful memories of times I spent in your home and times I spent having hot chocolates and long talks with Colleen. My sincere condolences to the whole family. May Heavenly Father continue to give you all the strength you need at this very sad time. May God be with you all until you meet again. We are so thankful for the knowledge we have that families are eternal. Lots of love Dianne and Brent Denny.

  44. Ruby Neighman says:

    Dear Nanny, I miss you so much! I wish I could have been there with you.
    Whenever you visited us over in America you were always there helping me.
    Whenever I got into fights with one of the boys or one of my parents, you talked me through it and were there for me, it really meant a lot how caring you were and when we’d all go out together with the boys, cousins, whoever, you would always buy us toys, candy, doughnuts, or whatever we felt like. I still remember the little owl jewellery box you gave to me and also the “Razzlers” candy that we got the same day. I just love how whenever we were doing anything like getting our nails done, or even ordering food, you were so kind and bright towards other people. I wish I could be just like you and be as sweet and vibrant in all situations no matter what. It’s hard being so far away from the people you love. I really value our time spent on video calls, even when I had the most awful day, just talking to you, Poppy and Great Nanny made it better immediately. I really struggle with being myself and trying to fit in since I started high school, but seeing you just be yourself all the time and made all the people around you have a good time helped me to be myself. One time before we left Australia or you guys left us, you were telling me to “just try for me” to not fight with my brothers. I still try really hard even after so long since you told me that. You were always just so supportive, loving, caring, thoughtful, warm, vibrant and an amazing person who I strive to be like. I could keep writing on and on to fill all the pages of paper I have, but I just want you to know that you are one of the people that I really look up to and want to have around.
    I miss and love you endlessly.
    Love Ruby xx

  45. Ezra says:

    Dear nan
    I miss you so much
    And I love you forever
    Love Ezra

  46. Emma Parish says:

    My beautiful big sister who has always been there for me through all the phases of my life with love and support.
    I will miss your wonderful smile always.
    Love you more than words can ever express.
    Love Emma

  47. Robert and Mandy Knight says:

    I will miss you my special sister.
    Loved so much and gone too soon.
    Life will never be the same without your infectious laugh and constant love.
    Mandy and I will always remember the good times and thank you for all the special memories.
    Love from Robert and Mandy

  48. Elijah Neighman says:

    Dear Nan,
    I didn’t get to see you much, but when we visited and called you it was wonderful to talk and experience things with you.
    I remember when I was little I would crawl under you bed early in the morning to try and scare you and when I would jump out you would always act scared and give me a big hug and we would cuddle for ages.
    I really wish I could have been there and I love you so much Nan.
    Love Elijah

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8th July 2021 at 2:00 PM

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