New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | August 14, 2020

Katherine Mary Hewitt


Katherine Mary Hewitt, 71, of Lanexa, Virginia, passed away at her home on Thursday, April 9, 2020.

Kathie, as she preferred to be called, was born on March 4, 1949 in Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from Saint Columbkille Catholic School, studied for a short time at Boston College, and in 1969 set out for a lifetime of traveling and adventure. She lived in California until 1980 before moving back to Boston for a short time and finally settled in Lanexa.

Kathie’s love for travel took her all over the United States and around the world to such destinations as Australia and India. She was a creative spirit who loved performing in community theatre, dancing, and singing in bands, community choirs, and for many years in the Providence Forge Community Church choir.

Kathie’s passions also included healthy food. In the early 1980’s, she created and managed the first natural foods market in Williamsburg, Virginia, at the Safeway grocery store on Richmond Road. She touched people’s lives with her passion for food and her ability to recommend healthy foods and recipes. Later in life, she began a career in finance where she passed several certifications and worked for 20 years in financial compliance.

Kathie also loved organic gardening, hiking, biking, crocheting, helping others, and spending time with her family. She will always be remembered as a joyful spirit who appreciated the benefits of meditation and connecting with nature.

Kathie is preceded in death by her parents, George Alexander Hewitt and Mary Francis Hewitt of Boston; her brothers, Timothy, Paul, and Stephen Hewitt; and her first husband, John Ireland Braddock of Salinas, California.

She is survived by her former spouse, Richard W. Storey III of Williamsburg, Virginia; her children, Samantha Sheilds (Michael Lynch), Jennifer Lappas (Bobby Lappas), Jamin Shanti (Chrissy Boggs Shanti), Julie Storey (Dan Kelly), and Kathryn Storey (Bean Weatherford); her grandchildren, Benjamin Shanti, Vivian Lappas, Caitlyn Shanti, Olivia Lappas, James Lappas, and Emily Shanti; her brothers, Gregory Hewitt (Susan Hewitt), John Hewitt (Cathy Hewitt), Christopher Hewitt (Mary Ann Killilea), Phillip Hewitt (Mary Sennott), and Gary Hewitt (Sarah Hewitt); along with many surviving nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces, and beloved cousins.

Due to restrictions on public gatherings, memorial services will be postponed until further notice. Please leave online condolences at In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Kathie Hewitt’s name to the American Cancer Society, a family friend at wwwgofundme/f/, or