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Dede Hawes

Dede Dimmitt Hawes died Sept. 17, 2007, in Grass Valley after a brief illness. She was 78. A private memorial was held with her family.

Born Nancy Jean Dimmitt in Providence, R.I., on May 29, 1929, Mrs. Hawes was the oldest daughter of Dr. Frank W. Dimmitt and Ruth Curtis Dimmitt. She graduated from Lincoln School in Providence in 1947 and attended Smith College in Northampton, Mass. She also was a resident of Westport Harbor, Mass.

For 25 years, Mrs. Hawes worked in the New York fashion industry for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour and Seventeen magazines, among others. She enjoyed the theater and museums of New York.



She moved to Pasadena in the 1970s, where she was an advertising account executive with the South Pasadena Review and Magazine. She retired to Grass Valley in 2003 and lived on Lime Kiln Road with relatives.

She enjoyed traveling to England in 2005, when she visited cathedrals and castles.




Mrs. Hawes was divorced and had no children.

Her family and friends remember her love and extensive knowledge of English literature and history. Books from her collection will be donated to the Nevada County Public Library.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Susanna Dimmitt and David Rosprim of Grass Valley; brother and sister-in-law, Sterling and Angela Dimmitt of New Milford, Conn.; nieces and nephews Elizabeth and Chad Norris of Oakland, Dr. Carey Dimmitt, of Northampton, Mass., and Suzanne Sterling Dimmitt of Santa Monica; and four grandnieces and grandnephews.

In memory of Mrs. Hawes, donations may be made to the Nevada County Library.


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