Carol Jean Hewer, professor emeritus Bakersfield College, died at her home in Ridgecrest, California, while under Hospice care on September 30, 2017 at the age of 78. She was born in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, the daughter of Albert and Mildred Parker in 1939. She spent her early years in Eureka Springs graduating from Eureka Springs High School as class valedictorian in 1957. She entered the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and graduated in the College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in English literature in 1960 with highest honors. She was a life-long member of Phi Beta Kappa. She achieved her master’s degree at that institution in 1962. After one year teaching English at Eureka Springs High in 1962-1963, she joined the faculty at Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, CA. In 1968 she transferred to the Bakersfield College Desert Campus now Cerra Coso College Ridgecrest, CA. That same year she met Gary Hewer; they were married October 1969 in Bakersfield, CA. She retired from Cerro Cosco College in 2001 after 38 years.
She was predeceased by her parents and her sister Helen Maxwell and her first husband James Hollis Ward.
She is survived by her husband Gary, daughter Elizabeth Gossett, son-in- law Keola Gossett, grandson Dante Gossett, nephew Daryl Maxwell as well as numerous Parker relatives.
The family wishes to thank the Hospice Care caregivers and all our friends who sent cards, text messages and spent comfort time with her during her last days.
A 11 AM memorial service is planned for October 21 at the Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church for family and friends.