September 16, 1927 – March 2, 2020
Lenna, 92, passed away on March 2, 2020, in Austin, Texas. She was born in Georgetown, TX, to Amzy Alton and Hattie Piper Hahn on September 16, 1927. Lenna grew up on a farm close to Burnet, TX with three sisters. She graduated from UT Austin where she enjoyed square dancing and met her husband of 71 years, Edgar H. B. Chew. Lenna and Ed were married May 28, 1948, at the end of college, and moved to El Paso to take care of Ed’s family and the family business. While in El Paso, Lenna was a school teacher until their three children were born. They remained there until 1967 when a job moved them back to Austin. Lenna enjoyed traveling all her life. There were family vacations to New York, Colorado, Yellowstone, and many more State and National Parks. She enjoyed chaperoning the Westlake band and choir trips abroad. Starting in the 90s, Lenna and Ed traveled on Elderhostel trips to New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Greece, Rome, Sweden, Panama and many places in the U.S. Surviving her are her husband, three children: Edgar and Valerie Chew, Nancy and Rick Perkins, and John and Sally Chew; seven grandchildren: Cale and Mike Nonemacher, Robin and Chad Loeffler, Tucker Chew, Ross and Jen Perkins, Ben and Sheena Perkins, Jane Chew and Sam Chew, and eight great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at Bethel Cemetery, Burnet, Texas on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Following the service will be a visitation with family and friends at the Bethel Community Center, Burnet, TX. Lenna requested “happy” clothes – colorful shirts, no suits or ties, for attendees. Funeral arrangements by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home of Burnet, TX
- Graveside Service Bethel Cemetery Saturday, March 7, 2020
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March 5, 2020
After having known Lenna for 29 years or so, as John’s sister-in-law, she and I had the chance to get better acquainted in 2019. We had many lunchtime visits, with lots of fun chatter and memories. She told me about growing up on the farm – how the postman would deliver baby chicks, along with the mail, to one house and they would be relayed down the road by neighbors until reaching the correct home. There were wonderful memories of her and Ed’s early years together; fun stories of her children when young, and how they helped her and each other in the growing-up years; travels and vacations. Her unbounded love for Ed, Edgar, Nancy and John shown through with every story. I always left uplifted by our chats. God bless, and God rest your soul, Lenna. I will miss you.
March 5, 2020
Dear Ed and Family, I remember Lenna as a devoted wife to Ed, a devoted mother, grandmother, and greatmother. She was also a caring friend and gracious hostess to me and my husband, Bill Grobe. We shared some wonderful meals with Ed and Lenna in their home, and enjoyed hearing about their travels around the world. I send my deeply sincere sympathy to Ed and the Chew family for the loss of Lenna, a lovely lady!