Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 8:16 PM on Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Edith Woodward Sognier Hawkey

July 6, 1917- Feb. 26, 2011

Edith Woodward Sognier Hawkey, 93, died Feb. 26, 2011, at her home in Logan, Utah. Mrs. Hawkey was born July 6, 1917, in Savannah, Ga., to Viola S. and Joseph W. Sognier. She studied agriculture at the University of Maryland before moving to New York City and Washington D.C. There she acted in the Washington Civic Theater and worked as an attorney's assistant. She later lived in Bucks County, Pa., before moving to Upper Saddle River, N.J., and then Rockport, Maine.

In 1963, she became a retail businesswoman when she founded a children's clothing store, The Colony, in Camden, Maine, a business that is still in operation today. In Rockport, she was a community activist, served on the library board and as a selectwoman, was a founding member of the Rockport Boat Club, and was an avid supporter of the arts. In 1989, she moved to Homer to be near her children, living there through last year. In Homer she was a faithful volunteer at the chamber of commerce, the Homer Public Library, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust. She enjoyed world travel, visiting Peru, Uzbekistan, Turkey and Russia, among other countries. She was bright, elegant and committed to making the world better for her having been in it.

Mrs. Hawkey was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Caskie Stinnett and William Hawkey; and by her brother Joseph Sognier. She is survived by her daughters, Savannah S. Lewis and husband Steve of Seldovia and Rev. Susan W. Springer of Providence, Utah; her brother, Judge John W. and wife Loretto Sognier of Atlanta, Ga.; and by nieces and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please raise a glass of champagne in her honor. Donations in her memory may be made to the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies or the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust.