Wendy R. Chason, beloved mother, grandmother, and sister, passed away on Friday, June 2nd, 2023, at her home in Davis, California, at age 78. She leaves behind her son and daughter-in-law, Jon and Hilary Chason; daughter and son-in-law, Cait and Chris Lippitt; grandchildren Natalie, Ben, Emily, and Liam; and siblings and sister-in-law, Peter and Aileen Hewitt, and Daria Hewitt.
Wendy was born in Queens, New York, on February 4th, 1945, to Norman and Harriette Hewitt. Wendy lived in several states with her family before pursuing her education at Wilmington College, Ohio, where she met her beloved husband, Robert (Bob) Chason. Wendy and Bob lived in many places pursuing their education and careers before settling in Davis in 1979 with their children.
Wendy embraced the Davis community and dedicated her life to making it a special place. As a passionate advocate for education, Wendy served as an elementary and junior high school librarian for over three decades at Patwin Elementary School and Holmes Junior High School. Her commitment to nurturing young minds was unwavering, and her influence extended beyond the classroom. Wendy's enthusiasm and genuine care inspired generations of students to reach their full potential.
Outside of her career, Wendy was active in several community organizations. She was known for her tireless efforts in supporting local charities, volunteering at community events, and advocating for diversity in education and the arts.
Wendy enjoyed spending time with her family and friends in her free time. She adored her grandchildren and cherished her time with them most of all. Gardening, music, and reading were a big part of each day. Wendy also loved traveling; she enjoyed exploring the world with family and friends.
Wendy will be dearly missed by her family, friends, colleagues, and all who had the privilege of knowing her. We will miss Wendy's, kindness, empathy, and unwavering dedication to improving her community. Though she is no longer with us, her spirit lives on in the hearts of those fortunate enough to have crossed paths with her.
A private memorial service to celebrate Wendy's life will occur on Saturday, July 8th on the UC Davis campus. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to Words Take Wing: Honoring Diversity in Children’s Literature, as it was a cause close to Wendy's heart.