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Pyette quilt lifts veteran's spirit

 
November 15, 2022
 
Jesse Hawke holds up the beautiful veterans quilt crafted by Margaret Pyette and presented to Jesse Hawke on Veterans Day.

Jesse  Hawke (left) and Army buddies.
Few would question the notion that few things in the world are as comforting as a hand-made quilt, and Margaret Pyette has long been bringing such comfort to a very deserving group of people. Each year, she chooses two Boundary County veterans, then crafts her amazingly beautiful hand-made quilts, lovingly personalized, to be ready to give during the Veterans Day service.

This year, her kind gift did more than bring comfort. For one elderly veteran, the timing couldn't have been more perfect.

Jesse Hawke, 90, lives in the memory care unit at the Boundary County Restorium, and the staff each year goes above and beyond to ensure that every one of the military veterans is recognized each November 11.

Jesse had just returned home from a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He just had time to ask his sweetheart for her hand before he was off to basic, then to a two-year tour in Panama. He and his fiance wrote each other faithfully and were married after his honorable discharge.

Suffering dementia, vast tracks of his life are now lost to him, but he remembers his time in ithe military well. But Friday, November 11, didn't start out well for the old soldier.

"He was feeling down and didn't want to go to breakfast or even leave his room," his daughter, Laura Beazer, said. "Then some angel people came and presented him with this beautiful quilt. He perked right up and felt loved and remembered. I'm so grateful for the kindness of others! I don't know who you are Ms. Pyette, but thank you!"

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