|August 17, 1892 is Mabel Williams Hewes's Birthday. |
On August 17, 1926, she married sweet Chet. She's been gone 40+ years and she is still deeply missed by her devoted family.
Mabel may have put the "M" in Maybelline, but, she had no interest in being just another "It Girl," or "Vamp." She was a traditional, 32 year old, Southern Lady, waiting for her man to come along.
Unbeknownst to her, Chester Randolph Hewes, was living in Chicago and working at Montgomery Wards, in the automotive, advertising department.
|Mabel's brother, Maybelline founder, Tom Lyle Williams with the Bride and Groom and Chet's sister Bonnie.|
At the time Chester, was involved with an English girl he'd met in England, while in the Navy, during
WW l. He had said goodbye to her and her family after his stint was over, headed back to the US, got a job and was busy working. When all of a sudden, Connie, her mother and several grown brothers showed up on his doorstep.
|Mabel with her father, Thomas Jefferson Williams|
He told her he did not want to marry her, but being a gentleman, arranged for an apartment for the family and jobs for her brothers. After awhile she realized Chester, just wasn't that into her, so, packed up her family and sadly, headed back to England.
|1928 Mabel and Chet with their first child, Shirley|
Mabel met Chester, through his sister Bonnie when he came to pick up Bonnie at a bridal shower given at the home of Chester's then girlfriend. Mabel was also a guest and after Chester met her, he told a friend, Mabel was the girl he was going to marry.
Mabel is the Bell in Maybelline and still rings clear today and always.