By Dena Martin
The Times 

Blast from the past: Laura Jean Hevel was first city council woman

Waitsburg continues to benefit from the Hevel's service and generosity


February 28, 2019

1971 City Council Minutes

WAITSBURG – Dr. Roger Hevel and his wife, Laura Jean, have been cornerstones of the Waitsburg community for decades. Laura Jean, who passed away in December, at the age of 93 was always ready to greet a neighbor with a warm smile and a kind word. She was also a strong community activist and philanthropist.

While looking through past city council minutes, City Manager Randy Hinchliffe recently ran across these minutes from July of 1971. In them, Laura Jean was unanimously nominated to city council to fill a seat vacated by Joe Abbey.

"Mrs. Hevel will be the first council woman to serve th...

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