Elizabeth Jean Hedges

Elizabeth Jean Hedges passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at the age of 92 in Santa Monica. Born on September 28, 1926, in Santa Monica, Elizabeth was the daughter of Everett E. and P. Lucile (Kantz) Hedges.

She was a 1949 graduate of UCLA and received a BA and a Kindergarten-Primary Teaching Credential. In 1976, she received an MS from Pepperdine University.

She taught at Will Rogers, Franklin and McKinley Elementary schools in Santa Monica, and taught for the U.S. Air Force Dependents School in England and in Japan. She worked three years in Washington, D.C. at the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) Headquarters, and held local, state and international offices.

A redwood tree in Humboldt County was dedicated to her for her work. She was the first woman teacher to be awarded the Meritorious Service Award from the Santa Monica Classroom Teachers Association. She was the vice president of Delta Kappa Gamma Society, IOTA Chapter, an international honorary education society.

She retired from teaching after serving 42 years in the Santa Monica schools. She was involved in the Community Bible Study (CBS), the Mayflower Society and Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

She was a devoted Christian and loving daughter, sister, aunt and great aunt. She will be missed by all who knew her.

She was predeceased by brother, Ralph Hedges (Marilyn), and sister, Marie Hedges Rourke (W. Eugene). She is survived by sister-in-law, Marilyn Hedges; nieces, Kathleen Hedges Loftman (Russell), Phyllis Rourke Kelleghan (William) and Janice Rourke (Eric Fujishin); nephew, Robert Hedges (Patricia); great nieces, Catalina Kelleghan, Lillian Perry and Annemarie Kelleghan; and great nephews, Michael Kelleghan and Andrew Kelleghan.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 12, at St. John’s Presbyterian Church at 11000 National Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064. Donations in her name may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators, Mercy Ships, Focus on the Family, Calvary Church Pacific Palisades Christian Service and Children’s Camp Scholarship Fund, The Bible Tabernacle, or Thru the Bible Radio Network.