Novella H. Hegeman (nee Henderson) died on Sunday, July 28 after 97 years of blessed life. She was born on July 3, 1916 and raised in Pottawatomie County, Okla., where she attended school and had a year of “normal” college before meeting her first love, Mr. I. Frank Brown of California then a senior vice president of the Hughes Tool Corporation. Mr. Brown then established in Manhattan, N.Y. his own oil equipment and drilling company, the International Oil Company, later sold to Socony Vacuum, a growing Standard Oil spin-off now known as MOBIL. She worked alongside Mr. Brown and served as Vice president for business operations and corporate secretary until his death in the mid-1940s. In 1946, she married Mr. Julian B. Adoue, Jr. then the youngest vice president of Standard Oil of New Jersey and director of Creole Petroleum in Caracas, Venezuela.
The marriage produced two daughters, Ms. Pauline A. Scanlon (Frank) of Nashville, Tenn., and Miss Novella Adoue of Rye, N.Y., that ended in divorce. She later married Mr. Bertram H. Hegeman, vice president/director of the rental division for Rockefeller Centre, with whom she shared a wonderful life until his death in August 1990.
She came from a family of nine, including her parents and seven siblings all of whom preceded her in death. One brother, a WWII casualty, is buried in the U.S. Military Cemetery near Liege in Belgium.
Novella was devoted to her immediate and extended families, and her political community as a Harrison Republic district leader, friends and neighbors. She will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by two daughters, a granddaughter—Ms. Meghan Scanlon Roach (Dr. Kyle V.) and two great-grandchildren—Miss Eleanor McCall Roach and Master Deaglan C. Roach, all of Chattanooga, Tenn. (Submitted)