NEW FRANKLIN - Mary Lou Hawkins, 79, of New Franklin, OH passed away Monday, October 1, 2012 at Chapel Hill Retirement Community in Canal Fulton, OH after battling Alzheimer's for 8 years. She was born in Rogers, OH on February 2, 1933 to Norma Ketchum and graduated from David Anderson High School in Lisbon, OH in 1951.
Mary Lou started her career as a secretary for a soil conservation office in Lisbon before marrying Robert Hawkins, her husband of 55 years on September 29, 1957. Together they raised two children, David and Michelle. She began working again in 1978 as the secretary of Trinity United Church of Christ, retiring in 2000 after 22 years of service to the church.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Norma B. Ketchum. She is survived by her husband, Robert D. Hawkins of New Franklin; son David A. (Claudia) Hawkins of New Franklin; daughter Michelle A. Hawkins of Akron and her sister Dorothy A Copeland of Hanoverton, OH.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, October 4, 2012, 12 Noon at Trinity United Church of Christ, 8101Manchester Rd, Canal Fulton, Rev. Glen Shedlock officiating. Interment at Grove Hill Cemetery in Hanoverton, OH. Callings Hours Thursday 10 am until the time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Trinity United Church of Christ; Chapel Hill Community, 12200 Strauser St, NW Canal Fulton, OH 44614; Mercy Hospice of Mercy Medical Center, 1320 Mercy Drive N.W. Canton, OH 44708 or the Alzheimer's Association, 408 9th Street Southwest Canton, OH 44707. www.swigarteasterlingfuneralhome.com (Swigart-Easterling, 330-854-2356)