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Barbara J. Hawkins

The Shawnee News-Star
Barbara J. Hawkins, 92, former resident of Shawnee, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 13, 2020, in Lancaster, California.

Barbara J. Hawkins, 92, former resident of Shawnee (1978-83), passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 13, 2020, in Lancaster, California.

She was born in Moline, Illinois, on Sept. 15, 1927, to Artie and Mae Sipes.

She married Ken Hawkins in 1970, and he predeceased her in Seattle, Washington, in 2008.

In Shawnee, she worked as administrative assistant to the director of The Youth & Family Resource Center (Hope House); executive secretary to the city manager of Shawnee; and secretary to the manager of plant engineering and maintenance at the Allen-Bradley Company, while her husband Ken worked as an engineer for Worthington Pump Company.

Her daughter Mary Pope graduated from Shawnee High School in 1981.

Barbara loved music and was a tireless supporter of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra during its 1981 People’s Republic of China performance tour.

She is survived by three children: Jeff Pope (Nancy), Illinois, JoAnn (Pope) Woolwine (Sam), Virginia, and Mary (Pope) Ritch (Tony), California; four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; three step-daughters; six step-grandchildren; 12 step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-grandchild; and a dear friend, Kittye Mae Cannon of Tecumseh, with whom she worked at Hope House from 1978-81.

Barbara requested no services, and cremation by Chapel of the Valley in Palmdale, California.