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Betty Ann Hawkins, 76

Betty Ann Hawkins, 76, Conway, Arkansas, passed away at 8:20 pm, Saturday, June 10, 2017 at CHI St. Vincent Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas.  She was born June 30, 1940 in Peoria, Illinois, a daughter of Walter and Ella (Mundinger) Rentsch.  She married James William Hawkins on February 7, 1959, at the Christian Union Church in Metamora, Illinois.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Ella Rentsch; her husband, James; son, Michael Hawkins; one grandson, James Ausmus, and two brothers-in-law, Robert Hawkins and David Hawkins.  Betty worked as an Administrative Assistant for Guidon Realty, Eureka, Illinois, Foster-Gallagher, Peoria, Illinois, and Dutch Gardens, Chillicothe, Illinois.  Betty was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She enjoyed gardening, reading, and was an avid Cubs fan. 

Surviving are three daughters, Patricia (Barry) Parker, Cynthia (Randy) Kerr (both of Jacksonville, Florida), and Jennifer Hawkins of Conway, Arkansas (with whom she made her home for the past three years); six grandchildren, James Ausmus-deceased (Carmen), Jessica (Tommy) Campbell, Michael Mewhorter II and Kathryn Kerr of Jacksonville, Florida, Clayton (Breighann) Norris of Searcy, Arkansas, and Elizabeth (Cody) Rowlett of Conway, Arkansas; six great-grandchildren, Damien, Devin, Dakota, and Daelynne Ausmus of Jacksonville, Florida, Ryker Norris of Searcy, Arkansas, and Tinley Rowlett of Conway, Arkansas; one sister, Donna Kay (Larry, Sr) Barrett, Metamora, Illinois; one brother-in-law, Phillip Hawkins of California, and several nieces and nephews.

Her graveside service will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Metamora, Illinois Saturday, June 17, at 9:00 am. 

Cremation arrangements entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 501-982-3400.


  • Debbie kitchens Posted June 14, 2017 8:44 AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love you lots.

  • debbie love-ulrich Posted June 14, 2017 9:05 AM

    I will always cherish the time I was blessed to spend with Betty. Even though it was helping Jennifer by getting Betty (mom) to Doctor appointments never a dull moment. I loved it when I took her to eye Doctor appointment and she proceeded to tell me how to drive. Lol I had to remind her I am driving because you can’t see. This was after cataract surgery Betty you always made me laugh. My heart goes out to to Jennifer Hawkins who made her Mom’s health and well being 1st Priority in her life. I Love You Jennifer and know that I am here for you. Betty (Mom) is finally reunited with your Dad and in no more pain with our Heavenly Father.

  • Deborah Lizarraga (Shipley) Posted June 14, 2017 5:54 PM

    It was an honor knowing Mrs. Hawkins, I remember going to Jenny’s house and hearing her beautiful laugh with her girls. God Bless you Mrs. Hawkins you are with Mr. Hawkins and Mike know.

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