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.