Anne J. Hawkins, 88, of Hamburg, passed away December 22, 2017 at the Jennie B. Nursing Home in Springville.
Anne was born in Lawrence, Mass. on May 28, 1929 and was one of six children of the late Dan and Molly Healey. She was married to the late Arthur R. Hawkins of Springville.
Anne was a devoted mom who raised three children mostly on her own as her husband, Art, traveled with his job. Her strong New England constitution helped propel her children successfully through life. Her steadfast belief in the value of family and the sharing of time over material things helped forge strong bonds with her family.
Never short on offering a word of love or encouragement, many look back on their interactions with Anne as cherished memories, including bouts of laughter. This side of Anne, with roles of Mom or Grammy, will be surely missed. She never said anything that didn’t come from her heart. Generous and gracious to a fault, Anne gave more than she could ever afford and we are all the better for it.
Anne had many interests including traveling, spending time at the beach, trying her luck at the casino, reading and visiting the Hamburg Senior Center. She and Art grew up in the midst of the big-band era and a fast beat was all it took to get them on the floor, which sometimes was the living room carpet. Their children all learned to dance on top of their shoes. Her love of music and dancing continued into her later years.
Anne is survived by her children Patricia (Gary) Fisher, Thomas (Brenda) Hawkins and Beth (Wayne) Kummer; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Sadly, all lives come to a close, but never an ending. Anne’s faith led her into everlasting life on Dec. 22 surrounded by her family. Donations in remembrance of Anne and her love of animals may be made to the SPCA serving Erie County.
A funeral mass will be held Friday, Dec. 29, at 10 a.m., from St. Aloysius Church, 186 Franklin St., Springville.