Memorial services for Mary Ann Hawkins were Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Uehling. It was concurrent with the service for her brother, Elden Wesley. Her burial will be at a later date in Oakland Cemetery. She passed away Jan. 29, 2019 at Heritage Legacy Assisted Living in Omaha at the age of 83.
Mary Ann Hawkins was born to Adolf and Agnes Wesely Nov. 1, 1935, on their family farm south of Cedar Bluffs, Neb. She attended grade school at a nearby country school before graduating from Cedar Bluffs High School. She then attended Midland College where she met her husband Swede Hawkins. They married June 4, 1955. After finishing school in Fremont, they moved to Creighton, Neb., for 8 years. While in Creighton, Mary Ann substitute taught and was involved with Campfire Girls.
They moved to Oakland in 1965. She was a busy homemaker and was involved with the United Methodist Church as a piano player, church secretary, summer Bible school teacher and helped with funeral receptions. For many years she worked as an election poll worker, volunteered for Meals on Wheels, was involved in the Cub Scouts, and taught preschool.
She had a love for painting, winning best of show several times, and helped paint the original Swedish signs in Oakland.
Mary Ann and Swede enjoyed their later years exploring the 50 states, visiting National Parks, the Czech Republic and enjoying their ever-growing family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sibling Marvin Wesely, husband Swede Hawkins and followed in death by her brother Elden.
She is survived by their five children; Kirk (Gail) Hawkins, Carol (Dave) Krick, Robin Hawkins, Lee Anne (Brad) Simpson, and Spencer (Laura) Hawkins all of Omaha; one brother Bob; 14 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church in Oakland or Oakland Public Library.
Pelan Funeral Services was in charge of the arrangements.