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Barbara Jane (Sipes) Pope Hawkins

September 15, 1927 ~ July 13, 2020 (age 92)

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Barbara Jane (Sipes) Pope Hawkins, aged 92, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 13, 2020 at Sarah’s Care Home in Lancaster, California after a brief battle with cancer. She was born in Moline, Illinois on September 15, 1927 to Artie Miles Sipes and Adelia Mae (Lang) Sipes. She married Fred Leroy Pope, Jr. on June 26, 1946, with whom she had three children, and later married Kenneth Howard Hawkins on April 21, 1970, who predeceased her on August 28, 2008 in Seattle, Washington. She formerly lived in Moline, Illinois (1927-70) Cincinnati, Ohio (1970-74), Overland Park, Kansas (1974-78 & 1988-98), Shawnee, Oklahoma (1978-83), Norman, Oklahoma (1983-86), Kansas City, Missouri (1986-88), Seattle, Washington (1998-2008), and Lancaster, California (2008-2020). Barbara loved music, reading, traveling, and was an avid counted cross stitcher. In her eighties, she won many blue ribbons and Best in Division for her counted cross stitch artwork at the Antelope Valley Fair in Lancaster, California. When Barbara was ten years old, she started taking piano accordion lessons. She learned to play an Italian mother-of-pearl 120-bass piano accordion, was a member of the Honolulu Conservatory of Music Accordion Band in 1939 (in Quad Cities, Illinois), and by her teens was playing solos on live radio and teaching music at Bowlby Music House in Rock Island, Illinois. She was also an accomplished pianist who could read chord symbols at sight. Barbara loved education and was the first member of her family to finish high school, graduating from Moline High School in 1945. She later worked for schools and universities in Cincinnati, Ohio; Prairie Village, Kansas; Norman, Oklahoma; and Kansas City, Missouri. She always said educating people was more interesting than making a product.  In Cincinnati, she worked at Xavier University as Executive Secretary to the Vice President of Business & Finance, and Secretary to the Director of the Graduate Program in Hospital Administration. When she lived in Overland Park the first time, she worked for three years as Executive Secretary to Principal Dr. James Sandfort at Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas. 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 & Maintenance at the Allen-Bradley Company, while her husband Ken worked as an engineer for Worthington Pump Corporation. Her daughter Mary Pope graduated from Shawnee High School in 1981 and went to the University of Oklahoma (OU). Barbara loved music and was a tireless supporter of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra during its 1981 People’s Republic of China performance tour. In Norman, Barbara worked for OU as Secretary to the Dean of the College of Business, and Secretary to the Assistant Director of the School of Music. The second time she lived in Overland Park, she worked for twelve years as Coordinator of Donor Records for Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. She retired from Rockhurst University in 1998 at age 70½ and moved with her husband Ken to Seattle, Washington where she lived for ten years, serving for 8½ years as President of Windsong Condominiums and helping her husband run his engineering consulting business, Vibration Control Co.  After Ken’s death in 2008, she moved to Lancaster, California, and always said she couldn’t believe she ended up living in the desert where she remembered some of her favorite childhood westerns were filmed. In her retirement years, she joined the Red Hat Society and Water Babes Aerobics Swimming Club in  Seattle, the DAR in the Antelope Valley, and was an active member of the Leona Valley Ward of the LDS Church for more than five years. She was a staunch supporter of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris in his fight for Section 8 benefits for the elderly, and was very proud of the Commendation she received from the City of Lancaster for her 90th birthday.  She was predeceased by her husbands: Ken Hawkins of Seattle, Washington and Fred Pope of Moline, Illinois; her parents, Artie and Mae Sipes of Moline, Illinois; her brother, Junior Miles Sipes (Olive June Mount) of Austin, Texas; her sisters, Lucille Mary Evans (Howard Frank) and Arline Anna Betcher (Kenneth Otto) of Moline, Illinois; her special cousins: Portia Annette (Sipes) Brierton (John), Gladys Janet (Sipes) Taber (Amos), Delores Jeanene “Dee” (Sipes) Crouse (Robert), and Sandra Jane (Sipes) Chockley (Richard), all of Rushville, Illinois; cousins Russ Zerwekh (Anna) of Peoria, Illinois, Vivian (Zerkweh) Peppard (Edward) of Marrero, Louisiana, and Sally Jo (Lang) Liefer (Ralph) of Chandler, Arizona; and her daughter-in-law, Barbara (Dobrzynksi) Pope (Jeffrey Lee) of Warren, Michigan.  She is survived by her three children: Jeffrey Lee Pope (Nancy Rose Clark Storms) of Huntley, Illinois; JoAnn Adelia (Pope) Woolwine (Samuel Clayton, Jr.) of Narrows, Virginia; and Mary Jane (Pope) Hawkins Ritch (Harold “Tony”) of Palmdale, California; four grandchildren: Jennifer Lynn (Pope) Jenkins (Gary James) of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois; Samuel Clayton Woolwine, III (Federica “Kika” B. Ciacci) of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Nathan Edward Woolwine of Narrows, Virginia; and Elizabeth Ann Woolwine of Richmond, Virginia; and nine great-grandchildren in Illinois and North Carolina. She is also survived by a beloved niece, Rozella M. Evans of Moline, Illinois; special cousins, Gwendolyn Marie “Gwennie” (Sipes) Root (George) of Gillespie, Illinois and Mary Lou (Sipes) Johnson (Blaine) of Moline, Illinois; cousins Joyce E. (Lang) Baldwin (Bernard) of Boone, Iowa, Jim V. Lang (Lynn) of Westminster, Colorado, Dean Louis Lang of Beaverton, Oregon, and Donald G. Lang (Linda Sue) of Colona, Illinois; first cousin once removed Vicki (Sandberg) Miller Retzolk Hodges (Barton) of Champaign, Illinois; dear cousin by marriage, Evelyn Synneve (Tillberg) Sebree (Weldon) of Tucson, Arizona; good friend, Merle Bouche of Palmdale, California, and a dear friend, Kittye Mae Cannon of Tecumseh, Oklahoma (now Decatur, Georgia), with whom she worked at Hope House from 1978-81. She also had 3 step-daughters, 6 step-grandchildren, 12 step-great-grandchildren, and 1 step-great-great grandchild.  Her obituaries were published on Sunday, July 19, 2020 in the following newspapers:  The Quad-City Times (and Sunday, July 26), The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Kansas City Star, The Shawnee News-Star (and Tuesday, July 21), The Norman Transcript, The Seattle Times, and The Antelope Valley Press.  They can be viewed online at Legacy.com or on the newspapers’ websites.  An online obituary was also posted by Chapel of the Valley Mortuary of Palmdale, California. There were no services as she requested cremation by Chapel of the Valley Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Bristol Foundation, which provides hospice care for the terminally ill through education, engaging activities and financial assistance.  Barbara Jane (Sipes) Pope Hawkins, aged 92, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 13, 2020 at Sarah’s Care Home in Lancaster, California after a brief battle with cancer. She was born in Moline, Illinois on September 15, 1927 to Artie Miles Sipes and Adelia Mae (Lang) Sipes. She married Fred Leroy Pope, Jr. on June 26, 1946, with whom she had three children, and later married Kenneth Howard Hawkins on April 21, 1970, who predeceased her on August 28, 2008 in Seattle, Washington. She formerly lived in Moline, Illinois (1927-70) Cincinnati, Ohio (1970-74), Overland Park, Kansas (1974-78 & 1988-98), Shawnee, Oklahoma (1978-83), Norman, Oklahoma (1983-86), Kansas City, Missouri (1986-88), Seattle, Washington (1998-2008), and Lancaster, California (2008-2020).  Barbara loved music, reading, traveling, and was an avid counted cross stitcher. In her eighties, she won many blue ribbons and Best in Division for her counted cross stitch artwork at the Antelope Valley Fair in Lancaster, California. When Barbara was ten years old, she started taking piano accordion lessons. She learned to play an Italian mother-of-pearl 120-bass piano accordion, was a member of the Honolulu Conservatory of Music Accordion Band in 1939 (in Quad Cities, Illinois), and by her teens was playing solos on live radio and teaching music at Bowlby Music House in Rock Island, Illinois. She was also an accomplished pianist who could read chord symbols at sight. Barbara loved education and was the first member of her family to finish high school, graduating from Moline High School in 1945. She later worked for schools and universities in Cincinnati, Ohio; Prairie Village, Kansas; Norman, Oklahoma; and Kansas City, Missouri. She always said educating people was more interesting than making a product.  In Cincinnati, she worked at Xavier University as Executive Secretary to the Vice President of Business & Finance, and Secretary to the Director of the Graduate Program in Hospital Administration. When she lived in Overland Park the first time, she worked for three years as Executive Secretary to Principal Dr. James Sandfort at Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas. 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 & Maintenance at the Allen-Bradley Company, while her husband Ken worked as an engineer for Worthington Pump Corporation. Her daughter Mary Pope graduated from Shawnee High School in 1981 and went to the University of Oklahoma (OU). Barbara loved music and was a tireless supporter of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra during its 1981 People’s Republic of China performance tour. In Norman, Barbara worked for OU as Secretary to the Dean of the College of Business, and Secretary to the Assistant Director of the School of Music. The second time she lived in Overland Park, she worked for twelve years as Coordinator of Donor Records for Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. She retired from Rockhurst University in 1998 at age 70½ and moved with her husband Ken to Seattle, Washington where she lived for ten years, serving for 8½ years as President of Windsong Condominiums and helping her husband run his engineering consulting business, Vibration Control Co.  After Ken’s death in 2008, she moved to Lancaster, California, and always said she couldn’t believe she ended up living in the desert where she remembered some of her favorite childhood westerns were filmed. In her retirement years, she joined the Red Hat Society and Water Babes Aerobics Swimming Club in  Seattle, the DAR in the Antelope Valley, and was an active member of the Leona Valley Ward of the LDS Church for more than five years. She was a staunch supporter of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris in his fight for Section 8 benefits for the elderly, and was very proud of the Commendation she received from the City of Lancaster for her 90th birthday.  She was predeceased by her husbands: Ken Hawkins of Seattle, Washington and Fred Pope of Moline, Illinois; her parents, Artie and Mae Sipes of Moline, Illinois; her brother, Junior Miles Sipes (Olive June Mount) of Austin, Texas; her sisters, Lucille Mary Evans (Howard Frank) and Arline Anna Betcher (Kenneth Otto) of Moline, Illinois; her special cousins: Portia Annette (Sipes) Brierton (John), Gladys Janet (Sipes) Taber (Amos), Delores Jeanene “Dee” (Sipes) Crouse (Robert), and Sandra Jane (Sipes) Chockley (Richard), all of Rushville, Illinois; cousins Russ Zerwekh (Anna) of Peoria, Illinois, Vivian (Zerkweh) Peppard (Edward) of Marrero, Louisiana, and Sally Jo (Lang) Liefer (Ralph) of Chandler, Arizona; and her daughter-in-law, Barbara (Dobrzynksi) Pope (Jeffrey Lee) of Warren, Michigan.  She is survived by her three children: Jeffrey Lee Pope (Nancy Rose Clark Storms) of Huntley, Illinois; JoAnn Adelia (Pope) Woolwine (Samuel Clayton, Jr.) of Narrows, Virginia; and Mary Jane (Pope) Hawkins Ritch (Harold “Tony”) of Palmdale, California; four grandchildren: Jennifer Lynn (Pope) Jenkins (Gary James) of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois; Samuel Clayton Woolwine, III (Federica “Kika” B. Ciacci) of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Nathan Edward Woolwine of Narrows, Virginia; and Elizabeth Ann Woolwine of Richmond, Virginia; and nine great-grandchildren in Illinois and North Carolina. She is also survived by a beloved niece, Rozella M. Evans of Moline, Illinois; special cousins, Gwendolyn Marie “Gwennie” (Sipes) Root (George) of Gillespie, Illinois and Mary Lou (Sipes) Johnson (Blaine) of Moline, Illinois; cousins Joyce E. (Lang) Baldwin (Bernard) of Boone, Iowa, Jim V. Lang (Lynn) of Westminster, Colorado, Dean Louis Lang of Beaverton, Oregon, and Donald G. Lang (Linda Sue) of Colona, Illinois; first cousin once removed Vicki (Sandberg) Miller Retzolk Hodges (Barton) of Champaign, Illinois; dear cousin by marriage, Evelyn Synneve (Tillberg) Sebree (Weldon) of Tucson, Arizona; good friend, Merle Bouche of Palmdale, California, and a dear friend, Kittye Mae Cannon of Tecumseh, Oklahoma (now Decatur, Georgia), with whom she worked at Hope House from 1978-81. She also had 3 step-daughters, 6 step-grandchildren, 12 step-great-grandchildren, and 1 step-great-great grandchild. Her obituaries were published on Sunday, July 19, 2020 in the following newspapers:  The Quad-City Times (and Sunday, July 26), The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Kansas City Star, The Shawnee News-Star (and Tuesday, July 21), The Norman Transcript, The Seattle Times, and The Antelope Valley Press.  They can be viewed online at Legacy.com or on the newspapers’ websites.  An online obituary was also posted by Chapel of the Valley Mortuary of Palmdale, California. There were no services as she requested cremation by Chapel of the Valley Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Bristol Foundation, which provides hospice care for the terminally ill through education, engaging activities and financial assistance.

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