03/16/16 - NNHS Newsletter - Teddy Bowen Hankins
Mary Lucille Bowen Hankins
Friends and Schoolmates,
There is still more sad news this Wednesday. Teddy Bowen Hankins, mother of Mary Henley Hankins Thompson, George Hankins ('67), and Howard Hankins, passed away at home in Newport News on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at the age of 93.
From the Daily Press - 03/16/16:
Mary Lucille Bowen Hankins
NEWPORT NEWS - We are most thankful for the life of our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Mary Lucille Bowen Hankins, who died peacefully in her home on March 15, 2016.
Mrs. Hankins, the third child of Lucille Cooper Bowen and Howard Wheatley Bowen, was born November 27,1922 at Elizabeth Buxton Hospital in Newport News.
She was preceded in death by her "childhood sweetheart" and husband of 57 years, Dr. George Southey Hankins; her brother, William Cooper Bowen; and her sister, Jane French Bowen Houston.
Mary Lucille and Suds lovingly raised their three children: Mary Henley Hankins Thompson, married to the late Leroy Edwards Thompson; George Southey Hankins Jr., married to Ann Colonna Hankins; and Howard Bowen Hankins, married to Kelly Hudson Hankins, all of whom will miss her love, laughter and words of wisdom.
She is also survived by five grandchildren who called her "Teddy": Marian Hankins Longacre, married to Charles E. Longacre II; Southey Edwards Thompson; George Southey Hankins III, married to Anne Mills Hankins; Catherine Hankins Ashe, married to Richard Scott Ashe and Howard Bowen Hankins Jr. Nine great-grandchildren also survive her: Catherine Hunter Longacre, Caroline Geddy Longacre, Charles Southey Longacre, Mary Henley Hankins, John Savage Hankins, Virginia Rawls Hankins, and Kathleen Geddy Hankins, Victoria Peyton Ashe, Richard Harper Ashe.
Mary Lucille was anchored in her faith and shared her spiritual walk with those around her. She was an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Newport News, where she prepared many lunches for Lenten services and hosted dinners for visiting bishops.
She was an excellent bridge player and in later life appreciated the bridge games her dear friends arranged for her to play. She also enjoyed playing golf; and both she and Suds enjoyed entertaining their friends and family at their home and around the pool.
She was also a member of the DAR, The Medical Auxiliary, The Junior League of Hampton Roads and a lifetime member of The Huntington Garden Club where her love of life and creativity was displayed in her blue ribbon, beautiful floral arrangements.
Teddy died knowing that she was blessed throughout her life with a loving husband, family and friends and in her words, "I have lived in the best of times."
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Garden Club of Virginia or St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Newport News.
The family would like to thank Georgia and Theresa for the best of care and kindness over the last two years.
At our mother's request, the service will be a private graveside for family only.
Peninsula Funeral Home
is in charge of the arrangements.
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Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Hankin's family and friends at this difficult time.
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always HaveBuckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Text by Martin Janus (1832-1909), 1661
English version (which does not correspond to the original German) probably by Robert S. Bridges (1844-1930)
Music by Johann Schop (@1590-1667)
Arranged by Johann Sebastian Bach (31 Mar 1685 – 28 July 1750), 1723
Jesu, joy of man’s desiring,
Holy wisdom, love most bright;
Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring
Soar to uncreated light.
Word of God, our flesh that fashioned,
With the fire of life impassioned,
Striving still to truth unknown,
Soaring, dying round Thy throne.
Through the way where hope is guiding,
Hark, what peaceful music rings;
Where the flock, in Thee confiding,
Drink of joy from deathless springs.
Theirs is beauty’s fairest pleasure;
Theirs is wisdom’s holiest treasure.
Thou dost ever lead Thine own
In the love of joys unknown.
"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" midi courtesy of http://rosemck1.tripod.com/jukebox-classical.html - 11/17/10
"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" lyrics courtesy of http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/j/e/jesujomd.htm - 11/17/10
Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com – 01/27/05
Flower Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars18.html - 07/18/09
DAR logo courtesy of http://www.polynome.fr/peace1783/ - 01/13/08
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