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ELIZABETH ANN (DenHerder) HANKEY, 66, formerly of Paulding, died on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at her residence, surrounded by her family and memories. Born Sept. 7, 1947, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Betsy was the daughter of the late John S. DenHerder and Lucille E. (Matson) DenHerder. In 1969, she graduated with a B.A. in Biology from Denison University, Granville, Ohio. She received an advanced degree in Microbiology from Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill. On June 18, 1977, she married attorney Charles D. Hankey in Indianapolis. Until 1985, she worked in the microbiology lab at St. Vincent's Hospital, Indianapolis. She was passionate about literacy, volunteering in the library at Park Tudor School. She worked with her husband as the bookkeeper for Hankey Law Office. She retired in 2012. She filled her life with the living of it - reading, gardening, needlepointing, antiquing, and being with her family. She was an avid traveller and her favorite destinations were San Francisco, Calif., London, England and Paris, France. She was a lover of fine arts and theater. Betsy is survived by her husband, Charles Hankey of Indianapolis; daughters, Anne E. (Randy M.) Forman of Chicago, Ill. and Emily C. Hankey of Brooklyn, N.Y.; granddaughter, Madeline J. Forman; brother, John W. (Janis) DenHerder of Paulding, Ohio.; and nephews, William J. (Leah) DenHerder of Middletown, Ohio and Joseph E. DenHerder of Paulding, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her father John S. DenHerder and mother Lucille E. (Matson) DenHerder. Memorial service is 1 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis. Dr. Jim Riley is officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family would love any memorial contributions to be made to the Westminster Food Pantry, in Indianapolis, Ind.
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on June 6, 2014
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