Billie Jean VanHook (1938 - 2017)

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Billie Jean Tipton VanHook, 78, Cynthiana, Ky., died Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Cedar Ridge Health Campus.
She was born in Springfield, Ohio, Dec. 11, 1938, to the late William Walker and Blanche Park Tipton. She was a graduate of Midway College, University of Kentucky and Eastern University, was a retired educator for the Harrison County School System, for over 30 years, where she served as Guidance Counselor at the Harrison County Middle School. She was a member of Cynthiana Christian Church, where she served as deacon and sang in the church choir, the DAR, and was nominated, "Teacher of the Year" by the Cynthiana-Harrison County Chamber of Commerce. She was past president of the Habitat for Humanity and was an alumni board member of Midway College.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Carrolle VanHook and a sister, Patricia Tipton Esrael.
Survivors include: a son, Robert Embry (Sandy) VanHook, Harrison County, Ky.; two daughters, Beth (Greg) Coleman, Butler, Ill. and Patricia (Colby) Gaines, Winchester, Ky.; grandchildren, Michael Todd Brown, Madelyn Carrolle Sterrett, John Embry VanHook, Benjamin Parke VanHook, Caroline Elizabeth VanHook, Logan Matthew Gaines, John Patrick Gaines and Trenton Robert Walker Gaines.
Services will be conducted Monday, March 20 at 10 a.m. at Cynthiana Christian Church by Dr. Larry W. Bishop. Burial will be in Battle Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, March 19 at the church. Drake-Whaley-McCarty Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Cynthiana Christian Church, Hospice of the Bluegrass or Harrison County Family Resource and Youth Service Center.
Pallbearers are grandsons and Wilbur Gross and Jerry Irvin.
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Published in The Cynthiana Democrat on Mar. 16, 2017