J. Marrianne Hancock Hawkins|
May 7, 1933 - Aug. 14, 2014
Resident of Pleasanton
Marrianne peacefully passed away in her home Thursday surrounded by her adoring family. Marrianne was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, teacher and community supporter.
Marrianne was born and raised in Seattle, WA to Marie Pearl and George William Hancock. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother John Michael Hancock, and Floyd her devoted husband of 56 years
Marrianne is survived by her children Lisa Anne Hawkins Kappeler and Vincent William Hawkins. Her grandchildren Justin Logan Kappeler, Emily Kate Hawkins, Benjamin Gregori Hawkins, and many devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.
She earned a Master's degree in Education from Western Washington University. Marrianne taught elementary and special education in Pinole, Pacifica and Hayward before a long, very successful award winning career in the Marry School District as a kindergarten teacher in Dublin, CA starting in 1967. Marrianne was a district Teacher of the Year and was selected by NASA to promote science in the classroom. Community members recall many magical memories of Mrs. Hawkins as their teacher. She retired in 1995.
Marrianne loved travel, art, history, archeology and sharing with friends. She and Floyd enjoyed 14 cruises. Marrianne served on committees with the Dublin Retired Teachers Association for over 20 years. She was active in the AAUW (American Association of University Women) by promoting education, clean water, school supplies and buildings for schools. She was devoted to the Catholic Community of Pleasanton by teaching catechism, fundraising, collecting donations and being a Eucharistic minister to the sick and home bound. Also, Marrianne was an active leader with both Boy's and Girl Scouts. She had been influenced by instructors who had training from Maria Montessori in Italy. The Montessori message that Marrianne believed "any child is teachable".
Family and friends are invited to a Rosary vigil Tues. Aug. 19, 2014 at Graham Hitch Mortuary, 4167 First St., Pleasanton, 7 PM. The funeral Mass is Wednesday Aug. 20, 2014, 11 AM at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, 3999 Bernal Ave. in Pleasanton. There will be a private interment in Renton, WA.
Honorary donations in Marrianne's memory may be made to the scholarship fund with the Dublin Retired Teachers Association or the
Published in East Bay Times on Aug. 20, 2014