Gwendolyn Louette Hawkins

GWENDOLYN LOUETTE HAWKINS, 86, Oneonta, passed away at UAB Hospital on June 21, 2020, surrounded by close family. She was born July 31, 1933, to James “Jim” and Bertha Hill. She married the love of her life, Billy Hawkins, on Feb. 17, 1951, who anteceded her death on Nov. 4, 2003. Predeceasing her was a band of brothers and sisters: Zella and Vernon Arnold, Arvil and Macey Hill, J.V. and Fanny Hill, Bernice and Zion Hawkins, Nell and Hoyt Robertson, Irene and Oscar Speakman, Harold Hill, and Helen Hill.

Gwen is survived by her baby sister Nevelene Miller; her daughter Rebecca Hawkins Dover and son-in-law Lee Dover; her grandchildren Meagen and John, Brittney and Matthew, Brandie and Jonathan; and great-grandchildren Aidan, Averee, Alyssa, Addison, Layla, Aleena, and Colton.

Gwen was a graduate of Wallace State Community College. She devoted most of her career to Beverly Healthcare & Rehab as a registered dietitian and retired with more than 25 years of service. Her passions in life were caring for her residents through nutrition, cooking big country meals, joking and laughing with people, quilting, and spending time with her family. Gwen was a Christian woman who loved Jesus and attended Church of the Highlands occasionally with her daughter. She was devoted to caring for many nieces and nephews along with her granddaughter Meagen, whom she helped raise. Her laughter, loving heart, and precious memories will live on forever in our hearts.

A visitation service was held at 11 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m., at Lemley Chapel in Oneonta on June 26, 2020. She was laid to rest at Dailey’s Chapel in Rosa. Pastor Roger Robertson officiated. Lemley Funeral Home and Crematory directed.

-obituary written by family