Jean Hawkins, age 92, of Arcata, California passed away peacefully on May 4th, 2021 in her home with family members by her side.
Jean is survived by her three loving sons, Roger, Richard (Kelly), John (Alison), her beloved grandchildren, Tahni (Blake), Lee (Kelly), Jesse (Monica), Jennifer, Lisa, Dane, Caleb, Gage, Cait, Leigh, her cherished great grandchildren, Jaxon, Taelin, Estelle, Bailey, Hudson, Holden, Romy, Piper, Harper and Riley. She is also survived by close nieces, Nancy, Kacey and nephew, Pat who were special to her.
Jean was born to Frank and Stella Michaels in Paul Idaho and raised with her brothers, Clifford and Alvin and sister Shirley. She moved to Humboldt County when she was 12 years old. Jean attended Eureka High School which is where she met her high school sweetheart and the love of her life, Lee Hawkins. After Lee returned from military service during World War II, they were married in 1947 and celebrated 63 happy years together until Lee's passing in 2010.
Jean retired from the HSU Admissions and Records Office. After her retirement, she was dedicated to volunteer work with Mad River Hospital, Lifeline and Adult Day Health Care of Mad River where she was also an active Board Member for many years.
Jean always kept a beautiful home that was open to friends and family to come and visit or stay whenever they wanted. She enjoyed hosting parties, recognizing birthdays, special life events and especially celebrating the holidays.
Jean always made other people feel special. She stayed in close touch with all her grandchildren and great grandchildren with visits, phone calls, letters and cards letting each of them know they were important to her and that she loved them. She stayed in touch with other relatives and friends in much the same way.
Jean often spoke of how wonderful it will be to see Lee and be with him again when her time comes. Her family is comforted and happy knowing this match made in Heaven is together again.
The family would like to recognize and thank the wonderful service and support we received from Hospice of Humboldt. In lieu of flowers, the Hawkins family would be honored if donations could be offered in Jean's memory to Hospice of Humboldt at www.hospiceofhumboldt.org or (707) 445–5042, and Adult Day Health Care of Mad River at www.adhcmadriver.org or (707) 822-4866.
Her love, smile and positive approach to life will be missed but forever etched in our memories. Jean will be remembered on Monday, May 24th, with a viewing from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon in the Chapel at Sanders Funeral Home, 1835 E Street, Eureka CA., followed by a graveside service at 12:30 PM at Ocean View Cemetery, 3975 Broadway, Eureka, CA 95503. All who wish to attend are welcome.
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