Betsy Bishop Hankins
CHATHAM — Betsy Bishop Hankins of Chatham, Virginia went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, September 23, 2009. She died at home after a brief illness surrounded by her children. Born on October 13, 1934 in Danville, Virginia, Betsy was the daughter of the late Roy and Ruby Bishop. She was a 1952 graduate of George Washington High School.
Betsy had a quiet and gracious spirit, always seeing life from a positive perspective in spite of being beset with rheumatoid arthritis and most recently pancreatic cancer. She was an inspiration to others as she battled for decades a debilitating illness with the same quiet grace that she lived her life. Betsy was a devoted mother and wife. She loved her four children and was always supportive and proud of them in all circumstances. Her greatest love was her husband Willard Lee Hankins who predeceased her on February 8, 2009. They were married for 54 years. She loved music and singing. She was especially happy at holidays when her children and grandchildren would gather and play and sing music. She was a member of the Chatham Baptist Church, where she loved singing in the choir.
She is survived by, a son Steven L. Hankins and his wife Jacqueline Hankins of West Chester, Ohio; three daughters Beth Anderson and her husband Phillip Anderson of Roanoke, Virginia, Laura Adcock of Chatham, Virginia, and Betsy Lynne Maynard and her husband Jeff Maynard of Wake Forest, North Carolina; five grandchildren Benjamin Anderson of Arlington, Virginia, Jordan Anderson of Auburn, Alabama, William Anderson of Knoxville, Tennessee, Katharine Hankins and Nathan Hankins of West Chester, Ohio, two step grandchildren Forest and Rachel Maynard of Wake Forest, North Carolina; an aunt Edith Haar of Danville, Virginia; cousins JoAnn Patterson of Summerville, South Carolina, Debbie Yancey of Danville, Virginia, Ronnie Duffy of Durham, North Carolina, Dennis Duffy of Durham, North Carolina, Tommy Haar of Danville, Virginia; brothers and sister-in-laws Harold and June Hankins of Blacksburg, Virginia, Stanley and Peggy Hankins of Greensboro, North Carolina, Ryland and Jane Hankins of Chatham, Virginia, Robert and Ruth Hankins of Chatham, Virginia, Cecil and Guy Montgomery of Tacoma, Washington, Hilda and Landon Christian of Roanoke, Virginia, Ruth Hankins of Forney, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews; a special lifelong friend Eleanor Haskins of Chatham, Virginia; and two special caregivers Betty Younger of Chatham, Virginia and Tammy White of Altavista, Virginia.
The family will receive friends at Scott Funeral Home Chatham, Virginia on Friday evening September 25, 2009 between 7:00 and 8:30 p.m.
A Memorial Service to honor her life will be held at Chatham Baptist Church on Saturday morning September 26, 2009 at 11:00 am with the Reverend Charles Warnock III presiding, following a private burial.
The Family requests that contributions in her memory be made to the Virginia Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, 3805 Cutshaw Ave. Richmond, Virginia 23230.
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