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Beverly Dawn Hawkins

Hawkins, Beverly Dawn (nee Wendorf) Age 69, a resident of Naperville, IL, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Season's Hospice in Naperville, IL after a short, private battle with cancer. She was born July 31, 1944 in Wausau, Wisconsin, daughter of the late Wesley and Gertrude (Brookhyser) Wendorf. Beverly grew up in Rothschild, Wisconsin and was a 1962 graduate of DC Everest High School. She went on to pursue her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She married Donald K. Hawkins on July 25, 1964. She was employed at Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park for 19 years and was a resident of Naperville since 1978. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, family, friends, traveling, gardening, and was a member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church for over 30 years. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1989, Bev was an advocate of MS research. Her strength, courage and determination were an inspiration to all whose lives she touched and her smile and spirit will be missed by many. She especially enjoyed the bond she shared with her fellow MS therapeutic swim class at the Edward Health and Fitness Center. Beverly is survived by her loving daughter, Kelly (Carlos) Dean of Batavia, IL and her cherished grandchildren, Nicholas and Natalie Dean. They were the light of her life. She is also survived by her cousin, Sally Murwin; her goddaughter, Molly Murwin both of Minocqua, WI; brother-in-law, Daniel (Marilyn) Hawkins and sister-in-law, Dianne Hawkins; nephew, Matthew (Kimberly) Hawkins, all of Wellington, Colorado; and numerous cousins. She is also survived by her dedicated caregiver, Leo Realiza, who helped give her the independence she so desired to get the most out of life. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Donald; and her mother, Gertrude in 2008. For those who would like to leave a lasting tribute to Beverly's life, memorials may be made in her name to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater IL Chapter, 525 West Monroe, Suite 900, Chicago, Illinois 60661. A Celebration of Beverly's life will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 6:00 p.m. at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1313 North Mill St, Naperville. The Rev. David Miller will officiate. A private family interment will be at Naperville Cemetery in the Spring. Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services 44 South Mill St, Naperville, IL 60540 (630)355 0213 www.friedrichjones.com
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Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home
44 South Mill Street Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 355-0213

Published in Naperville Sun on Dec. 18, 2013
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