Former Hermosa resident Joy Ann (Timms) Hawks died Friday, April 27, 2012, at her home in Cortez. She was 82.
Mrs. Hawks was born to Charles and Aileen (Bridenstine) Timms on Oct. 21, 1929, in Wichita, Kan. She graduated from East High School in Wichita in 1947 and worked as a telephone operator afterward.
On March 21, 1952, she eloped with Roscoe Hawks to Newton, Kan.
“Joy stayed at home with the kids and was a creative homemaker,” her family said. “She enjoyed repainting a room, sewing new outfits or refinishing furniture. She maintained her elfin figure, even occasionally modeling fashions in local television commercials. She was a skilled cook in the ‘Betty Crocker’ style of cuisine, and was a master chef in the use of Spam and Campbell’s soup. Her teriyaki pot roast could not be surpassed.”
The Hawks family lived in Wichita and San Diego before moving to Hermosa in 1977. Mrs. Hawks assisted with the family’s business, Hermosa Cablevision.
She sang with the Sweet Adelines and the choir at the First Presbyterian Church in Durango for many years. She volunteered at Mercy Hospital, first as head of the Candy Stripers and then as a member and later, president of the Ladies Auxiliary. She volunteered weekly at the Methodist Thrift Shop in Durango for 13 years.
An animal lover, Mrs. Hawks rescued numerous dogs and cats. She also enjoyed collecting Blue Willow dishes, solving crossword puzzles and playing Scrabble. She loved classic and karate movies, and her favorite was “The Sound of Music.”
In 2005, she and her husband moved to Cortez, where she volunteered at the For Pets’ Sake thrift store until it closed.
“Joy was beautiful, laughed easily and had the family she always wanted,” her family said. “Joy’s sense of style never waned, and to the last, she enjoyed shopping and dressing to the nines. Joy loved family gatherings and Christmas time – a person couldn’t overdecorate their home or own too many holiday sweaters as far as she was concerned.”
Mrs. Hawks is survived by her husband, Roscoe Hawks, of Cortez; children Randall Hawks of Durango, Tim Hawks, Doug Hawks and Kimberly Domino Hawks, all of Cortez, Pam Unrau of Boulder and Steve Hawks of Seattle; half-brother, Carl Timms of Jamul, Calif.; half-sister, Charlene Gardner of Riverside, Calif.; two grandchildren; and numerous extended family members.
A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, on the back patio at her family home in Cortez, 609 Apple Drive.
In lieu of cards or flowers, the family asks friends to remember her as they visit or donate to their local thrift store.