Barbara Ann Hawkins
May 5, 1935 – February 19, 2021
Barbara Ann Hawkins, 85, of Owings passed away February 19, 2021. She was born May 5, 1935 in Elmwood, NC to Ray Valder and Willie Pauline (Shell) Beaver. Barbara was raised in Hyattsville and graduated from Northwestern High School. She later attended Prince George’s Community College and received a certificate in early learning education. Barbara married Jerry Milton Hawkins on May 20, 1954 and they raised their family in Upper Marlboro, where they also served as foster parents to many infants for the State of Maryland. They moved to Owings in 1978 and Barbara opened Friends Learning Center out of her home, where she served as director and teacher to many preschool children. Barbara was an active member of Mt. Harmony United Methodist Church where she helped arrange flowers for services and was instrumental in bringing back Fellowship Hour after church services. She was also a former member of Mt. Oak United Methodist Church in Mitchellville where she ran the nursery for many years. Barbara enjoyed craft shows and making angel crafts for St. Mary’s of the Assumption School in Upper Marlboro. She also enjoyed flowers, especially roses and going to the North Beach Community Center.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Jerry in 2005 and sons Donald Jay and Paul Alvin Hawkins. She is survived by her daughters Kathryn A. Mitchell of Owings and Shelly Yvonne Collinson and her husband Thomas of Harwood, daughter in love Cecelia Kenney and her husband Frank of Myrtle Beach, SC, brother Ray Valder Beaver, Jr. of Mineral, VA, 5 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, two loving sisters in law, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The service for Barbara will be livestreamed on the Rausch Funeral Home Facebook page on Wednesday, February 24 starting at 10:55 AM and can be accessed by using the following link https://www.facebook.com/RauschFH/. The service will begin at 11:00 AM.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021