Friday, March 30, 2012

Helen L. Hawkey (March 18, 2012)

Helen L. Hawkey, 99, a long-time Greenville and New Madison resident, died peacefully on March 18 at Emeritus Assisted Living in Rancho Mirage, California where she had resided since 2009.

A long-time educator, she was began her career at Palestine School, and later taught music at New Madison and Butler Schools. At the age of 58, she received a master’s degree in education from the University of Dayton, and started a second career as guidance counselor at Tri Village. In 1983, she retired after more than 40 years. She took great delight in seeing and visiting the hundreds of former students whose lives she touched as a teacher and counselor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lowell Hawkey, former Darke County Commissioner.

She was a member of the Greenville E.U.M. Church.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Ken Haraughty, of Palm Desert, California.