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Evelyn Elizabeth Hawkes, 95: A woman of faith

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Evelyn Elizabeth Hawkes, 95: A woman of faith

PORTLAND — Evelyn Elizabeth Hawkes, 95, of Portland, died Nov. 15 at St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation and Residence with her family by her side. She was born March 3, 1917 in Freeport, a daughter of Joseph and Mary (Chaisson) DeRoche. She attended local schools.

Hawkes married Virgil Clifford Hawkes at St. Joseph’s Rectory on Jan. 22, 1939. 

She was a daily congregant of St. Patrick’s Church. She was also a member of the Mothers’ Club there.

Her family was always the center of her life. She greatly enjoyed her time spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

After raising her children, she worked at the Eunice Frye Home. She loved visiting with the residents as she performed her duties.

At St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation and Residence, she faithfully attended Mass and recitation of the rosary. She also enjoyed playing Bingo.

She was predeceased by her husband of 22 years on Jan. 13, 1961; her parents; five sisters, Yvonne Rivers, Rose Cook, Irene Smith, Corrine Smith, and Gertrude Huntley; a brother, Raymond DeRoche; a son-in-law Ramon Kelly Farrin; grandson, Stephen J. Hawkes; and a great-grandson, Ethan Cover.

She is survived by three daughters, Jean Morin and her husband, Roland, of Cape Elizabeth, Pauline Hontz and her husband, Donald, of Portland, and Janice Farrin, of Gray; four sons, Donald Hawkes and his wife, Barbara, of South Portland, Ronald Hawkes and his wife, Katherine, of Casco, John Hawkes and his wife, Florence, and Bruce Hawkes and his wife, Nancy, all of South Portland; a sister, Doris Stickney, of Brunswick; a brother, Henry DeRoche, of Florida and Massachusetts; seventeen grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.    

There was a funeral Nov. 19 at St. Patrick’s Church in Portland. Interment followed in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.