VaLondia Louise (Hines) Hawkins passed from this life and went to be with her Heavenly Father on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the age of 89 years. She was born in Madill, OK August 7, 1923 to James Moses (Jim) and Chessie Bell (Bradberry) Hines. VaLondia grew up in Madill, OK and attended the Madill public schools, she was a drum majorette with the school band and a Homecoming Queen attendant. She attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, OK with a Bachelor of Science degree. VaLondia was named Sweetheart of Phi Sig Fraternity in 1947. She married her high school sweetheart and love of her life W.O. (Dub) Hawkins on Saturday, October 28, 1944 in Madill, OK and were married for 67 wonderful years. They were both accomplished roller skaters and loved to dance. They were members of formal dance clubs in OKC and square danced with the Elks Lodge Squares and Texoma Squares in Durant, OK. VaLondia and Dub were avid OU football fans. They attended all home games and the OU/Texas games for more than 60 years enjoying tailgating with her family. She was very talented and had a flair for crafting and decorating. VaLondia worked at numerous jobs/careers throughout her life. She worked for a construction company in Madill, OK, Douglas Aircraft in Midwest City, OK and was a manager of a women’s apparel shop in Hayward, California during World War II. VaLondia also worked in Mayor, Governor, and Senate campaigns in the 1950’s and 1960’s. She was a secretary for a lumber company and census taker in the Capital Hill area in OKC, OK. VaLondia also worked in the Oklahoma State Senate, Oklahoma Teachers Retirement, Oklahoma Health Department Charities and Corrections from 1969 thru 1974, at the State Capitol in Okla. City and the Bryan County Okla. Department of Health WIC program in Durant, OK. from 1974 until she retired in 1989.
VaLondia was a Sunday School and Bible School teacher, homeroom mother, assistant Brownie leader and volunteered for many school and civic organizations. She was baptized at the age of 12 at the Madill First Baptist Church and was also a member at the Rancho Village Baptist Church in Okla. City and the First Baptist Church in Durant, OK. VaLondia and Dub raised their family and lived in Oklahoma City for 25 years before moving to Durant in 1974. VaLondia is survived by her husband, W.O. “Dub” Hawkins of Durant, OK; daughters, Teresa Chill and husband Bruce, Denise Clary and husband Steve all of Okla. City, and Lisa Sherwood and husband Daniel of Durant, OK; grandchildren, Lacie Hill and husband Brian of Edmond, OK., Jeffrey Chill and wife Karlee, Brantan Chill and wife Lauren, Ryan Clary and Crystal Clary of OKC; Terran Sherwood and Chelsea Sherwood of Durant, OK; great-grandchildren, Channing, Maddox and Walker Hill of Edmond, OK, Griffin Chill and Avery Chill of OKC,. VaLondia was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Chessie Hines; brothers, Everett, Lavin, J.D. and Kenneth Hines; sisters, Sally Hines, Lucille Leach and VanNoy Gary; niece, Sheralyn Hines; nephews, Mike and Jim Leach; great-grandson, Logan Hawkins Chill .
Family Hour will be 7-8:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at the Holmes Coffey Murray Funeral Home in Durant, Okla. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 P.M. Friday, September 21, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Durant, Oklahoma with Rev. James Robinson officiating. Interment will follow at Woodbury Forest in Madill, Okla. Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons Ryan Clary, Jeffrey Chill, Brantan Chill, Terran Sherwood, nephews Joe Leland Gary, John Leach and Phil Hines.
Special thank you to the Bobby Wells family and Sunshine Hospice for taking care of our beloved wife and mother. Family and friends may send online condolences and view tributes at www.holmescoffeymurray.com.
Services are under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home, Durant, Oklahoma.