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Mary Emma Hawks

June 9, 1931 - January 21, 2019


Mary Emma Hawks, age 87, of Newark, DE and formerly of Rising Sun, MD, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 21, 2019.

Born in Rising Sun, MD on June 9, 1931, she was a daughter of the late Clement D. and Mary Emma (Williams) Way. Mary loved children and worked at Newark Day Nursery and Children’s Center for 28 years, touching the lives of many children.

She enjoyed traveling, crocheting and bowling. Mary’s fondest memories were made visiting Cape May where she and her children spent many summers. She was a lifelong member of Zion UMC in North East, MD. Above all, Mary will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Byron T. Hawks, Sr.; brothers, Harold W. Way, Francis Way, Donald Way and Allen Way; sister, Martha Harrison; daughter-in-law, Joan M. Hawks; and a grandson, Jason M. Hawks. Mary is survived by her children, Byron T. Hawks, Jr., Timothy W. Hawks (Ellie), Becky Brown (Wayne) and Beth A. Pagan (Rafael); 9 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE. A second visitation will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Mary’s memory to the Newark Day Nursery and Children’s Center, 921 Barksdale Road, Newark, DE 19711 or Zion United Methodist Church, 94 Old Zion Road, North East, MD 21901.

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  • All, we are so sorry to hear this news. Our hearts and prayers are with all of you. Aunt Mary will always bring a smile to our faces. She is now at the family dinner in heaven!

  • My condolences to you all. I had the awesome pleasure of seeing Mrs. Hawks in 2018 after all the years since NDN. She was a great teacher. Not only for the little babies she loved, but, for me and the other young teachers under her umbrella. May the love she shared, memories of her great humor, and knowing all she effected bring joy to you all in this most difficult time.

  • So sorry to hear of Mrs. Hawks’ passing, my thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. I started my teaching career under the watchful eye of Mrs. Hawks. Much of what I learned from her
    I carried with me through my 38 years as an educator. However, I am most grateful for the love and care she gave to my son, Brian, while he was at NDN. He was one of hundreds of children who benefited from her loving, nurturing nature. I know that she lives on in the hearts of all who were lucky enough to have known her/

  • Our condolences to all the family. So sorry Ellie at the time we are away from 706 chrysler ave. we got the news from Rob in India, Bondini and I will never forget our afternoon tea in our lawn with mrs.Hawks and all the neighbors, All those fun times sharing jokes, watching fire works from our driveway.We will miss her very much. Our summer-fall afternoons will never be the same without her. God bless her and the family. LOHIT & BONDINI . Guwahati. Assam,INDIA

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you, Becky and Beth. I have such fond memories of your mom from my days at Newark Day Nursery. She was a wonderful caregiver to all those babies. And a great source of information for parents and fellow teachers. Peace to you in the coming days.

  • My sincere condolences to you and your family. I fell in love with your mom the first time I ever met her. I truly enjoyed working with your mom at and the NCC for all these years she always brought a smile to everyone’s face and warmed her heart Prayers and hugs

  • Hawks Family: So sorry to learn of Mary Emma’s passing. The friendship she and Byron shared with my parents and my family was long-lasting and genuine. Those kind of friendships (from high school to the age of 80+) are a wonderful reminder that we are never to busy to share visits, phone calls, cards, etc with those who mean the most to us! We will miss her, but are comforted with the thought that she was met in Heaven by my parents and she and Daddy caught up on their jokes, stories, and laughs!