ODESSA Sandra Kay “Dut” Hawkins, was born May 7, 1951, to Emery and
Barbara Nell Bloxom in Memphis, TX. She left this earth surrounded by
her loving family and friends on Nov. 20, 2004. She went to join her
family that awaited her in Heaven: her father and stepmother, Emery and
Edith Bloxom; her mother and father, Barbara and Eddie Keeton; her
brother, Donald Glenn Charbonneau; as well as her grandparents.
Sandy was referred to as “Dut” by all of our family and many of her
friends. She has been our Dut for the last 25 years because a niece was
unable to say Sandy. She loved her nieces and nephews as if they were
her own. They knew that they could always call Dut when they needed
anything from a ride or just to hang out and watch a movie. They will
always remember her as the “Cool Aunt.”
Our lives were forever changed in January of 2002, when she was
diagnosed with colon cancer. This devastating monster also consumed her
lungs. Dut fought the battle with everything that she had. She took the
opportunity to do things that she had always wanted to do. She got the
chance to live like she was dying, and what a journey that was.
Our family enjoyed many trips over the last few years with Dut. She was
able to go to all the places that she always wanted to see. She got to
got to several states in the northeast as she helped “drive Miss
Daisy” (B.B.), as well as Las Vegas with Marlin, the sandy hills with
Netter, in the boat on Lake Colorado City going as fast as we could with
Mae, and a dream trip to Hawaii so her and Hunny could set on the sandy
beach and watch the waves and the handsome guys. As you can tell Dut
enjoyed spending time with her family.
Dut spent many hours on the internet with the many friends that she met
on line. Even though she may never meet all of them face to face, they
gave her many hours of comfort on sleepless nights as she did for them.
Sandy worked at Stockade Grocery in West Odessa for 12 years. In 2000,
she took a leap of faith and went to work at Town & Country as an
assistant manager. She earned the honor of “Assistant Manager Of The
Year.” After becoming manager she was forced to retire because of her
Dut is survived by her step-mother, Theda Bloxom of Friona, TX.;
sisters, Betty Harkrider and husband, Ron, Jeanette Keeton, Chris Ray
and husband, Wesley, Ella Mae Hightower, all of Odessa, Nell Dean
Williams and husband, Willie, of Easton, MD., Frances Johnson of Bovina,
TX., Georgie Wells and husband, Gary, of Escondido, CA.; brothers, Tommy
Keeton of Odessa; Jack Charbonneau and wife, Lynn, of Richardson, TX,
Terry Hardy and wife, Jeanette, of Hereford, TX, Larry Johnson and wife,
Debbie, of Friona, TX., George David Charbonneau of Odessa; numerous
nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and very special friends will
miss her dearly.
We would like to thank the Cancer Center staff and doctors for all the
love and care you gave her. Thank you Dr. Dar for all the love,
compassion, and smiles that you gave to our sister while she was under
you care. Dr. Kaczor, you and Dr. Dar helped her get well enough to take
the dream trip to Hawaii and that was a very special gift to her and our
family, Thank You so much. Thank you Home Hospice and Julie for the love
and care you gave her. Also we want to thank all of the friends and
everyone for the love and support during this time.
Many hearts are filled with sadness at the loss of our sister, aunt,
cousin, and friend, but we can all hold close the memory of her smile
and spirit, as well as they knowledge that its all better now, and
Heaven there is no pain or sadness, and she is rejoined with all who
went before her.
There will be a visitation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 23,
2004, at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 24, 2004, at
Hubbard-Kelly Chapel with Home Hospice Chaplain Emmett Barnard
officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Services entrusted to Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.