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Hawk, Dora Mae

Hawk, Dora Mae

July 29, 1923 — October 27, 2019

Dora Mae Hawk, 96, of Raytown, Missouri, passed away Sunday, October 27, 2019 in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Visitation will be at 2:00pm, followed by funeral services at 3:00pm, on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Park Lawn Funeral Home in Kansas City, Missouri. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Dora Hawk was born in Paxton, South Dakota, to Everett and Verna Gattenby on July 29, 1923, and attended Southeast High School. Dora married James (“Jimmy”) Hawk on December 24, 1942, in Belton, Missouri. Dora and Jimmy loved to travel, eat out, play BINGO at the local VFW Hall and visit with family and friends regularly. Dora sought out life’s adventures but most enjoyed simple pleasures, like reading novels, fishing, gardening, playing cards and “moseying around” with friends, siblings, nieces and nephews. Dora possessed an extraordinary “green thumb” and made the most of her talent by growing hardy vegetables and beautiful flowers across decades. She received numerous Raytown Garden Club awards, especially for her delicate floral presentations. She was actively involved in a lively Bridge club, a mystery travel group, and the Four Seasons Senior Ministry. Throughout her adult life, Dora valued the simplicity of daily communication with family and friends, where she delighted in comparing news, sharing recipes, recapping highlights of her mystery tour adventures and providing sage words of advice. Throughout her life, whatever it was, Dora did it with a hint of mischief that all who knew her came to love and expect. She will be most remembered for this signature spunk.

Dora is preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Hawk; father, Everett Gattenby; mother, Verna Gattenby; brother, Ralph Gattenby (sister-in-law, Mary Gattenby; niece, Janet Gattenby; nephew, David Gattenby); (brother-in-law, Woodrow Anderson); brother, Keith Gattenby (niece Vallee Gattenby); (brother-in-law, Vern Swearengen and nephew, Bobby Swearengen) and (nephew, James “Andy” Dix).

Dora is survived by her sisters, Norma Jean Anderson (nephews and nieces, Woody Anderson, Melanie Anderson, Melissa Anderson, Mark Anderson and their families); JoAnn Swearengen (nieces Lois Milam and Marcella Powers and their families); Peggy Jurgensmeyer (brother-in-law, Roger Jurgensmeyer; nieces and nephews, Chris Kissee, Catherine Tesar, John Jurgensmeyer, Amie Martin and their families); and her brothers’ families (niece, Claudia Franklin and her family; nephews, Keith Gattenby, Jr. and Richard Gattenby and their families; and sister-in-law, Carol Gattenby).

Pallbearers will be: Woody Anderson, Mark Franklin, Keith Gattenby, Jr., Richard Gattenby, John Jurgensmeyer, Wes Martin and John Tesar.

Memorial gifts may be given in Dora’s name to the Kansas City Community Garden (http://www.kccg.org/donate) to honor her love of gardening and her charitable heart. The family of Dora Hawk wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Dora’s longtime friends, her primary physicians, surgeons and care teams, and staff & new friends at John Knox Village Care Center.

Service Information

Visitation will be at 2:00pm, followed by funeral services at 3:00pm, on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Park Lawn Funeral Home in Kansas City, Missouri. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

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