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Obituary: HAWKER, ANNA


Anna Pauline Wrathall Hawker1924 - 2013Anna Pauline Wrathall Hawker passed away June 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was born November 19, 1924 in Grantsville, UT to Paul Edward Wrathall and Anna Carolina (Carrie) Peterson Wrathall.Pauline had a magical childhood. She expressed a love for horses and the outdoors and her father encouraged her to work with him on the family farm/ranch. While other girls of her age were typically assigned tasks in the home, it would be much more likely to find Pauline on a horse, on a cattle drive, training animals, or running errands for her father. She also discovered a fondness and a talent for music. At an early age, she began to sing in the various musicals and socials commissioned at the grand Grantsville Opera House and elsewhere.Pauline attended the University of Utah during the WWII era. She joined the Delta Gamma Sorority and dove into her studies and a number of extracurricular activities. She played on the U of U women's basketball team, performed with a number of singing groups, was involved in student government, and became the undisputed school Ping-Pong champion. Pauline was admitted into the Beehive Honor Society, an honor reserved for one U of U student in 1,000. She was one of only nine Beehive recipients in 1947.Following the war and her graduation, Pauline began to work as a schoolteacher. Eventually, she became reacquainted with Don Gaylen Hawker. Don was also from Grantsville, the same high school graduating class, and had recently returned from naval duty in the Pacific Theater. On May 28, 1948, Don and Pauline were married in the Salt Lake Temple. As the years passed, they worked together to build a loving, happy, and eternal marriage.Pauline set herself to the task of making a home and raising their five children. Pauline encouraged her children to develop their talents and abilities and Don and Pauline provided them with extensive opportunities to do so. She was an amazing and encouraging mother. When grandchildren came along, Pauline provided the same care and devotion to each of them. As the grandchildren grew older, she became a wonderful friend, counselor, and cheerleader.Throughout her life, Pauline was happy to share her beautiful singing talent. Perhaps the greatest honor for her singing career was to perform at a number of funerals in Tooele and Salt Lake counties.When her children were all in school, Pauline returned to the classroom. In the late 60s, she began to teach at Bonneville Junior High. Her two-decade teaching career was a great source of fulfillment and accomplishment. Pauline also loved projects and enjoyed developing her own talents and abilities. Whether it was drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, gardening, reading, service, sports, or cooking - she was always actively engaged and was marvelous at what she did.Pauline was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She particularly enjoyed serving as a gospel doctrine teacher for many years.Pauline is survived by her children; Gregory R. Hawker, Sherrie Hawker (Gary) Renlund, Jeffrey J. (Rose) Hawker, and Timothy L. (Suzanne) Hawker; 16 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and her sister, Sarah Adele Knowlton. Pauline is preceded in death by her dear husband and companion, Don Gaylen Hawker, her daughter Paula Jeanne Hawker, her parents, and her siblings, James Wrathall and Irene Millward.Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the Cottonwood 7th Ward, 5565 South Neighbor Lane (1600 East). Friends may call at the church from 10:30 11:30 am, prior to the funeral services. Interment will be at the Grantsville City Cemetery at approximately 2:30 p.m. Many thanks to the devoted care of kind individuals from Danville, Silverado, and the Salt Lake Veterans Nursing Home.