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Obituary- Jeanne Hawley

Jeanne (Aylward) Hawley, daughter of Leonard and Jessie (Bell) Aylward, was born September 19, 1937, in Vail, Iowa.
She grew up on a farm north of Vail and graduated from Vail High School in 1956.
On August 21, 1956, Jeanne was united in marriage with Richard “Ted” Hawley at the Vail Presbyterian Church.
After the wedding they lived in California until he was discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1958. While in California, their daughter, Kimberly Joy, was born.
They returned to the family farm north of Vail and farmed with Ted’s brother Bob. In 1958, they purchased a farm where they farmed for the next sixty years.
In 1958, the family was joined by son Richard Thomas (Tom) Hawley, then followed by sons Russell Todd in 1960 and Theodore Gene in 1963. Larry Horky came to work for Ted on the farm and soon became an adopted son.
The couple retired from active farming in 1998. They then leased the land, but remained on the farm.
Jeanne was a longtime and active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Vail, as well as the Order of the Eastern Star.
She volunteered with numerous community efforts such as swimming pool, community building, and would read to grade school children at Vail Elementary.
She was twice named Vail Citizen of the Year.
Jeanne cherished the time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
On Friday, June 30, 2023, Jeanne passed away, surrounded by her family at the Reed House in Denison, Iowa, at the age of 85 years, 9 months and 11 days.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ted Hawley, a grandson Eric Horky, a brother Paul Aylward; brothers-in-law Dean Morford, Bob Hawley and Kenny Kock, sisters-in-law Norma Hawley and Marie Hinz;
Jeanne is survived by her five children: Larry (Barb) Horky of Sioux City; Kim (Randy) Muhlbauer of Vail; Tom (Tami) Hawley of Mount Ayr; Russell (Lori) Hawley of Vail; Theodore (Joni) Hawley of Missouri Valley; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; a sister Joyce Kock of Vail; a brother-in-law Gordon Hinz of Arizona; sisters-in-law Gladys Morford of Rio Verde, Arizona, and Mary Aylward of Huron, South Dakota; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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