Claudia May Hawkins


Claudia May Hawkins was born on January 3, 1940, to Claude (Bushy) Beyers and Florence Anna (Harrell) Beyers in Bedford, Indiana. She married Vernon Dale Hawkins on September 7, 1968, in Brownstown, Indiana. He preceded her in death on August 6, 2007.

Claudia graduated from Heltonville High School in 1958 and Anderson College (now university) in Indiana in 1963, earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology. She put herself through college by working in the university’s cafeteria and maintenance departments, as well as in catering and retail sales.

During her career, she worked for the State of Indiana Offices of Welfare and Unemployment, YWCA, retail sales, catering, waitressing, factory work, North Lawrence Community Schools, and was the manager of a health food kiosk in the Bedford mall.

She is survived by one son, Brad Hawkins, Bedford, Indiana; one daughter, Debbie Hawkins, Africa; grandchildren, Isaac Hawkins (Sydney), Bedford, Indiana; Elizabeth Fowler (Josh), Mitchell, Indiana, Rebekah Hawkins, Bedford, Indiana, and Chloe Grissom (Alex), Bedford, Indiana; one great-grandson, Samuel Fowler; one brother, Fred, and his wife, Jan Beyers, Owosso, Michigan; one sister-in-law, Luella Potts, Bedford, Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.

Claudia is preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters, Maude Eva Hawkins (Robert) and Annabelle Chasteen (Earl); brother-in-law Arthur Potts; and sister-in-law Pansy Foremen (Wayne). Shadow, her faithful dog in life, preceded her in death. Now they will rest peacefully together with Claudia’s beloved husband, Vernon.

Claudia attended Valley Mission Church of the Nazarene. She was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE).

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.