Joy Ann (Timms) Hawks

Joy Ann (Timms) Hawks, 82, passed away on April 27, 2012, at her home in Cortez. She died peacefully in her sleep. 

Joy was born in Wichita, Kan. on Oct. 21, 1929, to Aileen (Bridenstine) Timms and Charles Timms. She graduated from East High School in Wichita in 1947, and was employed as a telephone operator after she finished school.  

As she was raised an only child, her one wish when she accepted her husband-to-be’s marriage proposal was that they have a large family. She was married to Roscoe Hawks on March 21, 1952, when they eloped a month and a half after their first date. Joy loved to dress up and go dancing to big band orchestras with Roscoe. After the birth of their first child in 1953, they moved from Wichita to San Diego, Calif. While in California, three more children were born. In 1957, the family moved back to Wichita, where she had two more children, and at that time considered her wish for a big family fulfilled. 

Joy stayed at home with the kids, and was a creative homemaker. She enjoyed repainting a room, sewing new outfits, or refinishing furniture. Joy also spent many hours as a dedicated league bowler at the Fireside Lanes in Wichita. She maintained her elfin figure, even occasionally modeling fashions in local television commercials. She was a skilled cook in the “Betty Crocker” style of cuisine, and was a master chef in the use of Spam and Campbell’s Soup. Her teriyaki pot roast could not be surpassed.

In 1977, the family moved to Hermosa, north of Durango, where they built a house on five acres. In the 1980s and beyond, Joy answered the phone and stuffed envelopes for the family’s business, Hermosa Cablevision. She was a proud hostess, and enjoyed holding dinner parties for large groups of Japanese exchange students and other visitors.

Joy’s hobbies also included collecting Blue Willow dishware, solving crossword puzzles and playing Scrabble, even attending a regional Scrabble tournament in Aspen. She loved music, and sang with the choir at the First Presbyterian Church and with the Sweet Adelines in Durango for many years. She was very proud of performing Handel’s Messiah and the Christmas Cantata as a choir member. Joy was very fond of dogs and cats, and took in many strays over the years. This fondness did not extend to birds, however, or a monkey named Georgie who was part of the Hawks family for a short time.

During her time in the Animas Valley north of Durango, Joy volunteered at Mercy Hospital for many years, first as head of the Candy Stripers program and then as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, later serving as President of that organization. She also volunteered weekly at the Methodist Thrift Store in Durango for 13 years. Joy loved the time she spent contributing to her community. In 2005, she and her husband relocated to Cortez, where she volunteered at the For Pets’ Sake thrift store until it closed. She lived in Cortez until the time of her passing.

Joy is survived by her husband, Roscoe Hawks; six children, Randall Hawks (Marie) of Durango, Steve Hawks of Seattle, Wash., Tim Hawks (Fran), Doug Hawks (Janet) and Kimberly Domino Hawks, all of Cortez, and Pam Unrau (Bill) of Boulder, Colo.; and by her grandchildren, Skyler Wickersham of Seattle and Rudy Unrau of Durango. She is also survived by her half-brother, Carl Timms (Shirley) of Jamul, Calif., half-sister, Charlene Gardner (Ed) of Riverside, Calif.; by her favorite cousin, Nannette Center of Dallas, Texas; and by numerous other relatives in Canada and the U.S. She also leaves behind her beloved dog, Lori, a Hurricane Katrina rescue.

Joy’s sense of style never waned, and to the last, she enjoyed shopping and dressing to the nines. She never went without lipstick, or failed to finish her outfits with a carefully-selected scarf or accessory. Joy is remembered as a classy lady. She told her daughters that a woman who would tell you her age would tell you anything, and the running joke was that each and every year, the birthday being celebrated was her 39th. Her favorite film was “The Sound of Music” and she could often be heard singing the tunes from it, or laughing at one of her other favorite scenes from her extensive collection that also included numerous classic films and karate movies. Joy loved family gatherings and Christmas time — a person couldn’t over-decorate their home or own too many holiday sweaters, as far as she was concerned.

There will be a celebration of Joy’s life at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2, on the back patio at her family home in Cortez, at 609 Apple Drive.

Joy was beautiful, laughed easily, and had the family she always wanted. She lived a long, full life and was loved. In lieu of cards or flowers, Joy would want you to remember her as you visit or donate to your own local thrift store.