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Roma Kathleen Halden Hankins

Published: Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
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Roma Kathleen Halden Hankins

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Roma Kathleen Halden Hankins joined her husband, Bob, in heaven Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, after exceptional care at Levine and Dickson Hospice House at Southminster of Charlotte.

Roma Kathleen was born Sept. 17, 1935, in the small Midwestern town of Moravia, Iowa. Parents, Lorene (Bradley) and Emil Halden raised Roma Kathleen and sister Patricia on their farm’s lush green pastures, where they enjoyed horseback riding, tending to kittens, harvesting vegetables, and picking fresh garden bouquets for the kitchen table. Roma received a great education while making time for basketball, music, church, and academic clubs. She always treasured memories made with family and friends.

When she became a legal secretary, her path turned toward Mount Pleasant, Iowa, where she met the love of her life, Bob L. Hankins. They married on a snowy evening, Dec. 27, 1958, at United Brethren Church in Moravia. After spending time in Kirksville, Mo., while Bob finished his business education degree, they moved to Sterling, where they made their home and took joy in raising four children, Lana (Fred) Tannenbaum, Steve (Susan) Hankins, Kevin (Sonia) Hankins, and Phil (Melissa) Hankins. They truly loved the time they spent with their friends and colleagues in the Sauk Valley area. Over time, Bob and Kathy were delighted with grandchildren, Luke, Reese, Caleigh, Brynn, and Ada. They eventually moved to Charlotte to be near family, as Bob’s siblings and families all relocated to the area as well. They were thankful to be blessed with so many caring people in their lives.

Roma was preceded in death by her devoted and loving husband, Bob; her parents, Lorene and Emil, her sister, Patricia; and her brother, George, in infancy.

Her family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, with the funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday, at McEwen Funeral Service, Mint Hill Chapel, 7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill, S.C., with the Rev. John Gerstenmier officiating. Interment will be at Bethany Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Monroe, N.C.

The family would like to thank Dr. Edward Bradford, Presbyterian Hospital, Carillon Assisted Living, and Levine and Dickson Hospice House for their compassionate, specialized care, as well as Nancy and Rose for their loving personal care given at such a crucial time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Levine and Dickson Hospice House at Southminster, Hospice and Palliative Care, Charlotte Region, 1420 E. Seventh St., Charlotte, NC 28204, www.donatehospice.org. 

Visit www.mcewenminthillchapel.com to send condolences.

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