Carol Gillooly Hawkins, 88, of Davenport, passed away, Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.
Visitation will be held on Monday, January 30, 2023 from 4-6pm, at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home. A private family burial will be held at Davenport Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Assumption High School.
Carol was born on November 15, 1934 in Clinton, Iowa, the daughter of Paul and Lillian (Wieck) Gillooly. She graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in 1953. After graduation she worked at Northwestern Bell Telephone as an operator for 4 years. She married John Hawkins on June 9, 1956. She worked part time at Peterson Harned Von Maur after her husband came home from his job to take care of their twin daughters. In 1965 she went to work at National Tea Supermarket which later became Randalls and worked as a cashier and assistant bookkeeper for 22 years until it closed in 1987. In 1991, she went to work at MCI Telecommunications and retired in 1996. The family took many wonderful vacations together with the most memorable being a month-long trek to California and Back. After their daughters were grown, she and her husband traveled to many wonderful places in the United States, including Hawaii, Europe, The Holy Land, Mexico and Canada. They loved Arizona and built a beautiful winter home in Westbrook Village, Peoria, AZ. In 2000, she and her husband left Arizona so they could watch their grandsons in sports events and spend more time with her family. She enjoyed playing cards and dominos with friends and family. For a number of years she belonged to the Does Ladies of the Elks. When she was able to attend, she enjoyed the ICA Wednesday lunches with High School Friends. Carol had a contagious laugh and could always find humor in the most difficult situations. She will live forever in our hearts and will be greatly missed. She belonged to St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. Carol will forever be remembered by her loving husband, John; twin daughters, Patricia (Tom) Steinbrecher of Davenport, Susan (Stu) Grendahl of Madison, WI; grandchildren Brandon (Hilleri) Steinbrecher and Kyle Steinbrecher; great grandchildren Baileigh, Berkli and Brinley; sisters, Mary (Dale) Schroeder, Indiana and Karen (Jim) Gabbert, Cedar Rapids, IA; brother Dale (Mary) Gillooly, Tucson, AZ; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Senior Star, Davenport Lutheran Home, and Clarissa C. Cook, especially Tricia and Lisa, for all of the wonderful care, love and support.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jerry Gillooly.
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me.
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little – but not for long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared;
Miss me – but let me go.
For this is a journey we all must take
And each must go alone,
It’s all a part of the master plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart,
Go to the friends we know;
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me – but let me go.