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Obituary: Johnny Rudene Hankins

Johnny Rudene Hankins has joined her husband John Hankins as of Feb. 5, 2021, at the age of 93.

Rudene leaves behind two sons, John Hankins Jr and Paul Hankins.

Rudene was blessed with four grandchildren; Denver Hankins, John Hankins, III, Landrei Hankins, and Sarann Hankins, and five great-grandchildren.

Rudene grew up in Izard county eloping at a young age to marry her childhood sweetheart John before he departed in the military.

She traveled across the United States working in secretarial pools while John served under General Patton in several historic battles.

It was in this manner that she was able to continue to know and support not only her husband but all the soldiers fighting in WWII.

Following WWII, Rudene and John soon welcomed their first son.

Working to support their little family, they traveled to Kansas City working with other family members in a munitions factory, making bombs.

Through tireless work and thrifty saving, they soon purchased their first property and with the help of Solon Merchant built their first home which became the family home for over 55 years.

Rudene became the first woman bus driver and drove a local bus route for over nine years.

With the arrival of her second son, she dedicated herself to the farm and family.

Happily married for over 68 years, Rudene helped in the care of her disabled husband and continued to run the farm long after his passing.

Rudene left this earth surrounded by those who loved and cared for her in the comfort of her home.

Her journey here has ended as she joins her husband for a new beginning. She is loved, cherished, and will be missed by her family.

To honor this family’s current and past military members, the family asks that in lieu of flowers a donation in the name of Johnny R. Hankins be made to the DAV.org to help support disabled military members receive transportation.

We send our sincerest appreciation to all veterans and thank you for your service and dedication.

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