Friday, January 15, 2016

Death of Aunt Betty Jo Hanners

I record here the passing of grandpa, Daniel "Dan" Autrey Hanners younger sister, Betty Jo Hanners.
I felt it needful after finding her obituary online and realizing what a sad source of misinformation it was, when it came to who her parents and siblings were. I do not know who wrote this obit., but they were sadly misinformed.

Here is the obituary as found in the East Coast newspaper:


Lovingly Remembered of Montgomery County. Passed away peacefully on June 4, 2015, Betty loved life and shared that zest for living with her family, friends and many clients. She found equanimity and joy working with her horses. During WWII Betty graduated from high school and was employed with the FBI. She received a masters degree from The George Washington University, Washington, DC. She created a successful business in the accounting field.
Betty was preceded in death by her father, Clayborn Hanners; mother, MaryAnn Autry; two brothers, Dan and Tom Hanners; sister, Pat Beckham and a great grandson, Cpl. James W. Higgins Jr. (USMC 1/1).
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Lee Ragazinsky; four grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, nine great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Betty was blessed with five generations of family to share her life with. Services will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015, 11 a.m. at Germantown Baptist Church, 17640 Riffle Road, Germantown, Maryland
Betty Jo Hanners father was Daniel Gladstone Hanners who went by the nickname Glad. Her mother was Mary Ann Autrey who went by Mary. Her father was not Clayborn, and her mothers first name was Mary not MaryAnn, nor was her maiden name spelled Autry, but Autrey! There were five children in the family who all predeceased Betty Jo. I do not know enough about her descendants, to know if any of that is inaccurate, but wanted to correct what information I knew to be wrong.

Glad and Mary Hanners children were:

1.Claybourne Gladstone Hanners b.Oct 27,1918 in Naylor, Ripley Co., Missouri d.Oct 16, 1924 in Doniphan, Ripley Co., Missouri of Diptheria, just a short time before his sixth birthday. He was the light of his mothers eyes, and grandpa could never make up for it.

2.Daniel "Dan" Autrey Hanners b.Jul 11, 1921 in Doniphan, Ripley Co., Missouri d.Jul 27, 2007 in Hood River, Oregon. Just after his 86th birthday. This was grandpa.

3.Betty Jo Hanners b.Jul 23, 1925 in Doniphan, Ripley Co., Missouri d.Jun 4, 2015 I assume in Maryland or Washington D.C. The obit doesn't say where she died, or where she is buried.

4.Thomas "Tom" Wright Hanners b.Aug 20, 1926 in Doniphan, Ripley Co., Missouri d.May 8, 1962
He died tragically on his farm in Ripley Co., Missouri, from a tractor rolling over on him.

5.Patricia "Pat" Louis Hanners b.Dec 17, 1927 Doniphan, Ripley Co., Missouri d.Jan 26, 2004 Socorro, Socorro Co., New Mexico
Grandpa's youngest sister was his favorite, and he was so angry he wouldn't speak to her husband Darl after her death, because Darl donated Pats body to science, instead of having her buried.

 Betty Jo Hanners senior picture from Doniphan High School, Ripley Co., Missouri.
Left to right: Her daughter, Mary Lee Watson-Ragazinsky and Betty Jo Hanners

Left to right: Betty J. Hanners, Dan A. Hanners, Pat L. Hanners-Beckham, and Maryann Scearce-Hanners, (our Grandma Hanners). This was taken on their trip in 1992 in Missouri.
Grandpa and Grandma did a lot of traveling together with grandpa's sisters in their later years and enjoyed trips to Canada, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Missouri, to name just a few. They often traveled with Pats husband Darl, and Darls brother, Thomas H. "TH" Beckham and sister in-law, Una Mae Beckham too.

Left to right: Pat Hanners-Beckham and Betty Jo Hanners. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

She resting next to her mother and father in Doniphan.