Loy Lorane Hawes, 95, of Zionsville, died on Sunday, July 22, 2012. She was a beloved family member and friend.
Loy was born on March 23, 1917, in Silverdale, Kan., to Earl and Pearl Thompson.
During her high school years, Loy’s family moved to Neosho, Mo. While attending a church social in Neosho, Loy met her future husband. Loy went on to marry the love of her life, the gentleman from the church social, Calvin Wesley Hawes. They were married for 61 years before Calvin’s passing.
In 1942, Loy and Calvin moved to Indiana with their two young daughters. Calvin had found work as a pipefitter at Rock Island Refinery in Zionsville.
A member of Zionsville United Methodist Church, Loy was superintendent of Sunday school programming for children and started the first children’s vacation bible school in town. Later, Loy and Calvin became members at Abundant Life Church in Indianapolis where they worshipped for many decades. Loy was superintendent of the nursery, ministered to the sick, and gave praise to God through her talents as a pianist and organist at Abundant Life. Salem United Methodist Church in Zionsville was Loy’s last beloved place of worship.
She was employed by Pitmann-Moore in Zionsville. Loy worked on the manufacturing of the polio vaccine. She enjoyed her job because of its medical significance to humanity.
Loy was an accomplished seamstress, cook, gardener and was a member of the Rebekah Lodge. She sewed clothes for her family and friends. She would can and preserve from the family garden. She enjoyed baking and decorating elaborate cakes, as well as making homemade candies. Most of all, Loy enjoyed cooking meals for family, friends, or those in need of comfort food during time of sickness.
Recently, Loy celebrated her 95th birthday with a gathering of family and friends. She reflected on this celebration as one of the most special days of her life next to becoming a mother and grandmother.