Betty `Wish' Hankins, 81, longtime nurse, home baker

May 05, 2006

Betty "Wish" Hankins, a retired registered nurse and former Timonium resident, died in her sleep Sunday at her home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. She was 81.

She was born and raised Betty Wishard in Waynesboro, Pa., and was a 1944 graduate of the Union Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.

Mrs. Hankins joined the Army Nurse Corps and served for a year in Jackson, Miss., before returning to Baltimore and Union Memorial Hospital.

She spent most of her career as a private duty nurse before retiring in the late 1970s.

She enjoyed playing bridge, traveling, reading and entertaining family and friends.

"She was also a fabulous cook and baker and was known for her fabulous cakes and pies," said her daughter, Denise Hankins Strand of Huntington, N.Y.

Mrs. Hankins had been an active member of Loch Raven United Methodist Church.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Grover-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro, Pa.

Also surviving are a son, G. Blair Hankins of San Jose, Calif.; two brothers, Phillip Wishard and Donald Wishard, both of Waynesboro; a sister, Aneita Shockey of Waynesboro; and two grandchildren. Her marriage to George B. Hankins ended in divorce.

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