November 30, 1940 - March 11, 2023
Service Date: March 17, 2023
Location Black Hills National Cemetery
Graveside services will be held on Friday, March 17, 2023 at 11:30 a.m., at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Marian Hawkinson will always be remembered by her lipstick and her leopard print. She was very talented at judging a quick horse and loved to speed in her red convertible, which wasn’t without the consequence of a station wagon with wood exterior. She was extremely talented in art and music with her favorite song being “As Time Goes By” from the movie, Casablanca . At the end of her life, she was blessed to be taken care of by a very special red head in a fox fur coat and many other wonderful caregivers, who are all greatly appreciated.
She was born in Burlington, IA, on November 30, 1940, to William “Buck” and Esther Wilson. Her siblings were Gladys Bigger (Jim) (both deceased), Bob Wilson (deceased) (Irma), and Frank Wilson (Janice) (both deceased).
Her mother Esther died in 1942, and her father, “Buck”, married Esther Lind in 1943. The family moved to a farm on the outskirts of Stronghurst, IL. Her first years in school were at a one-room schoolhouse, and she later graduated from high school in Stronghurst IL.
In 1958, Marian entered Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, and graduated with a BME degree. While attending Augustana, she married Vernon C. Johnson (deceased) and to that union were born two children, Ronald Anthony “Tony” Johnson (deceased) (Sherri), and Kristine M. Gullikson (Stephen).
Marian worked as an insurance agent at several Quad City area agencies and in addition to that, had her real estate license, sold pianos locally, and taught piano lessons in the privacy of her home. She also worked at Moline High School in Moline, IL as an aid and for the Rapid City School System in Rapid City, SD for a time.
Marian met Jay Hawkinson of Coal Valley, IL and they were married on May 20th of 1983. Jay brought his two boys, Jay II and Justin, to be a part of the new family.
In 2010, Marian retired from United Insurance Counselors in Bettendorf, IA. Afterwards, she and Jay moved to Rapid City, SD to live near their daughter, Kristine, and her family.
Marian was preceded in death by her husband, Jay M. Hawkinson, on 12/16/22 and by her son, Ronald Anthony “Tony” Johnson, on 11/19/11 (Sherri), Moline, IL. Her remaining children consist of Kristine M. Gullikson (Stephen) of Rapid City, SD, Jay M. Hawkinson II of Longmont, CO, Justin Hawkinson (Adriana) of Albuquerque, NM, and Rose Kutscher (adopted daughter) of Rio Rancho, NM. Her grandchildren include Christopher Johnson of Moline, IL, Alyssa Halsey (Alex) of Moline, IL, Kaeley Wiemerskirch of Albuquerque, NM, Sif Gullikson of Rapid City, SD, Jay Mead Hawkinson and Hannah Hawkinson of Albuquerque, NM.