Elizabeth Williams

Return to Class of 1957

Elizabeth Williams10/24/2012
Elizabeth Ruth Betty (Williams) Hancock arrived in heaven on October 24, 2012 where she was welcomed by her parents, Harold and Ruth Williams, her son, Brian Hancock, her granddaughter, Claire Hancock and countless other family members and friends.

Betty was born on April 16, 1939, and was the youngest of three children. She was raised in Marion County where she attended Dallas Elementary School and subsequently Knoxville High School. She was very active in 4-H and played basketball.

She was united in marriage to Darrell Hancock in 1957 and they had five children: Denise McMenamin of Pella, Brian Hancock, deceased, Jeff Hancock of Warner Robbins, GA, Michelle (Don) Miller of Satanta, KS, and Michael (Kari) Hancock of Marshalltown. Betty has 19 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren and was expecting another great-grandchild in February.

Betty worked at several jobs throughout her career, but the most memorable was serving Fairview Christian Church and preparing the annual Easter and Thanksgiving meals. She also enjoyed working at the Knoxville Raceway where she served as a member of the parking and security staff.

Iowa State men’s basketball was a favorite during the winter months. Betty made cookies for the entire team for home games for the last eight years and was a familiar face to staff and players.

Betty had a giving spirit and never knew a stranger. She was known far and wide for her cooking and she enjoyed making sweet treats for others. She loved to attend events for the grandchildren and especially enjoyed her visits to her out-of-state children and grandchildren.

Those left behind to cherish her memory include her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother, Phillip Ardean (Janice) Williams of Mitchellville and sister, Joann (Clifford) Hoch of Dallas, IA, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name for the Fairview Christian Church.

Memorial Service
Bybee & Davis Funeral Home – Knoxville, Iowa
Saturday, October 27, 2012, at 11:00 a.m.

Rev. Dr. Richard A. King & Rev. Clinton Wallace, officiating
Musical SelectionsElizabeth Williams
“Why Me Lord” – Chris Christopherson
“Amazing Grace” – Claire Williams, vocalist
“Walk through the World with Me: – George Jones

Honorary Casket Bearers
Kyle McMenamin Drake McMenamin
James McMenamin Shawn McMenamin
Dakota McMenamin David McMenamin
Andrew McMenamin Josh Miller
Jon Miller Joe Miller
Cody Hancock Saxon Hancock
Arion Hancock Bart Hancock
Brad Hancock