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Marie Ferrier Hawkins, age 95, of Jefferson City, died Friday, March 19, 2010, at Capital Region Medical Center.
Born Marie Ferrier in Osage County on May 12, 1914, Marie was the youngest of the seven children of Adam and Dora Ferrier. She was a firecraker from the start. Just 5 feet 2 inches tall on a good day, she played running guard on her state championshil basketball team at Linn High School, where she graduated in 1931 at age 16. Playing the role of "Miss Modern" in her senior class skit, she danced the Charleston on stage to the tune of "Five Foot Two", which became her signature song throughout her life. After graduation, she took off for the big city of Rolla, where she landed a job with Workmen's Compensation. She met and married James William Hawkins on September 10, 1932. Her husband's work with the Phillips Petroleum Company took them briefly to Depression-era Kansas. Marie lamented that she cleaned and dusted her home in the morning only to find everything covered with dust by evening. Marie and Jimmy had four children: Bobby, Suellen, Carolyn, and Cynthia. Marie and her family called Jefferson City home since 1940. She continued with her "modern way" by graduating from Capital Business College, and landing jobs at the Missouri House of Representatives and the Missouri Senate. Later, she worked for the Agricultural Stabilization Commission for over 20 years. Marie was blessed with a very close relationship with her sisters, Merle and Verna. In their 60's and 70's, the three sisters traveled the country, seeing sights and making scenes of their own. Later in life, Marie continued to travel the world with her son and daughters and their families, seeing Hawaii, Las Vegas, Mexico, Europe, and even the Great Wall of China when she was in her 90's. In death, Marie joins her mother and father, her brothers, Buel and Earl, her sisters, Verna Jones and Merle Turner, all formerly of Linn; and her husband, Jimmy. She is survived by a son, Bob Hawkins and his wife Betsy of Louisville, Ky. and Honolulu, Hawaii; daughter, Suellen Wigen of Seattle, Wash.; daughter, Carolyn Arnold and her husband Jim of Kansas City; daughter Cynthia Sullivan and her husband Pat of Jefferson City; grandchildren, Rob Hawkins, Courtney Carpenter, Kristin Gilmore, Jim Arnold, Jill Stoneman, Patrick Sullivan, Rebecca Curtit, and Brendan Sullivan; and 11 great-grandchildren. They will all miss her, but cherish her memory and continuing love. A memorial service celebrating Marie's life will be held at a later date. We shed tears that she is gone, but smile because she has lived. What she would most want for us is to laugh and love life, because that is the example she set for her family. Memorials may be sent to: St. John's Methodist Church, Linn, MO 65051; or Hospice Compassus, 600 Monroe St., Jefferson City, MO 65101.