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“E.B., we have fond memories of your mother and all her years at WILM. Please let us know ifwe could make a gift in her honor to a communityservice...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Roy and Jan Sullivan - Wilmington, DE

“Dear Sandy, Bill and Aiden....thinking of you... ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: Monika Petrucci - Wilmington, DE

“To the Family and Friends of Sally;Artisans' Bank sends our condolences to you and your family. May all the memories you shared uplift you at this...Read More »
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4 of 10 | Posted by: Jane Kelly - Claymont, DE

“Dear Sally class act always rest in peace.Jane Kelly ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Jane Kelly - Claymont, DE

“John,Please accept my sincerest sympathy on the loss of your mother. She was a special lady who I enjoyed knowing both through the Station and...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Andy Lubin - WILMINGTON, DE

“To all of Sally's children and step-children,As a child and a tween, living several blocks away (and babysitting for the Sanger kids next door), I...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Alicia Smith - Wilmington, DE

“I have many fond memories of working with Sally. She was dedicated to economic development projects for her beloved City of Wilmington and State of...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Pat Forester - Newark, DE

“RIP Sally. ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Marilyn Cale - Miami, FL

“On behalf of the Winchester family, I send our sincere condolences to the Russell/Hawkins families for the loss of their wonderful Sally. She and my...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Paula Winchester - Family Friend


Sally Vandecar Hawkins passed away on May 17, 2017 surrounded by her family.

She was born in Grand Rapids Michigan in 1922 and began working at an early age for her grandparent's automotive business: "W.D.Vandecar", the inventor of the "automatic clutch".

She became one of America's first flight attendants, working for Pennsylvania Central Airlines beginning just before her 18th birthday in 1940. She was married to Captain William W. Russell III on January 17, 1942. They had three children, Sydney Vandecar Russell, William W. Russell IV, and John Timothy Russell. They lived in Montchanin and then New Castle, Delaware.

In 1952, she married Ewing B. Hawkins, and her fourth child, Ewing B. Hawkins Jr., was born in 1954, and the family lived until 1991 at 1003 N. Broom Street. Ewing B. Hawkins Sr. had four children from a previous marriage, Margaret, John, Katherine, and Heidi, who joined the ranks so the house was always full of laughter and song.

She replaced Ewing B. Hawkins Sr. in 1972 as CEO and General Manager of WILM Radio and spent many years working until the station was sold in 2004. She was the first female member of the University and Whist Club, a fact that was celebrated on March 8, 2017 at the Club.

She became a resident of Stonegates in Greenville in February 2008, and spent nine very happy years there, participating in musicals, the chorus, and many other activities. Sally is survived by all of her children, grandchildren (12) and great-grandchildren (14).

A Service will be held at Christ Church, 505 E. Buck Road, Greenville, DE 19807 at 12:00 P.M. on Thursday May 25, 2017. Interment will be private.

Upcoming Funeral Services

Thursday, May 25
12:00 PM    3462491 3560240 20170525T120000

Christ Church Christiana Hundred

505 East Buck Road Greenville, DE 19807