Obituary of Helen C. Hankey

Helen Hankey

Helen C. Hankey, 91 of Great Barrington died Friday April 10, 2020 at Lee Healthcare surrounded by her loving family. Helen was born in Lanesborough on July 6, 1928 daughter of Benjamin and Dora (Race) Keefner. A true local, Helen was wed, raised her children and spent her life in Great Barrington. Helen’s husband Jesse W. Hankey Sr. whom she married on September 22, 1946 predeceased her on August 22, 1993. Helen is survived by two sons, Jesse W. Hankey Jr. and his wife Eleanor of Great Barrington and Lawrence W. Hankey and his wife Linda of Great Barrington, one daughter, Juanita O’Rourke and her husband Kevin of East Otis, one brother, Thomas Keefner and his wife Pat of Great Barrington, her “little sister” Samia Betros, three grandchildren, Tom Hankey (Sheila) of Great Barrington, Mike Hankey (Brittany) of Lee and Shana Deveaux (Alex) of Barnstable, MA and two great grandchildren, T2 and Hailey Hankey. In addition to her husband Jesse W. Hankey Sr., Helen was predeceased by one son, Gary S. Hankey, six brothers, Joseph, David, Harold, Clifford, James and Donald Keefner and one sister, Eleanor Hamling. Helen’s greatest joy was when she was with her family.

It is with deepest regret that the funeral services for Helen C. Hankey were private out of concern for the health and safety of her friends and family due to the threat of Coronavirus. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in Helen’s memory may be made to Elder Services of Berkshire County in care of the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME 33 South St. Great Barrington MA 01230. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com. The family of Helen C. Hankey would like to thank the nurses, Dr.’s and staff at Lee Healthcare unit 1 for the compassionate care they provided for Helen.

7 Responses to Obituary of Helen C. Hankey

  1. Aunt Hellen ( Bunny)had such a great sense of humor. So many great memories. It’s heart wrenching to lose her. RIP Aunt Bunny, I will remember you always.

  2. Expressing our deepest sympathy to the families of Jess, Juanita and Larry on the loss of Helen. May your fond memories guide you through this difficult time.

  3. Our deepest sympathy to the families of Jess, Juanita and Larry on loss of Helen. May your fond memories guide you through this difficult time.

  4. This is so 💔. Never once did we meet that Helen wouldn’t tell me she loved me, and would always give a sincere warm hug. So many conversations we shared. My deepest condolences to everyone in her family. Rest in eternal peace dear Helen.🕊🌹

  5. My deepest sympathy. I loved Aunt Helen and will always remember how sweet she always was to me.

  6. I’m sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. Thinking of you.

  7. So sorry for your loss. Bunny will be loved forever

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