Leola Hawkins

Apr 24, 1936 - Feb 12, 2021


Leola “Lee” Hawkins, 84, of North Highlands, passed away February 12, 2021, with her family by her side. 

She was born to the late Garfield Hunter and Lillie Crawford on April 24, 1936 in Columbus, Mississippi. Lee graduated from Lincoln High School and  Universal Business College. 

She married  the late John Hawkins June 5, 1957.  During their time in the military they lived in various places and in 1971 settled in North Highlands, CA.  Lee is survived by her daughters Cheryl Hawkins and Cynthia Hawkins Ramos (Mike), grandchildren Brandi Davis, Paris Kidd (Kinyata), Whitney Hawkins and Michael Ramos, great grandchildren Aijha, Aaron, Jordyn and Jordyn.  She also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and extended family.

Lee was a loving and caring person, friend to everyone. She was very proud of her family and leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories. She taught Sunday school, she was a seamstress, making clothes for her daughters, grandchildren and friends.  She was a caregiver and babysitter to all her grandkids, great grandkids and extended family members, all who called her “Ganny”.

A private burial will be held on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:00 am at East Lawn Sierra Hills Funeral Home 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento, CA 95841. 


  • Calvin R Cannon says:

    I’m sorry to hear of your precious lost. Please know that the Cannons are hear for your family.


  • Nellie Lymos says:

    My heart is heavy. I will always remember how loving, funny, kind, and beautiful Mrs Hawkins was too me. I am thankful to God for hin placing her in my life she would always give me motherly advice. I am praying for you guys Cindy, Cheryl and the rest of the family. I pray that the Lord wrap his loving arms around you and gives you strength through this difficult time.

    Love Always
    Nellie & William Lymos

  • Delma Newton says:

    What a caring and beautiful woman it was a privilege to have know her. There’s another Angel in heaven. I am sad and I pray that her family my friends Cheryl & Cynthia) find peace. Love to all.

  • Alia Harris says:

    I will miss my Aunt Lee. Though I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with her, I knew the love she had for our family! She is resting in heaven with my grand mother Willie Lou, and they will be looking down smiling on us. I pray for love, peace, and sustained faith during this tough time of mourning for our entire family!

  • Christina Fair says:

    Praying for your family. I will always hold on to the great laughs and memories made at Mrs. Hawkins house. She was always so welcoming and sweet. Lots of love for her and the entire family.

  • Your favorite granddaughter, Brandi says:

    You didn’t have to go to heaven to get your wings, you were always my angel on Earth. There are so many memories we have shared like our shopping trips, and our late-night field trips to the casino, and when we found out I was moving to Maryland you told me to get in the kitchen so you could teach me how to cook so I could find a husband out there. You were my confidant, my friend, and of course our Ganny. The memories of you and Grandpa will always live on. I love you both. Until we meet again.

  • Anita Hicks says:

    To all of my family, I love y’all and I’m praying for each of you. To my aunt Lee, even though I’m heart broken inside and will miss you dearly, I cherish the time that God gave us together. And although that time was mostly long distance our talks made it seem like such a short distance, even when we talked about “you know who”. May God give us all the strength we need, however much is needed. Aunt Lee was so loved because that’s what she gave.

  • Carolyn Eanes says:

    My heart is saddened and heavy. Although I didn’t get a chance to spend a lot of time with my Aunt Lee I loved her just the same. I knew the love she had for all her extended family and it showed! Now the Lord has completed his last call. She’s up there with all of her siblings watching over us and smiling. Lots of love and prayers for the entire family.

  • Michael Ramos says:

    To my mother in law Lee.
    I say thank you once again for providing me with your loving daughter. Not a day will go by that we will not honor your memory as we continue to navigate this world. All that we are is a result of your love for your family both near and far. Anyone who has ever met and spent any time with you has walked away a better person because of your unconditional love and kindness. You will be missed eternally but you have shown us how to live our lives. Til we meet again continue to bless us with your spirit. Love Mike.

  • Genetta Cannon says:

    Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can not heal . I am so sad for the transition of your Mother. Cheryl, Cynthia, and the entire Hawkins family, I know that U are grieving now and it seems like U can’t get through the days ahead, just know that” God Got U”. Even in death He has your heart before Him. Bless His Holy Name for “ Joy” comes in the morning.
    You guys have a life time of memories that will sustained U all in the days ahead.
    When I think of your Mom, I can see her when she would enter the sanctuary of New Testament BC. Her quiet spirit was coming to worship and Praise her God.
    Know that your extended family is right here by your side.
    Love Genetta Cannon and Family

  • Kinyata Kidd says:

    Oh sweet Ganny. I’m so fortunate I had the chance to have 10 years with you. Such a wise soul. Love you Ganny.

  • Kim Hunter says:

    Praying for our Family!! Sleep in Peace Aunt Lee I will Always Love you💕💕💕

  • Chiquetta Hunter says:

    The last of the Hunters. You all are now together looking down on us the generation that is making the family name carry on. I Love you and will miss you.

  • Barbara McDaniel says:

    God, has called another angel home to rest, because her work here on earth is finished. My heart is deeply saddened by the lost of one of my beautiful friend Lee Hawkins. I‘ve friend with Lee for over 50 year’s. I meet the Hawkins family at Edwards AFB, California. Lee was like a big sister to Mac and I. The love Lee and John had for their children (Cheryl and Cynthia) was the greatest love that any parent could give their children’s. May the memories hold deep in your heart comfort you. Because death leaves a heartache that no one can heal… love leaves memory’s no one can steal. May God love and grace are with you in this difficult time


  • Linda Hawkins says:

    So sorry for your lose. We’re praying for confront and peace.

    With love from the family of your uncle, Owen Hawkins.

  • Philomena BoydPruitt says:

    My Sincere Condolences to your Family. Peace Be With You and Your Family a this most sorrowful time.🙏🏽❤️
    The Boyd Family

  • Regina Lawson says:

    Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers 🙏🏿🙏🏿. I am so sorry for your loss. May God lift your spirits at this time and please let me know if I can help in any way.

  • Jackie Henderson says:

    Cheryl and Cindy, I am sending my love to both of you. Your mom was such a kind and gentle woman. I am truly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Love you both.

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