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3000 E. Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47401
Phone: 812-333-4400
Fax: 812-333-4445
Elizabeth Mae Hancock

Elizabeth Mae Hancock

Thursday, October 14th, 1926 - Friday, February 21st, 2020
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Elizabeth Mae Hancock, 93, of Bloomington, passed away on Friday, February 21, 2020 at the IU Health Hospice House surrounded by her family and friends.
Elizabeth was born October 14, 1926 in Lawrence County and was the daughter of Floyd Speer and Lela (Allen) Elkins. Elizabeth retired from Indiana Bell where she was an operator and also worked in the kitchen at Marlin Elementary School, a job that she truly loved. Reading was her favorite pastime along with cooking for her family. Elizabeth also enjoyed being outside especially, gardening, working with her flowers and even mowing.
Elizabeth married Frank Kenneth “Kenny” Hancock on December 8, 1945 and they enjoyed 36 years of marriage before his passing in 1981. She is survived by her daughter Ann (Jerry) Fox; two sons, John (Jackie) Hancock and Gregory Hancock; two sisters, Millison “Sis” Younger of Bedford and Pat Swisher of Savanna, Illinois; 7 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
Preceding her in death were her husband Kenny; parents; step father, Riley Elkins; two sons, Frank K. “Butch” Hancock and Terry Hancock; brothers, Don Elkins, Ron Elkins, and Mendell Speer; sisters, Maxine Anderson and Peggy Gooldy; great grandson, Braydn Fox; and daughter-in-law, Linda Bauer Hancock.
A Celebration of Elizabeth’s life and an opportunity to tell your favorite story will be 7:00 pm Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard, 3000 E. Third St. Bloomington. Visitation will be from 5 pm until time of service on Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in Elizabeth’s memory to the IU Health Hospice House 2810 S. Deborah Drive Bloomington, IN 47403 or Bloomington Animal Shelter 3410 S. Walnut Street Bloomington, IN 47401.
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Ann Chafin

Posted at 07:18pm
I always loved Liz! My first memory is of the pretty girl with the vivacious smile behind the counter at the Anderson Brothers Grocery Store! It is no surprise that Kenny fell head-over-heels in love with her at the first glance! Later, Dick and I moved to the little house just up the hill from the grocery. Our children joined the little group of kids who played together on the hill—Chris, Debbie, Ann, the Harris and Hughes kids—all had great fun! Fun times and now they’re all grown up with families of their own. God bless the Hancock family as they mourn their mother’s passing. Be assured the love and good memories last!
Ann Chafin and family

Sarah Hancock

Posted at 08:45pm
Grandma Liz was my main babysitter growing up. We spent many hours baking brownies, playing Racko and Scrabble, watching sunrises over the ridge behind her house in her cozy old recliner while snuggled in her lap, walking down to the “old house” and playing Avon lady, and searching for mushrooms at the Jackson place. I fondly recall coming up with the idea of us walking to the Dolan store one day from her house. Most grandmas would laugh and say absolutely not but not this grandma. She got her stuff together and away we went. I still remember us both hoping my uncle Greg would pass us on the way back and be able to give us a ride back to the house. I will never be able to smell pancakes and bacon without thinking of the weekly Sunday breakfast she would make for my dad and I. Whenever I needed her she was there. Thank you for all the memories grandma. I will forever carry them with me.

Mike Gooldy

Posted at 12:32pm
Sending sincere condolences to my aunt Elizabeth's extended family. I have fond memories of my mother and I visiting the Hancocks and Andersons in Dolan growing up. I always enjoyed my interactions with Aunt Liz and loved her a great deal. I will mourn her passing.
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Frank (Tory) Hancock

Posted at 12:32pm
My grandmother was the smartest, toughest, most determined, and loving person I have ever known. She instilled her wonderful spirit in all of us. Going out and mowing the grass for her on weekends was something I looked forward to each week. The anticipation had nothing to do with the mowing and everything to do with spending time with her. She always made her perfect biscuits and gravy for me prior to mowing. After breakfast I had the easy part, mowing the big areas with the Wheel Horse. Grandma insisted on handling the push mowing and weed eating herself. She loved her land almost as much as she loved her family. After a few hours of mowing, we would walk the property and pick black raspberries and enjoy the wild life. We would talk about the land, the trees, the creek, and how the property was used before I was around. She loved and respected the land and nature as it was and instilled those values in all who visited. I was fascinated with the old barn and in particular the basketball court in the upper loft that my father, family, and friends played on. I was not allowed up there due to the danger but managed to sneak up a few times just to imagine playing a game with my friends and family. I have wonderful memories of mushroom hunting and collecting persimmons with my grandma. She loved to garden and work the soil with the fresh compost pile next to the barn. When I visited in the winter or bad weather days, we would spend hours playing rummy and scrabble and looking at pictures or places on the globe. Her love for school and learning was so inspiring and important, upon reflection, to me. I do not recall ever watching TV during a visit with her. To my knowledge, the TV was only there to watch the news and 60 Minutes. My grandmother came to my basketball games, graduations, birthdays, and visited me out in California. These things meant so much to me. She made me feel special and loved, always. She loved talking about her travels to the UK and Ireland with her sister. She bought my father a hat while abroad and curiously asked if he would like it. YES! It was a hat from St. Andrews in Scotland, the birthplace of golf! I later learned he loved that hat simply because she had given it to him rather than the fact that it was from the most historic golf course in the world. These last few years have been difficult due to the advancement of her illness. My last visit with her was special because, although she did not know who I was, we both knew the connection was not lost and we still loved each others company. Those of us who knew her best became smarter, tougher, more determined, and more loving just by listening and paying attention to her wonderful example. While I am saddened by her passing, I am comforted by her life and legacy that she leaves to us all. I love my grandmother for all she did for me and my family. She made us all better and certainly made this world a better place everyday she was here. Grateful Grandson, Tory Hancock
 

Sarah Hancock Posted at 08:32pm

Grandma Liz was my main babysitter growing up. We spent many hours baking brownies, playing Racko and Scrabble, watching sunrises over the ridge behind her house in her cozy old recliner while snuggled in her lap, walking down to the “old house” and playing Avon lady, and searching for mushrooms at the Jackson place. I fondly recall coming up with the idea of us walking to the Dolan store one day from her house. Most grandmas would laugh and say absolutely not but not this grandma. She got her stuff together and away we went. I still remember us both hoping my uncle Greg would pass us on the way back and be able to give us a ride back to the house. I will never be able to smell pancakes and bacon without thinking of the weekly Sunday breakfast she would make for my dad and I. Whenever I needed her she was there. Thank you for all the memories grandma. I will forever carry them with me.
 

Sarah Hancock Posted at 08:39pm

Tory this is a beautiful story. I share so many of these same memories. We were very lucky for the time we had with grandma and the memories we are left with.
 

Sarah Hancock Posted at 08:39pm

Tory this is a beautiful story. I share so many of these same memories. We were very lucky for the time we had with grandma and the memories we are left with.
 
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Ann Chafin Posted at 07:24pm

What a lovely tribute!
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