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Polly Hankins, 92, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at the Bishop Care Center. Polly was born in Los Angeles in 1919, the daughter of the late Frederick and Mabel Springer. They moved to the Owens Valley
in the mid 1920’s. Polly graduated from Bishop Union High School in 1937 and went to Nevada Secretarial School in Reno. She joined the WAACS at the beginning of World War II and served throughout the South Pacific. She entered the newly liberated Philippines with General MacArthur.
In 1946, she married Stanley Hankins. After the war, Polly returned to Bishop and her pre-war job at Bank of America where she worked for 44 years. After her tour of duty at Bank of America, she was recruited by the state employee credit union where she worked into her 70’s.
Polly’s real passion and life’s work was as a mother of her three children: Rick (Donna), Jerry (Linda) and Peggy (Clay). She and Stan co-parented their granddaughters Debbie (Oscar), Deanna (Carl) and Donna.
When Stan passed in 1999, Polly was able to travel and enjoy her grown up children and grandchildren. They were, in turn, able to share some well deserved adventures in her retirement years. This included stays in their homes and travel in the U.S. and through Italy with her daughter Peggy.
In 1959, Polly purchased the old Mathieu house in Wilkerson Ranch. It was the original stage coach stop in the 1800’s. She raised her children, some of her grandchildren, and gave refuge to other family members and friends in her rustic little home outside of Bishop for over 50 years.
Polly was preceded in death by husband, Stan Hankins; her parents; sisters, Dorothy Mathieu, Betty Fleming and Peggy Nahaas; her brothers, Fred and Rusty Springer; and a great-grandchild, Mikala Reise (Deanna’s daughter).
She is survived by three granddaughters, five great-grand-daughters, one great-grandson and one great-great-granddaughter, numerous devoted nieces and nephews, cousins, friends and coworkers.
She was a long-time member of both the VFW and the American Legion. She also served many years on the Inyo County Grand Jury. She leaves a life of volunteerism and devotion to community.
We will all miss her very much but we believe she is at peace surrounded by the loving family and friends who have been waiting for her.
The family invites you to attend a memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Brune Mortuary, 325 West Elm St. in Bishop followed by a military farewell at the Bishop Cemetery on Line St. and a celebration of her life at the Bishop VFW on Short Street. Please join us to bid farewell and share memories of this wonderful and remarkable woman.