|Birth: ||Nov. 11, 1954|
|Death: ||Jan. 7, 1975|
Married to Mark Alan Munden, one child, Mark Alan Munden II. She passed away on January 7, 1975 in an auto accident.
Daughter of Donald E. Hancock & Opal I. Hancock. Siblings Gayle Hancock, Craig Hancock, Gay Evans (Hancock), Donald D. Hancock and multiple half and step siblings.
The above information provided by Kathleen's nephew J. Hancock.
Knightstown Banner – January 16, 1975 – Page 1
Mother, Married Daughter Killed on Ice-slick Roads
Joint funeral services were held Friday at the Hampton-Todd Funeral Home in Carthage for Opal Irene Hancock, 52, R. 1 Knightstown and her 20-year-old daughter, Kathy J. Munden who were killed last Tuesday when their car was crushed by a Rush County Highway Truck.
The accident, which occurred at 9:15 a.m. has been blamed on the icy roads.
According to Rush County Sheriff, Minor T. Owens and Deputy Marvin Hedrick, neither the Hancock woman or George O. Robbins Jr., 26, R. 1 Rushville, who was driving the truck, could get their vehicles stopped at the four-way stop at 900N and 900W in Ripley Township, 2 ½ miles west of Carthage, due to icy conditions.
Both mother and daughter died of skull fractures and multiple injuries when the two vehicles turned over, the car landing on its top beneath the large gravel truck.
They were pronounced dead at the scene.
Robbins was treated at Rush Memorial Hospital in Rushville for neck and back pains.
It was reported that the women were en route from the residence of Mrs. Munden's in-laws, who reside just one mile west of the scene of the accident, to a laundramat in Carthage.
Both vehicles landed in a field northeast of the intersection, Robbins had been traveling north, and the women were eastbound. The vehicles struck a fence on the George Roland farm, doing damage of $125, and tore down General telephone line equipment, with a loss estimated at $150.
The trucks had been hauling stone to a road just east of Charlottesville.
Assisting at the scene were the Rush County Sheriff's officers, Sheriff Minor Owens, Deputy Marvin Hedrick, and Deputy C.D. Buckley, as well as Greenfield Emergency Rescue, the Carthage Fire Department, and Conservation Officer Glen Conner.
The bodies were taken to the Hampton-Todd Funeral Home by the Todd Emergency Unit.
The 1968 Pontiac driven by Mrs. Hancock and owned by Gay Evans, R. 1 Morristown was totally demolished, with loss to the County Highway truck estimated at $1,500.
Mrs. Hancock was born November 4, 1922 to Frank V. and Minnie Craig. She had lived at her address south of the ISSC Home for four years and worked at the Home as a cook. She was formerly from the Raleigh community.
Mrs. Hancock is survived by a daughter, Gay Evans, R. 1, Morristown, three sons, Donald Hancock, Dublin; and Dale and Gale Hancock of Muncie.
Also surviving are two brothers, John Craig, Cambridge City and Edwin Craig of New Lisbon as well as her father, Frank Craig.
She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Carthage.
Officiating at the services for Mrs. Hancock was Joe Caplinger, Shelbyville. Burial took place at the Glen Cove Cemetery, Knightstown.
Mrs. Munden, who was married in April, 1974 to Mark A. Munden is survived by her husband and a four-month-old son, Mark.
In addition, survivors include her father, Donald who resides in Florida, a sister and three brothers.
She was a member of the Charlottesvile Christian Church.
Services for Mrs. Munden were conducted by Rev. Robert Dozier, with burial in the Glen Cove Cemetery.
The above obituary information provided by Jack D. Reynolds.
Graduated from Rushville Consolidated High School, Class of 1973.
Opal Irene Hancock (1922 - 1975)
Glen Cove Cemetery
Created by: Greg Raike
Record added: Apr 20, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36097961