The Photo Request has been fulfilled.

Mary Jane Donart Hankey

  • Birth 15 Aug 1924 Weiser, Washington County, Idaho, USA
  • Death 28 Oct 2006 Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA
  • Burial Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA
  • Memorial ID 100239782

from the Weiser Signal American Nov 1 2006

Mary Jane Donart Hankey, a long time resident and retired teacher, passed away at her home Oct 28, 2006. She was attended by her husband of 56 years, by friends and family, and by an outstanding hospice and home Care team.

Her service will be held at St. Michael's Episcopal Cathedral on Nov 2 at 11 am. All who knew Mary Jane are welcome. Arrangements are through Summers Funeral Home. Interment will be at St. Michaels Columbarium.

A blithe spirit, Mrs. Hankey was born in Weiser, Idaho to Letha and George Donart on August 15 1924. She was reared in a household familiar with politics and law, as her father, an attorney, served in the Idaho State Senate from 1933-1948 and was a candidate for the United States Senate. She was a second child of the couple and entered the family as a younger sister to James Donart, who later became a Weiser attorney. Mary Jane's early years were spent in Weiser.

After graduation from high school, Mary Jane attended the University of Idaho at Moscow where she began her affiliation with Delta Gamma sorority. She was editor of the Idaho Argonaut in her sophomore year and majored in education with a minor in business. She particularly enjoyed the studies of literature and history. Her family encouraged her to get her education as a step to independence and lifelong learning.

Mary Jane was first employed with the C. C. Anderson department store in Boise. It was there that she met the love of her life and her lifelong partner, Robert Hankey. The manager of Bob's department warned him that he was hiring someone "Bob should definitely meet, as he would like her very much." They were married on June 25, 1948. Their long and devoted marriage has been an inspiration to many.

In 1950, the couple moved to Emmett, Idaho, where Bob co-owned an general store. Mary Jane loved Emmett and came to know most of its residents. When it came time to move to Boise, Bob said it took him six months for Mary Jane to agree to leave her bridge partners and her friends. The couple remained in touch with a number of Emmett friends over the years.

Once the couple moved to Boise, Bob began his long career in advertising and public relations. Mary Jane began teaching at Boise High school in 1953. Her career there spanned 30 years; she retired in 1983. She contributed to the education of over 8,000 Boise High School students. She taught history, economics, government and English. In the early 1970s she became part of a team of teachers to create and initiate an innovative new program called Humanities. This course combined 20 centuries of art, literature, history and music, and was widely praised. Mary Jane enjoyed especially the periods of the Greeks and Romans, and the European Enlightenment. Her classes were rigorous, disciplined, and fun. She taught with a comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter and tempered it with a wise understanding of her students. She attempted to find avenues of success for all her students. She also mentored many young teachers, including her nephew George Donart at the beginning of his teaching career.

She was an active alumnus of Delta Gamma and 50-year member of PEO. She served many years as chairperson of the Altar Guild and three years on the Vestry for St. Michael's Episcopal Cathedral. She had been a chairman of the Boise High School History Department and a longtime member of the Boise Education Association. She enjoyed bridge, golf, and time with her friends.

The Hankeys' north Boise home was well known for its Christmas parties for various groups. Mary Jane was a gracious hostess, a passionate teacher, a valued friend and family member, an engaging companion.

She is predeceased by her parents and her brother, James Donart. She is survived by her husband, Robert Hankey; sister-in-law, Sally Donart of Ketchum, Idaho; niece Gretchen Donart, husband Tom Herriman and their child Owen of Seattle; nephew George Donart and life partner Michelle Champion of Anchorage, Alaska; niece Sara Gorham, her husband Dan Gorham and their children Ryan and Lydia of Ketchum; and a cousin, Carolyn Wilkerson of Cambridge, Idaho. They and many friends, neighbors and students will miss her terribly but also celebrate her long productive time with them.,1291661

Family Members






  • Created by: KET
  • Added: 5 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100239782
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Jane Donart Hankey (15 Aug 1924–28 Oct 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100239782, citing Saint Michaels Garden Columbarium, Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by KET (contributor 47292223) .