Nettie Gay Weaver <I>Hanks</I> Dearing

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Nettie Gay Weaver Hanks Dearing

  • Birth 15 Jun 1888 Le Loup, Franklin County, Kansas, USA
  • Death 13 Nov 1961 Lakin, Kearny County, Kansas, USA
  • Burial Ottawa, Franklin County, Kansas, USA
  • Plot Section 30/40
  • Memorial ID 43677816

The following biography is partially written with information courtesy of Amy (Hanks) Turner's Weaver Family History. She was the only child of Nettie Dearing.

Nettie Gay (Weaver) (Hanks) Dearing

Nettie Gay (Weaver) (Hanks) Dearing, 73, died November 13, 1961 in the Lakin, Kansas hospital. She had been in ill health for several years.

She was born June 15, 1888 in Le Loup (Franklin Co.), Kansas, one of seven (7) children of Laura E. (Cannady) and John Benjamin Weaver. She was a granddaughter of Eliza (Lemon)and Stephen Hubbard Cannady. She was also a granddaughter of Martha (Boone) and Wilson A. Weaver.

Her siblings were (1) Jay Otis Weaver (1884-1953), (2) Lillian May (Weaver) Metheney (1886-1967), (3) Lena Nanna (Weaver) Adamson (1890-1966), (4) Elsie Myrtle (Weaver) Metheney(1891-1939), (5) Ward Clifford Weaver (1893-1910), and (6) baby Beulah Weaver (1896-1896).

At the time of her death, Nettie was a long-time, permanent resident of 313 S. Locust Street, Ottawa (Franklin Co.), Kansas.

Nettie Dearing married Harry D. Hanks in Ottawa, Kansas on April 30, 1913. He died on April 30,1927. They had one child, Amy (Hanks) Turner. Amy Turner (Mrs. Glenn Turner) lived most of her adult life in Leoti, Kansas.

Nettie Dearing married Joe Dearing in Ottawa, Kansas on February 12, 1941. He died August 17, 1952. He is buried in Homewood (Franklin Co.), Kansas.

Nettie is buried with her first husband, Harry Hanks, in Highland Cemetery, Ottawa, Kansas.

Nettie was one of the more interesting persons in life. To someone who didn't know her well, she appeared more than hesitant to the point of sometimes initially repeating some words at the beginning of a statement or at the beginning of an answer to a question. Someone might describe
this mannerism as stuttering, but she actually didn't stutter at all. She also gave the general appearance of being eager to please. She invariably and almost dutifully agreed with anyone's opinion or anyone's question. She never complained (unless it was to agree with someone else's complaint). Her demeanor implied that Nettie well knew that her place in life was never to make waves. Some would describe her as timid and perpetually nervous. According to an anecdote of her niece Margaret (Adamson) Dick, one day Nettie was a passenger in the front seat of her sister Lena Adamson's 1950 Ford. Lena was driving, and the two of them were, no doubt, running some errands. This would have been in the very early 1950's in their hometown of Ottawa. As Lena steered around a corner of an intersection, Nettie's passenger-side door came open without warning, and Nettie fell out of the car. I'm assuming that Lena briefly stopped the car while she roared with laughter and said, "Well, get back in, Nettie!" Nettie was unhurt, and of course Nettie unquestioningly complied, and they drove on their way. The implication of Margaret's anecdote was that things like this could only happen to Nettie, and they never did have any explainable logical reasons. Family members came to simply attribute the happenings of Nettie to her unique personality. In fact, during one of my recent conversations with my Aunt Margaret (Adamson) Dick, the subject of her "Aunt Nettie" arose, and Aunt Margaret's immediate reply was, "NETTIE!" I didn't need to see Margaret's face to hear the understanding and large, kindly smile, for it was throughout her voice. Now without a doubt, anyone still alive who had any personal experiences with "Aunt Nettie" realizes in hindsight that the "Nettie's" in life not only add the humanity to the human race, but they dearly provide the richness to all our lives.

Robert Neal "Bob" Adamson

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  • Maintained by: Aimee Katherine Adamson
  • Originally Created by: Thomas & Darlene
  • Added: 29 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43677816
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nettie Gay Weaver Hanks Dearing (15 Jun 1888–13 Nov 1961), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43677816, citing Highland Cemetery, Ottawa, Franklin County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Aimee Katherine Adamson (contributor 48025422) .