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BANCROFT, Betty (nee Hawkwood)

May 18, 1921 – February 25, 2012

Betty passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the age of 90 years and went to join her best friend and husband Jack.

Betty was a Life Member of the Eastern Star Zenith Chapter No. 85 in Cochrane. She is survived by her son Bill and Jude Bancroft; daughter Judy Sydenham and Bill Lawson; her beloved grandchildren, Jennifer and Jay Bruggencate, Guy and Megan Bancroft, Stephen Sydenham and Michelle Steinke, Michael Sydenham, and Laura Sydenham; and her great-grandchildren, Janna, Gerrit and Jacklyn Bruggencate, and Ella and Lily Bancroft. She is also survived by her sister Marg Chalack; sisters-in-law, Gertie Hawkwood, Leona Hawkwood, Aurica Hawkwood, Doreen Hawkwood and all the extended Hawkwood family. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Tim Bancroft. She was predeceased by her parents Arthur and Isabella Hawkwood; sister Agnes Ritchie; brothers, Tom, Miles, Jack, and Joe Hawkwood; and great-granddaughter Trina Bruggencate.

There will be no funeral services held for Betty. Her family wishes you to remember her pouring a cup of tea and serving her famous scones. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Kerby Centre, 1133 – 7 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2P 1B2 Telephone: 403-265-0661 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

In living memory of Betty Bancroft, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane Funeral Home, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE. Telephone: (403) 932-4740.

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  1. I clearly remember the day in about 1957 that the Bancroft family, Jack, Betty, Bill and Judy, arrived in Frobisher, Saskatchewan, with Gramma Hawkwood in search of her Middleton cousins. Bill and I have reminisced that day a few times since we have re-connected and chuckle about it now. Betty was a wonderful lady and I’m happy I had the opportunity to meet her. I would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the Bancroft and Hawkwood families.

    Jean and Joe Olajos

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  2. Dave and Pat Buckler :

    As years go by we often think of the people who were very much a part of our growing up years, Your mom always had time for a chat and the smile was never far away.May you keep your memories close the will take you back to another time.

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  3. Jim and Dorene Jenkins :

    Dear Bill and Judy:

    We would like to express our condolences to you and your families with the passing of your mom. Your mom was so special to us. When we and our young family moved to Cochrane, your mom was one of the first persons to welcome us. During our sixteen years living and teaching in Cochrane and raising our six girls, your mom was always interested in our lives, and was always so kind and considerate. You may remember we were invited to your home for a Sunday meal a number of times. With six small children, being given the opportunity to get out was a real treat. We know you have lots of family around you. It is so wonderful that your children had Betty in their lives. Her legacy lives on. Please pass on our wishes to the Chalack and Hawkwood clans. Our thoughts are with you today.

    Best wishes to you and yours. Perhaps we will meet again in the future at some Cochrane function. If you are ever in Kelowna, we are in the phone book.

    Jim and Dorene Jenkins

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  4. To all the Bancroft and Hawkwood families,
    Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Betty. She was such a kind and lovely lady and I’m sure you all have many good memories of her.
    JoAnn Jones-Hole

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  5. Kaye and Herb Himmelspach :

    Our sincere condolences to everyone in the Bancroft/Hawkwood families. We have such great memories of our good times with every one of you during our farming years in Cochrane. Betty and Jack, Bill and Jude, were “just down the road from us in the 60’s !!! Once Friends…Always Friends. Our doors are always open. May God Bless.

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