Rita L. Hawkins, 59, needlework artistRita Lenkin...


Rita L. Hawkins, 59, needlework artist

Rita Lenkin Hawkins, an accomplished needlework artist, died of cancer last Sunday at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. She was 59.

A native of Washington, Mrs. Hawkins attended Coppin State College as an undergraduate and later earned her master's degree there in education.

Mrs. Hawkins worked as a dental technician, taught Head Start classes on an Indian reservation, led an alternatives-to-violence program at local prisons and acted in local drama groups. She also helped found and manage a bed-and-breakfast on West Madison Street in downtown Baltimore.

Mrs. Hawkins won numerous awards for her needlework and her pieces can be found in the Jewish Museum in Baltimore, the Hadassah Hospital's Mother and Child Pavilion in Israel, and at Chizuk Amuno synagogue in Pikesville.

Services took place Tuesday at Sol Levinson & Brothers funeral home in Pikesville.

She is survived by her husband of 12 years, Paul Hawkins of Reisterstown; her mother, Fannie Lenkin of Rockville; two brothers, Dr. Myron Lenkin and Ronald Lenkin, both of Rockville; two daughters, Bonnie Becker Ramsey, of Pikesville, and Randi Sadugor, of Bethesda; two sons, Martin Becker, of Cleveland, and Jason Becker, of Denver; two stepdaughters, Miriam Wolod of Houston and Judy Taylor of Towson; and 11 grandchildren.

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