Betty Sue Hawkins, 78, of Peru, IN died on July 4, 2020 at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru, IN. She was born March 15, 1942 in Kensett, Arkansas to James O. and Anna Belle (Turnbow) LaFerney.

Betty attended Clay Township School. She later obtained her GED. She also took classes at Ivy Tech Vocational School. She married Elijah (Barney) Hawkins on December 12, 1958. They divorced in August, 1978. She worked at AGP and later American Stationery as a press operator, both in Peru. Betty enjoyed crocheting, playing board games with the grandkids, doing puzzles, and watching TV.

She is survived by four daughters, Tonya (Carl) Philpot, Betty (Gary) Hall, Cheryl (Ray) Molder, all of Peru, Carla (Doug) Young, of New Carlisle, OH, eight grandchildren, Sue Ellen (Steven) Sopher, Bradley (Veronica Allen) Molder, Austin (Bri Craig) Molder, and Nykolas Molder, all of Peru, Christina (Kris) Knotts, of Whitestown, Rodney (Kayla Coyle) McElfresh, Robert (Jessica) McElfresh, Randall (Emily) McElfresh, all of Ohio, eight great-grandchildren, Christian, Kain, Arianna, Lachlan, Declan, Aletha, Cylas, and Jasper and four sisters, Frances (Noel Goddard) Burke, Kokomo, Patsy Holmes and Rebecca McWhirt, both of Peru, Sandy Slyder, Florida, and one brother Orbrit (Sandra) LaFerney, Rochester, IN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her grandson, Carl James “CJ” Philpot, one brother, James LaFerney, one sister, Lynda Ness, and her ex-husband.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at Riverview Funeral Home , 421 W. Canal St., Peru, IN with Pastor Phil Bunce officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Peru. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Wednesday prior to services at the funeral home. Riverview Funeral Home in Peru has been entrusted with arrangements.