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Mary Orva Rhoton Hancock, 94, passed away peacefully at her home in Taylor on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. Funeral services were held Oct. 1, at the Centennial Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Taylor. Interment was at the Reed Hatch Memorial Cemetery in Taylor.
She was born June 30, 1918, in Shumway to Lorenzo Dow and Jennie Rhoton.
Orva and her husband Vic lived in Winslow for over 40 years, where they raised their five sons. They owned and operated Vic’s Dairy Queen in Winslow for 50 years, where she worked many of those years before they sold it to their son Lloyd.
She was a homemaker and a loving wife and mother with many talents. She loved to quilt, embroider, crochet, knit, cook, bake and do canning. Her popcorn balls and apricot pies were legendary. All these talents she shared with many of her family and friends.
Orva was a lifelong member of the LDS church, and held many callings in Primary, Relief Society and MIA.
She had a great love for her family and all who knew her, and delighted in being around them; they loved her just as much. She always made everyone feel special.
Survivors include her five sons, Van (LaDawn) Hancock of Winslow, Norman Hancock of Mesa, Donald (Susie) Hancock of San Tan, Darrel (Sandra) Hancock of Winslow and Lloyd (Carol) Hancock of Winslow; 24 grandchildren; 72 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Dow and Ted Rhoton; two sisters, Louise Sabin and Joyce McCleve; and countless relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, L.D. and Jennie Rhoton; two sisters Gen Young and Kathleen Stewart; her husband, Arthur Victor (Vic) Hancock; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Silver Creek Mortuary of Taylor was in charge of the arrangements.