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Obituary: Zehra Demirkan (Hanes)

Zehra Demirkan (Hanes)

Zehra Demirkan (Hanes)

Our precious mother, Zehra Demirkan (Hanes), went to be with our Lord and Savior on May 28, 2015.

Zehra was born May 20, 1934, in Istanbul, Turkey. In her late teens to early 20s, she was a belly dancer, actress and singer in Turkey. She was cast and performed in several movies in Istanbul. She met and married U.S. Airman Bill Hanes in Izmir, Turkey, in 1960. She gave up her career as an actress and singer and moved to the U.S. They lived in many places while Bill was in the Air Force. Eventually they settled down in Kingman in 1966.

She worked and volunteered at a number of places here in Kingman. She loved to do arts and crafts, go to yardsales and swapmeets, collect dolls and spend time with family.

Zehra is survived by her former husband, Bill Hanes; her children, Jimmy Deringol (Joanna), Sharon Sutton, John Hanes (Lori), Bill Hanes (Rhonda), Valen Hanes (Natalie) and Summer Hanes (Bill); stepchildren Crickett Cummins and Patrick Hanes (Michelle); many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and her dear friend Charlotte.

A special thank you to all the wonderful nurses/staff at KRMC and the Joan and Diana Hospice House for all the love and care you gave our mom. We will be forever grateful.

No services will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name and given to Joan and Diana Hospice House in Kingman.

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