This fund was created to administer an unrestricted bequest received from the estate of Josephine Hancock as a memorial to her family.
Josephine Hancock (1902-2001) was born in Aurora and operated the Millinery Department of the Virginia Shop.
She also was a volunteer at Hines Veteran’s Hospital and was a member of the American Red Cross, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and St. Rita of Cascia Church.
Miss Hancock is pictured here (in the center) with her brother John Hancock and her sister Margaret Bennigsen.
John Hancock, who passed away in 1994, was associated with the newspaper business.
Mrs. Bennigsen, who passed away in 1996, was married to a Russian Count who immigrated to the United States during the Russian Revolution.
Miss Hancock was also preceded in death by her brother Walter Hancock and her sister Theresa Hancock.