Mary Lou Hopkins joined her beloved husband, Alfred, April 9, 2013, in Heaven, at the age of 84 years, one month and five days.
Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. Monday, April 15, 2013, at Dengel & Son Mortuary. Friends may pay their respects to Mrs. Hopkins 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday to the service hour at the funeral home, where the family will meet with friends 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Interment is planned at Highland Cemetery, Ottawa, Kan.
She was born March 4, 1929, in Quenemo, Kan., to Tom and Myrtle (Cunning) Williams.
She attended Quenemo Elementary School through the eighth grade.
At age 12, she started to relieve the telephone operator in her home in Quenemo. She later came to Ottawa, Kan., to work for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company as an operator, where she met and married the love of her life, Alfred Hopkins, March 12, 1946. She worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company for 35 years, retiring in 1980.
Together, they purchased many houses in Ottawa renovating them to rent or resell. In 1989, they moved to a farm north of Williamsburg, Kan., where they enjoyed a number of years of country life, raising a garden and numerous flowers. She especially enjoyed using her riding lawn mower to mow their yard.
Their marriage of 64 years was blessed with two children, daughter Delores and son Kenneth. She enjoyed spending time with family.
She was a member of the Pioneers of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company; life member of VFW Post No. 5901, Ladies Auxiliary; and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 2700, in Ottawa, Kan., where she served as past madame president and past chaplain of the Aerie. She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for five years; Crestview Nursing Home bingo and activities coordinator; and Phone Friends at Ransom Memorial Hospital.
She also sold Stanley Home Products.
Survivors include her daughter, Delores Edwards and husband, Delbert, Ottawa; son, Kenneth Hopkins, Ottawa; five grandchildren, Ray Ott and companion, Kathy Molitor, Williamsburg, Michael Ott and wife, Melinda, Williamsburg, Kenneth Hopkins and wife, Sharon, Allen, Texas, Jenny Lyn Jensen and husband, Tony, Baldwin City, Kan., and Timothy Edwards, Ottawa; 10 great-grandchildren, Raymond Ott-Jensen, Quenemo, Hillary Clark, Ottawa, Kendell Ott-Jensen, Lawrence, Christopher and Cody Ott, Williamsburg, Jeffery, Jeremy and Michael Hopkins, Allen, Texas, Alexander and Carson Edwards, Ottawa; three great-great-grandchildren, Lillian Ott-Jensen, Quenemo, and Adalyn and Brayden Clark, Ottawa; many nephews, nieces and cousins; and sister, Martha Knight and her companion, Bill Warrington, Ottawa.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Hopkins; parents, Tom and Myrtle Williams; brothers, John, Richard, Tommy, Lewis and Donald (Dutch) Williams; and sister, Betty Jean Evertson.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Franklin County Cancer Foundation through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.
An online guest book is available at www.dengelmortuary.com