Obituaries: Carolyn Hopkins

Carolyn Jean Hopkins, 75, of Ottumwa, Iowa and former resident of Drakesville, Iowa passed away January 3, 2017 at Good Samaritan Society – Ottumwa. She was born April 9, 1941 in
Drakesville to Vern King and Glennis Mareta Forsythe Henderson. She graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1959 and shortly thereafter married her high school sweetheart, Paul Hopkins, on June 26, 1959 in Drakesville. To this union three children were born, Steven, Curtis, and Marcia.

Carolyn was a homemaker and farmwife. She helped with daily chores, had a large garden that kept her busy with canning food, and enjoyed growing flowers. Carolyn and Paul also owned a can redemption center in Ottumwa called “Can Zoo” from 1996-2009. In her spare time, she enjoyed genealogy work, scrapbooking, bird watching, cooking, and was a very avid book collector. Carolyn was a 4-H Leader, served on the Farm Bureau Board, and was a member of the Ash Grove Christian Church.

She is survived by her husband, Paul Hopkins; two sons, Steven Hopkins of Knoxville, Iowa, Curtis (Wendy) Hopkins of Bloomfield, Iowa; daughter, Marcia (Shane) Cox of Princeton, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Tiffany Hopkins, Emily (Rod) Foltz, Logan Hopkins, Chandler (Vanessa) Hopkins, Schuyler Hopkins, Tayler Hopkins, Drew Cox, Lauren Cox; two great-grandchildren, Ross Foltz, Lincoln Hopkins; brother, Jack (Sally) Henderson; and a sister, Carol Sue (Glen) Howard of Moulton, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Kateland Hopkins; daughter-in-law, Cynthia Hopkins; and a sister-in-law, Betty Henderson.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Jim Matheney officiating. Burial will be at the Drakesville Cemetery in Drakesville, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to the Friends of the Bloomfield Public Library for the children’s area and the Drakesville Cemetery.