Mary Jane Holden HOPKINS, 90, of Wheeling, WV–wife of the late Thomas Stewart Hopkins, died Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Sundale Nursing Home in Morgantown, WV.
She was born June 25, 1924 in Wheeling, a daughter of the late Guy Emerson and Mary Best Holden.
Mary Jane was a 1946 graduate of West Virginia University, where she majored in Business Adminstration, was active in Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority–serving as President during her senior year, and was inducted into Mortar Board and Phi Beta Kappa.
She was a long-time member of Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church–serving as an elder and deacon. Active in many service organizations, she held membership in the Cedar Twig, the Louise Reed Circle of the King’s Daughter’s and the Green Hills Garden Club. She taught in the Ohio County Elementary Schools for 19 years.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mary Jane was preceded in death by a brother, David B. Holden, a sister, Cora Anne Holden Skinner, a son in law, Jacob D. Mullett and a great granddaughter, Morgan Grace Mullett.
Mary Jane is survived by 3 daughters; Elizabeth Mullett of Morgantown, Barbara Cullen Hackler of Alpharetta, GA, and Mary William McCoy of Charleston, WV; 11 grandchildren, Charles Lee Mullett, M.D., Sara Mullett, Jeremy Po Potter, David Courtney Mullett, M.D., Sarah Wil Bayer, Megan Mike Williams, Jeffrey Kelsey Hackler, Stewart Hackler, Lindsay Eric Anderson, Annie McCoy, Ellie McCoy and 10 great grandchildren.
Friends will be received in the Narthex of Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church, 905 National Road, Wheeling, from 7:00pm until 9:00pm on Friday, January 30, 2015 and again on Saturday, January 31, from 10:00am until time of the funeral service at 11:00am with Rev. Dr. Chuck LaPlaca and Rev. Dr. William G. McCoy officiating.
Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Linsly School, 60 Knox Lane, Wheeling, WV or to Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church, 905 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003.
Arrangements by the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger St., Wheeling, WV 26003.
Online condolences may be extended to the family at altmeyer.com
Betsy, Barbie and Mary,
I’m sorry I did not make it to see you today. But I did want to tell you how sad I am to read about your mom. Besides my mom, she was my favorite of the “card playing girls” which used to gather on Tuesdays several years ago. Since Mary Jane had a sense of humor and a twinkle in her eye, we would always laugh and have a good time! I smile today thinking about those afternoons. She loved her girls and their families, we surely knew that.
Again my condolences on your mom’s passing. She was a very special lady :
Stevie Hannig Baber
Dear Betsy: I’m sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I talked with her a little at our 40th THS reunion after the assembly and she was so nice. I send all my sympathy. Lynda Karnell McNally
Dear Hopkins Family, I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. Remembering all the fun we had with your family.Praying for comfort and strength to everyone. Hugs to all!
Dear Mary and Family, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother. She was a Wonderful person. I will always remember her great smile. Our parents always had a lot of fun together and I am sure they are all together again!
Elizabeth, Barbara and Mary, I had your mother as a Teacher and I will say that she was one who expected only the best with the students that she taught. It is something that most teachers today could set an example for with the way she did her job. The one thing I remember when she taught at Kruger Street, we did our graduation song with really the music to the song “Amazing Grace”. I know she had many years to enjoy her retirement and that she was able to be part of many celebrations for many years from seeing you get married and even some of your children and grandchildren get married. May God comfort you at this time as she will be missed.
I hope your mother’s passing was peaceful. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
I loved your mom, but know she’s in a better place and with your dad. I’m not able to come to the service, but please know that my thoughts are with your family and I understand your loss.
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She was a lovely person….always gracious and kind. My deepest sympathy.
Mrs. Hopkins was my 4th grade teacher at Kruger Street. She was an amazing teacher and person! She made me feel loved and special. Even after I was out of her class I would send letters to her with my brother who was in her class. She took the time to write me and send letters to me. I am sure she touched many lives. I know I am a better person for having known her!
My sincere condolences to the entire family of Mrs. Hopkins. Denny Albaugh
sending love, prayers and deepest sympathy to all of Mary Jane’s family.there were 18 couples of us that got together every sat night for supper at one of our homes…for 25 years while Bill and I lives there….I don’t know how much longer that lasted…we were all very close…we had a bunch of maternity clothes that the girls passed around…we’d all add to it when it was out turn,,,.all of our kids may not realize it but you were raised by a committee….every sat night the gals would try to figure out how to best handle problems with kids and the guys would either refight the was or figure out the next boat trip on the river…it was usually New martinsville for the boat races…we made our own entertainment but we sure had a good time together We had nights at the Country club and some at the Pine room at Oglebay and a few times a lot of us took the train to NYC for the boat show. they were a group of very dear people….I miss them….and all those kids we all helped raise…..every one of those kids are someone for whom to be very proud !!! Mary Jane was loved by all of us in that crowd and has moved on to be with most of them….She will be misses by the few of us who are still here with deepest sympathy, Peg Clark
So sorry to hear of her passing. She was a wonderful teacher and person. My condolences to all of her family.
To the Hopkins Family:
Sorry to hear about your mother.
Mrs. Hopkins was my 5th and 6th Grade English Teacher at Bridge Street School and had a tremendous impact on my life as and educator.
Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
With deepest sympathy,
Pete & Erin Cuffaro
We just wanted to express our condolences to your entire family.Sorry for your loss.
We will all miss Aunt Mary Jane. What a gracious and wonderful woman.
We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences. Mrs. Hopkins was such a kind, lovely lady. You are in our thoughts and prayers.