Louise M. Hopkins

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Louise M. Hopkins, age 93, passed away on October 29, 2023, at her home. She was born in Johannesburg, MI., on October 24, 1930, to Ernest and Violet Dowker. The family eventually moved to Gaylord, MI, where Louise attended and graduated from St. Mary High School.

In her early years, she was employed at the Gaylord Telephone Company. Louise also spent thirty – three years of loyal service at Otsego Memorial Hospital and retired in 1995. She enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, gardening, and especially her work.

On December 2, 1950, she married Richard Hopkins. They raised two children together, daughters, Beverly, and Diana Kay. Louise was a loving mother, wife, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. She enjoyed and loved her grandchildren, April Hopkins, Amy, Curt, and Kendall Barnes, and Richard and Matthew Maddox. Being retired, she had a lot of time to spend with her ten great-grandchildren, Danielle, Dante, and Rebekah; Veronica, Ronald, Miranda, Jenna, and Amy McClusky; Matthew L. Maddox; and Cameron Moore. She had a special place in her heart for each.

Louise is survived by two sisters, Joan Dowker King, and Janet Weber of Gaylord; brother, James Dowker of Shawano, WI; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; daughter, Beverly Maddox; her brothers, Ernest, Richard, and Herbert Dowker; sisters; Virginia, and Laura; and her parents, Ernest and Violet Dowker.

 In accordance with her wishes, her body has been blessed, cremation has taken place, and her ashes will be laid to rest at the Otsego Lake Twp. Cemetery in the spring. A family graveside service will be held at a later date.

Memorial remembrances may be made to the Otsego County Food Pantry and Food Distribution Center, at 116 E. 5th Street, Gaylord, MI 49735

 Arrangements were entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home, Inc. P O Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734

15 comments on “Louise M. Hopkins”

  1. Dr Lou and Mariann Habryl

    My Dear Louise, it was such a pleasure to work with you and go mushroom hunting. I’m sure your in a wonderful place our Heartfelt prayers are with you daily 🙏

  2. Hugs to you all- Aunt Louise was a beautiful special soul inside and out! I will never forget her infectious smile and her little comments of humor she could so quickly come up with! All her memories will live on to everyone who was fortunate to have her in their lives 🥰Love Julie and Mark Mazemke- and Loving brother James❣️❣️

  3. I love you so much gramma, I hope you are resting peacefully with grandpa. You two were amazing people and I’ll always wish for the time back!

  4. I had the pleasure of knowing Louise. Louise has the sweetest soul. Such a happy lady , always smiling. I feel quite blessed to have known her. God Bless you Louise and your family, rest easy. Dee

  5. In memory of our dear Louise. She was so loved and valued .
    Jerry Hopkins (brother in law )-She was the “steady” person we could all count on. She made great goulash! She was such a hard and good worker. She was a wonderful historian to our family with precious albums put together by her .
    Jackie Hopkins( in law) I am so grateful for her love for family and her hospitality through the years. Our children have such fond memories of her. She was loved .❤️

  6. Our Aunt Louise was the very best! Everytime we came up to go hunting there was this INCREDIBLE goulash waiting for us. I’ve never tasted better anywhere in this world. And one memory that will never leave me is when Aunt Louise and I would wrestle. Unfortunately Aunt Louise, I accidentally broke your nose in front of Uncle Richard……..I THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO KILL ME!!!! But the both of you were wonderful people. Gracious and very giving to our Hopkins family. MISS YOU BOTH!

  7. Brenda Lawes Snapp

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Louise was not my real aunt but will always be Aunt Louise and Uncle Dick in my heart. Irene Lawes and all of her family send love and prayers to all .

  8. Kay and Family. I’m so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I have so many wonderful memories of her and your dad, the Hopkin’s grocery and growing up with you, Bev and the south Otsego Lake gang! Asking God bless you with Peace at this difficult time.

  9. Marilyn Sehl barber ciszewski

    Kay so vary sorry for your loss it’s so vary hard to lose a parents thoughts and prayers for healing at this hard time

  10. Joann Perry Gasper

    God has taken His daughter, Louise home to join her husband & daughter.. The Wings of Glory are given to her as she enters the gates of Heaven.. Kay, stay strong in your faith as God will watch over you in days to follow.. loved your mom, she was my 2nd mom.. my heart is sad by her passing yet, joyful that your mom is in a better place.. Peace to you my dear friend..

  11. Louise (Hoppy) took care of Marci and Bonnie while I worked many years ago. She was so loving and kind and the girls loved being with her. Both girls are also in heaven. And I am sure their reunion with Hoppy is amazing! Our loss is Heaven’s gain!

  12. Kay,
    I recall many good times with you and Bev as our moms showed us how precious “good friends “ are in our lives. Our mothers have again joined each other in the “life ever after”. My heart reaches out to you during your time of grief. Patty Hansen

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