Lena Mae Hopkins

1928-2015

Hopkins, LenaLena Mae Coffee Hopkins, a beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend, peacefully passed away on the evening of Monday, August 10, 2015. She was 87.

Born in 1928 in Indianola, Oklahoma, Lena grew up with her mother and five siblings. She was very close with her younger sister, Doris, and as the two grew older they frequently acted as traveling companions on trips throughout the country.

Lena married Frank Hopkins in 1948 and together they had two sons, Jeff and Tim. The family lived in McAlester, Oklahoma, where Frank sold and wrote radio ads and Lena worked as a medical transcriptionist and later as a secretary for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Later in life she moved to be closer to her family in Edmond, where she worked again as a medical transcriptionist. In her free time, Lena loved listening to big band music, especially Sinatra; as a young couple, she and her husband were known to tear it up on the dance floor – everyone else stepped back to watch Lena and Frank dance.

Lena was always an avid reader and was adamant about keeping up with current events. She could usually be found with a newspaper in her hands, her dog in her lap and a cup of coffee within reach. Her granddaughter was fortunate to spend a great deal of time with her growing up, and together the two would watch movies, read and write stories or just make up a game as they went along.

But beyond all else, Lena was an incredibly thoughtful person and always went out of her way to ensure other people were happy and thriving. She was an active churchgoer and frequently volunteered to help those in need.

Lena is survived by her son, Jeff and Patty Armer; her son Tim and his wife, Angie; her granddaughter Emily; her sister, Doris; and many nieces and nephews.

A public service will be held on Thursday, August 13 at 10 am at First Presbyterian Church in Edmond, and she will be laid to rest at Oak Hill Cemetery in McAlester. For those who feel inclined, it was Lena’s wish that donations be made to two of her most cherished charities:

The Urban Mission

3737 N. Portland Ave.

Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Central Oklahoma Humane Society

7500 N. Western Ave.

Oklahoma City, OK 73116

Comments

  1. Jeff and Tim,
    This was a beautiful obit for you Mom. I remember a petite beautiful lady with a smile every I saw her come outside. I remember her coming out to feed cats in the evening. I’m glad she was with you boys these last years in the city. Sometimes when we think they know nothing but they do, they just can’t express it. So in someway I’m sure she felt your presence and care during your regular visits. I called Mom and Dad and told them, they were sad to hear this as we are all getting closer each day and those calls are more often. We are in CO so I will not see you but know I care and will be thinking of you as you say your last goodbye.
    With Love,
    Michelle

  2. Jeff and Tim, What a wonderful mother you were blessed with! This was a lovely tribute to her and helped to jostle loose some old memories for me. My deepest condolences as I know that while you wanted her to have a peaceful rest you also will miss her greatly. Blessings, Jerry

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