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Dorothy Hopkins

Obituary of Dorothy Hopkins

Dorothy Eve Hopkins passed away on Sunday January 24, 2021 at her home. Dorothy was born on February 11, 1942 in Brooklyn, NY to her parents the late Charles Gunnar Hanson and Eva Carpenter Hanson. On March 31, 1964, Dorothy married her husband of 56 years William Morgan Hopkins. She earned her Bachelor of the Art's Degree in History at San Jose State University, her Master's in Education at SUNY Cortland, graduating with honors, and completed her Ph.D. coursework. Dorothy always kept very active within the community. She was on the board of directors and president of the Cortland YWCA as well was on the board of managers for the Brewster House in Homer. Dorothy was involved in the Girl Scouts of America. As a member of the Homer Congregational Church, she was involved in the search committee for the pastor, the music committee and the nominating committee. Dorothy was a member of the Ladies Literary club in Cortland and the Sennightly Literary Club in Homer. She was a member of the Eastern Star in Homer, Amaranth Society; Daughters of the Nile. Dorothy was a recipient of the Alice A. Walker Award for Leadership: Community Service and Justice. She did the transcription and illustration of the Finnish saga "Story of the Kalevala." For five years she was a volunteer consultant for the Belize Department of Education: assessment and intervention lectures for math and reading/writing. Dorothy was an avid seamstress and made almost her entire sets of formal gowns as well as almost all of her every day clothing (blouses, skirts, and trousers. She made quilts for her whole family as a well as knitted Afghans. Dorothy was an avid reader and baker as well as enjoyed doing needle work. With her husband Bill she traveled to 30 countries and 40 states. She enjoyed snorkeling, entertaining, classical music, Majjong, , spending time with family and laughing. She is survived by her husband William Morgan Hopkins, children Tara Chantal Hopkins of Ayvalik, Turkey, Geoffrey Morgan Hopkins, MD, of Syracuse NY, her brother Charles Anton Hanson, her sister Betty Ann Laylock, and her grandchild Ursula Morgan Hopkins. Dorothy is also survived by her nieces Jaqualine Hanson and Jennifer Hanson, cousins Joseph Carpenter and Adelaide Bravero. Dorothy will be remembered for her optimism, energy, caring characteristics, hospitality, tenacity, and humor. She loved to help others find their true potential. Times to honor Dorothy will follow at a later time. To offer online condolences, please visit