Lois Hopkins

1918 - 2013

Lois May Hopkins, beloved wife of the late Tom Hopkins, passed away in Bow Island on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the age of 94 years.

Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at the Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber on March 12, 2013.

The Funeral Service was held at St. Andrew's United Church, Bow Island on March 13, 2013. A private burial service followed at Hillside Cemetery, Medicine Hat.

Lois was survived by her three children Gordon (Joanne) Hopkins of Burdett, Bev (Alan) Whitmore of Calgary and Shirley (Dodge) Slagle of Henderson, Nevada; grandchildren Jan (Justin) Reischek, Brad Hopkins, Kim and Melanie Whitmore and Amy, Mandy and William Slagle. She is also survived by a brother Vern Dragland, sister Ethel Chenewski and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Tom and her brother Orville Dragland.

Lois was born on September 29, 1918 in Medicine Hat, the daughter of Oscar and Ester Dragland. She grew up in Conquerville, attended high school in Medicine Hat and Normal School in Calgary. Lois worked in Calgary and Victoria, taught in Coutts, Whitla and Acme before she married Tom Hopkins in 1949 and raised their family on the farm at Burdett. Lois and Tom retired to Bow Island and she spent her final years at Pleasant View Lodge.

Lois was an active community member of UCW, Order of the Royal Purple, Burdett Hall Auxiliary, Pleasant View Auxiliary and a volunteer at Community Adult Learning (ESL), Victims Assistance, Meals on Wheels and Bow Island Tourism Booth.

She was a cherished Mom, Grandmother and friend. Her chocolate chip cookies were famous and she loved the beauty of nature, especially sunsets, clouds and the Sweet Grass Hills.