Joanne Murray Hopkins
April 16, 1937 - August 24, 2018
Joanne Murray Hopkins, age 81, long time resident of New Castle and Hares Corner, currently living in South Bethany Beach, passed away on Friday, August 24, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Wilmington, DE on April 16, 1937, she was a daughter of the late Nelson L. and Ruth (Stevenson) Murray. Joanne married her high school sweetheart, the late John W. Hopkins and dedicated her life to her family as a housewife and talented homemaker. She retired after 15 years of food service from the Colonial School District.
She enjoyed traveling across country and countless trips to Disney World with her children and grandchildren. Joanne was a proud grandmother and attended all sporting events for all of her grandchildren. She enjoyed decorating for all holidays. She was passionate about fishing and being at the beach with her husband. They fished on the Marathon Lady in Marathon, FL, on the back bays of Ocean City, MD, and recently on the Tortuga. The life of the party, Joanne loved to dance and recently became the designated driver for her grandchildren during the summer months from the beach house to Dewey Beach. She was a member of the Wilmington Manor Lions Club and the New Castle Presbyterian Church.
In addition to her parents, Joanne was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Hopkins. She is survived by her children, William John Hopkins (Susan), Nelson James Hopkins (Cheryl), Mark Hopkins (Karen) and Matthew Hopkins (Kathryn); sisters, Carol O’Neill (Mike) and RuthAnn Hein (Bill); grandchildren, William (Brittney), Brian, Heather (Ross), Ben (Lauren), Nathan, Ryan and Sydney; great grandchildren, Hayley, Holden and Hunter.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 pm until 7 pm on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, l000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. A funeral service will begin at 11 am on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at New Castle Presbyterian Church, 25 East 2nd Street, New Castle, DE 19720. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joanne’s memory to the New Castle Presbyterian Church at the address listed above.