June 12 1930 October 7 2019
Betty Jane Hopkins, devoted wife & mother, passed away at the age of 89 on Monday, October 7, 2019. She was born June 12, 1930 to William Howard & Alma Backus Fidler in Anamoriah, WV. Betty’s eldest daughter Vickie preceded her in death & also her husband Bill of almost 70 years. Along with many family members, she is survived by Vickie’s husband Sam Kay & Betty’s sisters Barbara Pryor & Nancy Parr. Betty was active in the Stephen Foster Singers of St Albans High School & participated in several musical productions. She was accepted into the NY Julliard School of Music, but rather than attending, she married William C Hopkins, Jr on her 18th birthday. They soon began their fun-filled, adventurous life to include 5 daughters Vickie, Sherrie, Debbie (Jim Harrison), Terrie (Parrish McKittrick) & Barbie (Dr Jesse Ehrlich). A son, William Curtis Hopkins III was stillborn. Having missed her senior year of high school Betty was awarded her diploma by attending night school. She lived a full & colorful life of beauty & grace, & was often a warm hostess to family gatherings & prestigious party events. Many family hours were enjoyed around the piano to sing as she played, & numerous memorable trips she planned with the Pullen family were exciting times in the family motor home. In 1977 daughter Terrie was crowned WV Strawberry Queen & Betty & Bill were received by President Jimmy Carter at the White House. They were promenaded as royalty in the Strawberry Festival’s grand parade where Betty & her parents also often paraded their Tennessee Walker horses. Betty leaves a legacy of strong commitment to the meaning of family that also includes 10 grandchildren & 22 great-grandchildren. The family wishes to thank all the extended family members & Hospice aides who brightened her life during her long illness. She resided in The Villages, FL with Bill after a lifelong journey of faithful support to his business that required extensive travel. Visitation will be held Friday, October 18 at Harding Funeral Home, Poca, WV from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm with an intimate service to follow on Saturday at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens in Cross Lanes, WV at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Hospice Vitas, 127 N Bay St., Suite 200, Eustis FL 32726 To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Betty Jane Hopkins please visit our Sympathy Store.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Betty Jane Hopkins June 12 1930 October 7 2019.
Death notice for the town of: Wildwood, state: Florida