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Paula Hopkins


1929 - 2018 Obituary Condolences

PAULA HOPKINS
March 8, 1929 - May 13, 2018

To the family and friends of Paula Hopkins, this is to let you know that she was called home by the Lord on Sunday, May 13, 2018, after a sudden illness. She was born Pauline Marie Massey to Elizabeth and Roy Massey on March 8, 1929 in Sherman, Texas. Her family moved to Bakersfield during the Dust Bowl. She graduated from K.C. (Bakersfield High School) in 1948. She married Charles Warren Hopkins on April 18,1948. They were married 39 years. She worked at Newberry's department store and later volunteered helping youth at Juvenile Hall. She loved dancing with the Bloomer Girls and enjoyed being a member of the Junior Women's Club. She was a devoted wife and mother.

You are invited to join in celebration and commemoration of her life on Monday, May 21 at 1:00 PM (viewing from 10:30-12:30) at Hillcrest Memorial Park on Kern Canyon Highway. A reception is to follow at 2:30 at La Costa restaurant at the Ice House. Please come to share good memories and stories from knowing and loving this woman.

Preceding her in death were her husband Charles "Hoppy" Hopkins, her mother Elizabeth Massey, older sister Jean and younger sister Jackie. She is survived by her four sons Michael D. and Irma of Costa Rica, Patrick D. And Betty of Bakersfield, Charles D. of Thailand, John D. and Debbie of Bakersfield; grandsons Warren, Abraham, Damien, Benjamin, Elliott, Christopher and Michael; and granddaughters Rebekah, Rachel and Tracy; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Mom, I remember the time in high school when you asked me to light the charcoal in the BBQ and I couldn't find the lighter fluid so I used your bottle of 80 proof rum. I'm sorry for the explosion and blowing the top off the BBQ . - Mike Mom, I'm sorry for the time I broke your favorite lamp and then you asked us, four boys who did it, we all denied it. So you spanked all four of us and said "I don't know which one of you did it, but I know I got the guilty one".

- Pat Mom, I'm sorry for the time when I was five and we walked in late to church and when you open the door in the back you dropped your bible, and I said "Oh S-T". You said "Where did you hear talk like that" and I said "from you mom". The whole congregation was smiling.

- Charles Mom , Thank you for being like a mother bear to your four cubs, but coming down hard on us when we needed it. I'm sorry for putting on the "old man mask" outside the house at night and coming up to the window where you were sitting. When you saw me you screamed and fainted, dropping your cigarette. I'm sorry too that your cigarette burned a hole in your new carpet!

- John .

We want to thank Jeanne Shamblin and all the girls at Spruce Gardens that took such good care of our mother. Your kindness and love made her final days a blessing for our family. Thank you so much.

Dear Paula, Aunt Paula, Grandma Hopkins, Mom: Whenever you walked in to a room you lit up the place. Your Texas humor was the glue that got you through life, and instilled in all of us the ability to laugh a lot and not take ourselves too seriously. In fact, we think we can hear you making the angels laugh right now!

Published in Bakersfield Californian from May 18 to May 20, 2018
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