Kathryn Erlene (Kate) Hopkins

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Kathryn (Kate) Erlene Hopkins
Sept. 9, 1993 - March 17, 2014
Resident of Martinez
At the age of three it was clear that Kate Hopkins knew no strangers when it was pointed out to her that she wouldn't know any of the older kids at the Lindsey Museum Summer Camp. "I'll just tell them my name and then they'll be my friends," she replied. Friendship is the best word to describe Kate's short life; throughout grade school, middle school and her time at Alhambra High School in Martinez she found many friends. Kate had the ability to make any event more fun and she had the knack to recognize and befriend those who might not have otherwise been included. She was known by her twinkling blue-green eyes, her smile and her chortling laugh. But Kate had a serious side as well. She was devoted to both her swim team and her Cheer Team, rarely missing a practice. She carried that same work ethic with her to the University of Tennessee Rugby Team. If you wish to make a donation in Kate's memory please consider either Alhambra high school cheerleaders or the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Women's Rugby team.
Kate appeared to be fearless but in fact she was afraid of three things; public speaking, needles and climbing Half Dome in Yosemite. The first she overcame while in high school when she attended the Martinez Kiwanis weekly meetings and made herself speak up. She overcame her fear of needles by becoming a blood donor and climbed Half Dome when she was a freshman at California Lutheran.
Kate Hopkins died from injuries received while long boarding in Yosemite Valley. She was home for spring break enjoying a beautiful day in one of her favorite places and was looking forward to being with her family for most of the week. She leaves behind hundreds of loving relatives and friends.
The Service will be Saturday, March 22nd at 11:00 AM, at the New Hope Church, 2120 Olivera Court, Concord. Refreshments will follow and all are welcome to attend.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Mar. 21, 2014
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