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Dorothy Ann Hopper


1926 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Dorothy Ann Hopper, 87, was born Nov. 25, 1926, near Bertrand, Neb. She grew up on the family farm in Nebraska, through the Depression with all its hardships. After she graduated from High School, her and her twin sister Doris moved to Denver, Colo., to be with their older sister Mabel. There she got a job in the war plant, helping troops overseas. While on a blind date, she met the love of her life, Clarence L. Hopper, and soon after they were married in Sacramento, Calif., where he was stationed at the time. Shortly after their marriage , hey moved to Wichita, Kan., to start their family. In the mid 1950s they decided to move to Denver, Colo., where she stated her bookkeeper career with Sears & Roebuck Co. In mid 1960, Dorothy and Clarence decided to take the plunge and go into business with his father and brother in Farmington. There she backed Clarence in his business endeavor of being part owner of Woody's Safety Service, while
she herself was working as a secretary at a local insurance agency. After several years in the insurance business, she took a job in the County Treasurer's Office, which she thoroughly enjoyed until her retirement. Now she finally had time for her card parties and her poker buddies. In 1984, she lost her husband, but continued to go on , trying to keep busy with all her hobbies she so enjoyed. In 2005, Dorothy decided that it was time to move closer to her children, and returned to Denver, Colo. She thoroughly enjoyed her later years, especially being closer to the Bingo Halls. Dorothy passed away in the Yuma District Hospital in Yuma, Colo., on Monday, April 14, while attempting to recuperate with her daughter from a previous illness.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband Clarence L. Hopper, her parents, one brother, and two sisters.
She is survived by her son, Ron Hopper; daughter Kathy (Larry) Smith; granddaughter Michelle Smith; brother Ervin; her twin sister Doris; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m., on Monday, April 21, at Cope Memorial Chapel in Farmington.
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 22, at the Aztec United Methodist 123 E. Chaco Ave., with Pastor Jeff Symonds officiating.
Interment will be in Green Lawn Cemetery in Farmington.
Dorothy's care is entrusted to Cope Memorial Chapel, 404 W. Arrington St. in Farmington, 505-327-5142. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.
Published in Farmington Daily Times from Apr. 22 to Apr. 28, 2014
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