Mary A. Hopkinson-Wood, 59, of Pottstown, Pa., died peacefully Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 at her residence with her loving family by her side after a courageous six-year battle against cancer. She was the wife of Edwin Duncan Wood and the mother of her beloved daughter Jane Hopkinson-Wood.
In addition to her husband and daughter, Mary is survived by a host of loved ones including her brother, Thomas M. Hopkinson, of Malvern, who is the husband of Lois Row, and Elizabeth Wood Wynn, the beloved daughter of Duncan, and wife of Tom Wynn, of Lansdale. She is also survived by her stepsister, Hilary Anderson, of Manassas, Va., wife of John Anderson.
Born in Chicago, Ill., in 1953, she was the daughter of the late George D. Hopkinson, whom she cared for at home for two years, and Jane (Hoffman) Hopkinson. Mary graduated from Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy in Wheeling, W.V., in 1972 and Villanova University in Philadelphia in 1982.
Mary had a 30-year career in human resources, working as an independent consultant for 10 years in the company she founded, Options for Human Resource Solutions. She was also employed by Carpenter Technology Corporation as the manager of employee development and by Penske Corporation as the director of compensation and human resource information systems.
Her life was characterized first by the love she had for God in whom she placed her trust. Her husband and daughter were the center of her life and her love for them was boundless. She supported Duncan in achieving his professional goals and worked tirelessly in managing Jane's golf career, organizing her registrations and travel plans. She loved her extended family and the many friends she made over the years.
Embracing life fully and with great energy, she was always busy. Working in her gardens gave her joy and her efforts are reflected in the beauty she created around her family's home. Mary also had fun going to juried craft shows and had an eye for and appreciation of beautiful and quirky works that grace their home. Her wisdom and sense of humor through all of the joys and challenges of her life will live on in the memories of those who knew and loved her.
Mary was always ready to share her time and energy with others. She served as the human resource specialist for PETRA Community Homes in Spring City, Pa., and helped out numerous organizations including the library at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Each Christmas she delivered thousands of hand-made "Mary's Mice" Christmas ornaments with candy canes to patients in the chemotherapy units of five area hospitals. She supplied the material and organized the help of dozens of volunteers to make them.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic Church, 100 Fellowship Road, Chester Springs, with Deacon Barry Midwood officiating. Burial will follow in All Souls Cemetery, 3215 Manor Road, Coatesville. Visitation will be Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Catagnus Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford and Wednesday from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. at the church.
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