HACKETT Carrie Hopkins Hackett, residing at Friendship Village, Dublin, passed away on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, just shy of her 104th birthday. She was a descendant of Stephen Hopkins, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Carrie was born on January 1, 1909 on a farm in Francestown, New Hampshire, the daughter of Gady and Willard Hopkins. One of seven children, Carrie left home at an early age to earn her way through high school, then college, graduating from the University of New Hampshire with many honors and awards. Upon graduation, she became a teacher and taught junior high school English, French and History in Hampton, New Hampshire where she met her husband, Lawrence, who predeceased her in 1984. Carrie moved to Columbus 25 years ago to be near her daughter, Marilyn Harris and husband, Donald; both of whom survive her along with granddaughters, Leanne Moulton and Kristine Phillips (Robert); and two great-granddaughters, Aubrey and Carrie; as well as many nieces and nephews. Carrie's inclusion in "New Hampshire Notables," a book of biographical sketches of men and women, who have helped shape the character of New Hampshire and their communities, lists the many charitable, political and educational organizations in which she was prominent. Her later years in Columbus were spent reading, playing bridge, and routing for the Buckeyes. Carrie May was the epitome of a Lady, gracious to the end! Her family would like to extend special thanks to the staff of the Meadows at Friendship Village who made her waning years so comfortable. There will be no funeral, but a celebration of her life and burial will take place at a later date in New Hampshire.
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Nov. 23, 2012