MONTPELIER - Julia Margaret Hopper Colman, 86, died peacefully May 3, 2012. Born March 20, 1926, in Elizabeth, N.J., she was the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Orion C. Hopper and Julia Margaret Weitzel-Hopper. Julia was raised in Maplewood, N.J., graduated from Cedar Crest College and received her master's degree in religious education from Princeton Theological Seminary.
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In 1954, Julia married George D. Colman (divorced 1979) and they had three children, Tim, Julie and Sally. In 1957, they moved to Ecorse, Mich., and in 1962 to Detroit.
In 1967, Julia returned to school and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1967 with a teaching degree in elementary education. She taught kindergarten in Detroit until 1985.
Following her retirement Julia lived primarily in New Jersey until 2001, when she moved to Montpelier where she lived for 10 years near her daughter Sally. In 2010, she moved to be near her daughter Julie in Colorado. Julia made lasting friendships wherever she lived.
Julia was a loving mother and teacher. She was actively involved in the civil rights and anti-war movements. She was passionate about politics, the environment, travel, the arts, weaving, music and her family.
Julia spent all her summers at Indian Lake, N.Y., which she called home. Nothing pleased her more than a beautiful Adirondack day on the water ending with a gathering of friends and family filled with laughter, good food and music.
Julia is survived by her children, Tim and Kristi and their daughter Kate in Seattle; Julie and Tony and their children, Liberato, Julia and her husband, Richard, and their daughter Avery, Chelsea and her husband, Brian, in Colorado; Sally and Richard and their children Peter, Kuenzi and Flint in Vermont.
Julia was predeceased by her older brother, Orion C. Hopper, and is survived by her younger brother, David H. Hopper, and his family, of St. Paul, Minn., and her sister-in-law, Elizabeth Hopper, of Pennsylvania.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, VT 05602.
Published in Times Argus on May 18, 2012