Janet Lou Hopkins
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Janet Lou Hopkins

Janet Lou Hopkins, wife, mother of five, grandmother to ten, friend and role model to many, passed away on Saturday, November 14th, at Hospice of the Valley's Sherman Home in Scottsdale. Janet was diagnosed with the bulbar form of ALS 19 months ago. Days before her death, she completed a rigorous 76-week long Phase III clinical trial advancing research seeking to find a cure for ALS. Born and raised on a farm in Ottumwa, Iowa, she graduated in the top 1% of her high school class of more than 500. She remained in Iowa after graduating from the University of Iowa, class of '68 and loyal member of Pi Phi. Her rich and varied life involved charitable work for decades, volunteering time and resources to Variety Club, Fresh Start Women's Foundation, Horses Help equine therapy, Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank, Arizona Hospice with emotional support dog Max, a rather special Brussels Griffon who was always at her side, and other organizations that benefitted anonymously from her kindness and generosity. Janet decided many years ago to live the Four Agreements, and was steadfast in upholding those tenets and values. She is survived by her husband, Robert, sons Patric, Sean and Michael, daughters Devon and Katelin, along with step-daughters Emily and Kristina. Brothers Tony, Ted and Fred and sister, Karen, also survive her. A tribute to her life will be held at 2 p.m., December 5th at Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary in Scottsdale. In lieu of flowers, support for Hospice of the Valley, Planned Parenthood of AZ or Variety, the Children's Charity of Iowa would be welcomed.

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Published in the Des Moines Register from Nov. 20 to Nov. 22, 2020.
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November 25, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
November 24, 2020
What a joy to have known Jan & to have been one of her many,many friends! Meeting in 3rd grade at Center School,we shared 4H, roller skating, playing baseball(hard ball) at recess,and a love of horses to just name a few of the great memories we shared!!Jan was a truly beautiful person inside & out, through & through. May God's blessings & comfort be with all her loving family! Georgia (James) & Bob Steeber
Georgia Steeber
Friend
November 24, 2020
Janet Lou, Big, and Tubalina were some of her nicknames growing up with 4 brothers and sister. She was my Go To Girl all my life. We have been through tough and great times, but never between us. She was beautiful in all ways, loving, and of course her wonderful humor. She has left me with so many wonderful memories and I will love her until we meet again. Bug
Karen Bienfang
Sister
November 24, 2020
Aunt Janet was like a grandma to me. She was the best ever and could always put a smile on my face. I miss her so much already.❤
Emerson
Family
November 22, 2020
Janet always lit up a room. She was gracious and kind. She was a good soul. And she will be missed. My deepest sympathy to Robert and all of Janet’s family and friends.
Kathy Kramer
Friend
November 21, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
November 20, 2020
So sorry, sending our condolences to all. We loved Janet and had many fond memories of our friendship. RIP friend.

Jim and Phyllis Spratt
Jim Spratt
Friend
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