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Olivia Virgina Hopkins


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OLIVIA VIRGINA HOPKINS 5-27-46 to 10-4-2010

Olivia Hopkins passed away suddenly in her Glenn home early Monday. Her devoted husband of 45 years, William Hopkins, was at her side.

Olivia is also survived by her brother John Ratterree and his wife Ester of San Leandro, her sister Susie Pugh of Glenn, her daughter Amanda Brown and her husband Wess Brown Sr. of Chico. Her sons Eric and Johnny Hopkins of Glenn. Four Grandchildren, Jacob Brown, Wess Brown Jr. and his wife Devon Brown, Jesse Brown and John Brown. There are many other loving family members and life long friends who share in the loss of this truly unique, gifted, intelligent, and beloved woman.

Olivia was born May 27th, 1946 to Eric Ratterree and Josephine LaPiana Ratterree In Chicago, Ill. Her parents met while both were serving in WWII and after the war the family moved to Calif. Olivia attended mostly private Catholic school in Castro Valley Calif., but temporarily interrupted her formal education to marry and start a family when she was just 16. Her first marriage ended only two years later but she soon met William Hopkins and married a second time, choosing the right one this time. Olivia worked in many different fields over the years, always finding a way to care for her children, her husband, her mother, yet still grow as a person. She constantly strove to educate herself. Olivia was a "Jack of all trades," but the "Master of Many!" There was nothing she could not teach herself. Olivia was an amazing artist. She painted in oils, water colors, pastels, and charcoal. She sold her first sketch in 1973 for $500 and her first oil painting the same year for $1000. It still hangs today in a bar somewhere in Jack London Square in Oakland, Calif. Olivia could sew an entire outfit, plant and harvest you a garden, remodel your bathroom, run your business, write you a government contract then explain to you what you just signed. Hold you when your sad. Listen when you need an ear. Make you laugh, when you need to smile. Never ever let you forget that you are loved. God Bless You Olivia.

Service for Olivia will be at F.D Sweets and Son, 114 N. Shasta St. Willows, Calif. On Thursday, October 7th at 2:00 pm.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Oct. 6, 2010
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