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Bertha Hopewell

Alexandria - A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, July 22, 2019 at St. Rita Catholic Church with Rev. Craig Scott officiating. Interment followed in St. Mary's Assumption Catholic cemetery, Cottonport, under the direction of John Kramer & Son Funeral Home.

Bertha Anne Ducote Hopewell, 88, of Alexandria, died on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Lexington House surrounded by her children and sisters.

Bertha Anne is preceded in death by her husband, John Clark Hopewell, Jr.; her parents, Prudent and Lenora Ducote; and granddaughter, Annie Blackwood.

Bertha Anne will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was born in Cottonport, Louisiana, and graduated valedictorian of Cottonport High School class of 1948. She married John Clark Hopewell, Jr., while he was serving in the Air Force. They were married for 14 years, until he passed away at the untimely age of 34, when she began raising all seven children on her own. She opened a home daycare, eventually being joined in the business by her sister. For the next 25 years, she cared for numerous children.

Bertha Anne was an avid reader and enjoyed solving crossword puzzles. She was an excellent cook. The weekly Sunday lunch at her house is a favorite memory of her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly. She was a devout Catholic and a member of the Catholic Daughters, Court Notre Dame as well as the St. Rita Altar and Rosary Society. She was warm and outgoing, known for her cheerful disposition, and generous to those in need. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish her memory include four sons: John Hopewell, III (Kathleen), Joey Hopewell (Sandi), James Hopewell (Beth), and Jerome Hopewell (Terry); three daughters: Laura Murchison (John), Lelia Roy (Chris), and Len Blackwood (Brad); 13 grandchildren: Allyson Bennett; Hope Murchison Beard, Patrick Murchison; Madeleine, Christopher III and John Roy; Cameron and Lindsey Hopewell; Martha Hopewell; Jude and Jacques Hopewell; and Anderson and Jack Blackwood; five great-grandchildren: Gage and Abby Bennett; and Felice, Townes, and Noel Beard. Bertha Anne is also survived by two sisters, Catherine "Teeny" Lacour and Flora "Deecie" Juneau, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers honored to serve will be Patrick Murchison, Cameron Hopewell, Jude Hopewell, Jacques Hopewell, John Roy, and Gage Bennett. Honorary Pallbearers will be Christopher Roy III, Anderson Blackwood, and Jack Blackwood.

Visitation was held from 5:30 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at John Kramer & Son Funeral Home and resumed at 9:00 A.M. until the time of service on Monday, July 22, 2019 at St. Rita Catholic Church. Recitation of the Holy Rosary was held at 7:00 P.M. on Sunday, July 21, 2019 in the Kramer chapel.

The family wishes to thank Christus Hospice and Palliative Care, and the staff at Lexington House for their loving care and compassion, especially in her final days. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Manna House or St. Mary's Residential Training School.

To extend online notes of condolence to the Hopewell family, please visit www.kramerfunerals.com.
Published in The Town Talk from July 21 to July 24, 2019
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