Judith Mae Hopson
July 25, 1940 – April 29, 2018
Judith Mae Hopson, 77, of Ames, Iowa died Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Accura Healthcare, in Ames, Iowa.
Judy was born July 25, 1940 to Marvin and Mildred (Hoegh) Frederick in Brayton, Iowa. She grew up in Brayton and graduated from Exira High School in 1958, following graduation she married the love of her life, Jim Hopson on December 10, 1958 in Exira, Iowa. The couple was blessed with one daughter, Cindy Howe, and two grandsons, Donnie and Steven Howe, Judy was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.
Judy never met a stranger, she was a bit of a social butterfly, and she spent a number of years co-hosting dinners and events at their house, at Iowa State, or abroad for Jims’ work. In addition, she spent over twenty years working in Ames Schools’ kitchens before retiring in 1999. She loved making large family meals and playing the role of host, she was known for her world famous ham balls and would never let anyone leave without taking some leftovers. A big Cyclone fan, Judy and Jim spent several years traveling and seeing the world with the ISU Alumni Association and she was able to see 49 of the states, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Russia, most of Europe, and countless sights on the sea all while waving cardinal and gold wherever she went.
She liked to play cards, especially pinochle, and would always find time for a singalong on the piano to nursery rhymes, Christmas carols, and kids songs, or an extra round of Trouble or Yahtzee with her grandkids. She led a busy life, and upon her retirement she and Jim settled in Arizona where they enjoyed hosting family and friends in the Arizona sun, rarely stopping to relax and always on the move to show their guests as much of the Phoenix valley as they could. Most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren supporting them in their activities attending basketball, choir, baseball, soccer, football, band, and many others.
Judy is survived by her daughter; Cindy of Ames, grandchildren; Donnie of Ames, and Steven of West Des Moines, sister; Shirley Bierbaum (Royal) of Griswold, IA, brother; Gary Frederick of Marion, IA, as well as many nieces, nephews, and additional extended family.
She was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years; Jim, parents; Marvin and Mildred Frederick, brother-in-law; Dennis Petersen, sister-in-law; Sandra Frederick, and nephew; John Bierbaum.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Iowa State University Foundation 2500 University Blvd. P.O. Box 2230, Ames, Iowa 50010.
Judith is survived by her daughter; Cindy of Ames, grandchildren; Donnie of Ames, and Steven of West Des Moines, sister; Shirley Bierbaum (Royal) of Griswold, IA, brother; Gary Frederick of Marion, IA, as well as many nieces, nephews, and additional extended family.
She was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years; James, parents; Marvin and Mildred Frederick, brother-in-law; Dennis Petersen, sister-in-law; Sandra Frederick, and nephew; John Bierbaum.
- Iowa State University Foundation
- Celebration Of Life Saturday, June 30, 2018
Judith Mae Hopson
Pam & Terry Cobb
June 21, 2018
Oh Cindy, we are so sad to hear about your mom. What a wonderful person. Loved that smile and her laughing until she was crying. She was always so nice to Kelli and Julie. She always had a hug for them. Our family really have heavy hearts. We have talked lots about Jim and Judy and what wonderful people they were. We will not be coming up for the celebration for Judy, but will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Love to all,
Pam & Terry Cobb
May 18, 2018
Hard to imagine that grandma is now gone. She will be greatly missed by not only her family but her friends as well. She touched so many lives and I remember playing countless hours of cards and board games at the dining room table until we were too tired to keep our eyes open. (Or until grandma fell asleep sitting in her chair) In my grade school years I remember going to Meeker Elementary school and helping to serve the kids for lunch when we went to visit her at work and all the snowball cookies she would bring home! I feel very honored and privileged to have been able to spend as much time with her as I did both in Iowa and Arizona. She was always with grandpa Hopson at every sporting event I had and I could always hear her cheering for me. There are too many memories to write them all but I will greatly miss her and am looking forward to seeing some of the family and her friends at the memorial. Always in my thoughts and prayers!! ❤
May 2, 2018
Dear Cindy, Donnie and Steven, Probably a good thing I won't see you in person, tears would never stop. I loved your Mom so much, and your dad , too. They hosted us in Arizona, introduced us to Arizona. Your Mom had the most wonderful laugh, it would uplift my mood in no time. She worked hard in food service, never forgot a friends birthday and shared sadness with them when they needed it. I missed her friendship so much after she moved back to Ames, but knew her health was failing... I look forward to seeing her again and her happy smile and wonderful friendship when we can meet again in God's heavenly Kingdom. Cindy, I would like to send you a card and a little poem if you could give me your address. patty montag 909 Michelle Rd. Colo, Iowa, 50056