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John M. Taylor Funeral Home

147 Duke OF Gloucester ST, Annapolis, MD

OBITUARY

Marion Jarmila Hopkins

May 2, 1926January 14, 2020
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Marion Jarmila Hopkins of Annapolis died January 14, 2020. She was born May 2, 1926 in Annapolis, Maryland to the late Michael and Mary Lizal Mrlik, both natives of Malenovice, the Czech Republic. She graduated from Annapolis High School in 1942 and attended the University of Maryland where she majored in Spanish. Prior to her marriage she worked for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company. For many years she worked for the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections and as a seasonal employee of the State Comptrollers’ Office during income tax season. In her teenage years Mrs. Hopkins, an accomplished pianist, recorded a waltz, entitled Woodland Whispers composed by Adolph Torovsky, a former USNA Band Leader. She was accompanied by her father, who had a 37-year career with the USNA band, on the flute and by her brother Michael on the violin. She was an avid reader, and cross stitcher and enjoyed attending Navy football and basketball games with her husband who had retired from the Capital as sports editor. She was a fan of the Baltimore Orioles and of the Baltimore Ravens. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Michael Joseph Mrlik, her husband of 59 years, former Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins, one son, Alfred Michael Hopkins, one daughter, Maureen Anne Hopkins and one granddaughter Jennifer Lynn Hopkins. She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Hopkins (Eric Deuschle) and Kathleen Hopkins of Annapolis and one son Mark (Laura) Hopkins of Baltimore, two grandsons Norman Doug (Lacey) Sears, Jr. of Sunderland and Michael Hopkins of Edgewater, two granddaughters Crystal Sears of Arnold and Myah Fisher-Hopkins of Baltimore. Also surviving are eleven great- grandchildren Kurtis, Dylan and Kyle Morton of Annapolis, Caitlyn Sears of Davidsonville, Nicholas Wilkinson, Jayde, Bryson and Jackson Sears of Sunderland and Gerard, Isaiah and Nadya Green of Arnold. Friends and family may call at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401 on Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, 109 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401 on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 10:30 AM. Graveside Service to follow at 12:00 PM at Saint Mary’s Cemetery, West Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.

"Article from Capital Newspaper Website 1/17/2020"

Marion Hopkins, wife of former mayor and part of an Annapolis love story, dies at 93 During his more than three decades as an Annapolis politician, Alfred Hopkins would tell people that he loved both his wife and his mistress. His mistress was Annapolis, the town he served as mayor, alderman and journalist, for four decades. His wife was Marion Hopkins, a life-long Annapolitan who loved the city of Annapolis as much as her husband and selflessly supported his political career, her children said. Hopkins died of natural causes Tuesday. She was 93. Marion Mrlik attended Annapolis High School and graduated in 1942. Alfred Hopkins graduated in 1943, but the pair didn’t know each other. It wasn’t until Hopkins returned home after serving three years in the Navy, that they met on a blind date in the fall of 1946. A few weeks later, the couple married on Jan. 19, 1947. Over much of the next 50 years, the couple’s lives were dominated by Hopkins’ political career and work. The sports editor at The Capital, he served 24 years as an Annapolis alderman before unexpectedly winning the 1989 Democratic mayoral primary against an incumbent. He served two terms as mayor until he stepped down in 1997. All the while, Marion was the support system for the man known as “affable Al," but she was just as passionate about protecting her husband’s mistress — Annapolis, said her daughter Barbara Hopkins. “She didn’t mind that he had a mistress because it was a fine mistress,” she said. Initially, she wasn’t as receptive to her husband’s political aspirations. She told him no at first when he was mulling a run for alderman. “But he kept talking about it and she said, ‘OK, get it out of your system,’" her daughter said. Years later, in late January 1993, days after the couple celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary, the then-mayor called his wife up during a fundraiser at Loews Annapolis hotel and sang to her. He would do this from time to time as a show of public affection and appreciation, said her son Mark Hopkins. “He really appreciated her. If he had an opportunity to do it he would pay her back in a way for all the years of her hanging in with him,” said Hopkins, who worked as a reporter at The Capital for a few years. As a stay-at-home mother, Hopkins raised five children. She was the first to rise in the morning and made sure dinner was ready at 5 p.m. every day to fit the odd hours of Alfred Hopkins’ schedule, her son said. She would field the seemingly endless phone calls from constituents for her husband who notoriously kept a publicly-listed phone number during his time in office. And she never complained about those who would pay calls to her house at all hours of the day, her daughter said. “Anyone could call him at any time. People didn’t call during business hours,” she said. “She had to deal with people calling on the phone or coming to the house. She didn’t want the limelight but she supported what he did very much so. It worked.” Marion Hopkins grew up in the affluent neighborhood of Murray Hill, the daughter of Czech immigrants. As a child, her home was filled with classical music and philosophy discussions, her son said. She became an accomplished pianist and recorded a waltz called Woodland Whispers composed by Adolph Torovsky, a former Naval Academy band leader. By the age of 15, she had visited Europe twice. But once she met Alfred, Annapolis became her home forever. “She was a small-town girl,” Mark Hopkins said. “She didn’t want to leave the town.” After high school, Hopkins worked for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. for a year prior to attending the University of Maryland where she majored in Spanish. After her marriage, she didn’t work but for many years though she occasionally worked for the comptrollers’ office during tax season. Though she was more reserved than her outgoing husband, Hopkins had an inner strength that often shined during trying times, her son said. Two of the five Hopkins children died young. Alfred Michael Hopkins died on a Saturday in 1975. By Monday morning, Mark was back in homeroom at St. Mary’s school, a perplexed teacher asked why he was there. “You’ve got your duties to fill,” Hopkins had told her younger son. “She buried two kids and a grandkid,” Mark Hopkins said. “She had a strength.” During an unsuccessful run for a third term in 2001, Alfred Hopkins showed a reporter more than 5,000 message slips of phone calls he had returned as mayor. And during debates, he compared his love for the city to his love for Marion. "I am a good father, a good husband, a good family man,'' Hopkins said at the time. “I don’t run around. I just live for my family and the city.” In the years after Alfred Hopkins left political office and his health began to wane, Marion Hopkins took care of him until he died in 2006 after a two-year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, her son said. “She stuck it out, didn’t complain and took care of him,” he said. “There was a bond and a love between those two. They were not going to abandon each other.” A reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St. in Annapolis. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 109 Duke of Gloucester St. Graveside service will follow at noon at St. Mary’s Cemetery, West Street.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, January 19, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, January 20, 2020
  • Graveside Service Monday, January 20, 2020

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Michael Wiley

January 19, 2020

Our family lived 2 doors up from the Hopkins Family on Van Buren St. in Eastport. The Hopkins yard was a big "hang out" for us. One of my fondest memories is the endless supply of KOOL AID Mrs Hopkins would make for us after a sand lot baseball we would play just about every day. She served the drink in those 50s style aluminum cups that kept the drink cold. My Deepest Sympathy to Barbara, Kathy and Mark on your loss. I am sure your Mom has already found my mother and Catherine Davies for a Van Buren St Reunion!

William Ridgley Sr

January 17, 2020

I remember when Capt. Barbara Hopkins (APD, retired) and I went to visit First Lady Hopkins at her home last Summer. Since we are both graduates of Annapolis Senior High, we planned on going to the All-Class Annapolis Senior High School reunion. The First Lady tells Barbara (daughter) “ you can’t go, because you didn’t go to Annapolis High”, and sticks her tongue out.

Pauline Shearer

January 16, 2020

Barbara,

My condolences to you and your family. I will keep you all in my thoughts.
Pauline Wentz Shearer

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