January 10, 1931May 17, 2020

Thelma Mary Hopkins peacefully passed away on May 17, 2020 at the Carlyle House in Framingham, MA. She was born on January 10, 1931 in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada to Madeline and Francis Cunningham. At a young age she worked in the Molasses Factory and then the Cotton Mill where she met the love of her life Roy Robert Hopkins. Their first date was on February 9th, 1949 and on June 4th, 1949 they were married and became inseparable.

In 1965 Roy and Thelma immigrated with their 5 children ages 2 to 14 to the United States and settled in the Boston area. There she raised her busy family while operating a daycare to help make ends meet.

Thelma was always doing for others. She loved her Lord and this showed in the compassion she had for others. Thelma’s kindness, and generosity extended far beyond her immediate family. She was loved by many and did not meet a stranger. She loved her church family and was always active in her local church. She was involved in many ministries including teaching and was a Christian Ed. director for several years, feeding the homeless, missions, and women’s ministry.

Thelma was preceded in death by her husband Roy on February 6th, 2014. They were married 64 years. They had five children, Nancy (Aguilar), Robert Hopkins, Madeline (Hundy), Daisy (Donahue) and Peter Hopkins. They had 14 grandchildren: Lorena, Ana, Brandon, Angelique, Julie, Adam, Joshua, Joseph, Amanda, Steven, Roy, Christopher, Eli, Chloe and 16 great grandchildren. Thelma was preceded in death by her oldest sister Kathleen Leonard and is survived by three sisters in Canada, Madeline Hamm from St. John, New Brunswick, Marion Bannister from Alliston, Ontario and Dorothy (Dot) Meadus from Grates Cove Newfoundland. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The Hopkins family thanks everyone for the cards, flowers, phone calls, prayers and encouraging words given during this difficult time. We also want to thank the Pastors and staff at Celebration International Church, Wayland Massachusetts. Interment will be private but a celebration of her life will be planned for a later date when we can all gather and remember her with joy.


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betty Carew

May 21, 2020

Condolences to all the family, especially her sister Dot. God Bless you all.

Deirdre Lewis

May 20, 2020

Loved seeing her smiling at CIC ❤️

Joyce Brooks

May 20, 2020

My dear beloved friends .....children and grandchildren of Thelma’s,

Hearing of Thelma’s passing is sad, but I smile knowing that she is face-to-face with the Jesus she loved!

I shall always treasure the many memories I have of working side-by-side with her.
May your fond memories bring you peace at this sad time.

Love, Joyce

Dot Meadus

May 20, 2020

My wonderful sister ,you have been my friend,Big sister and at times my Mom.We have had many ups and downs in our lives but we always had each other.Our love of our families, each other and God has given us a Wonderful life.I will miss you ,miss our talks but happy you are now with your love.I cherished your visits here ,and of course the many Fish n Chips you had to have ! Fly with the angels and spread your love with those who have already gone to Heaven.....Love you Your Baby Sister.....xo


May 20, 2020

so sad to hear of Aunt Thelma's passing and to all the family I'm thinking of you all at this sad time.Aunt Thelma was a dear person to me and I remember all my visits as a teenager to my sisters and Aunt Thelma and Uncle Roy would take us out to eat or have us over to their home to visit .Love you all and I will always remember her kind smile ♥

Roni Duggan

May 20, 2020

Aunt Thelma always was a joy and pleasure to be around. Our last memory of her was here in Newfoundland at a wedding. Aunt Thelma and Aunt Sis had a traditional Newfie Screech In ! The Two Aunts were too funny . Aunt Thelma had the non alcohol drink But Not Aunt Sis! All Aunt Thelma would say “ Now Sis be good !” I will always love and think of her ... xo

Rich Hopkins

May 19, 2020

Very sorry for the loss of your mother, grandmother, and greatgrandmother. Ed and Flo's son, Rich.

Charlotte Gillespie

May 19, 2020

Dear Daisy, Madeline, Nancy, Robert and Peter,
Your mother was very special to us! We shared Canadian roots, laughter and tears. Thelma loved God with all her heart and cared so deeply for people. We also remember your dad fondly, and still hear his voice as he often said, "Count it all Joy."

May God hold you and all the grandchildren close to His heart in HIs arms of love.
Love, Brandt and Charlotte

Melissa Higgins

May 19, 2020

I fondly remember Thelma as a wonderful , Godly woman who lived her faith. She was gentle and kind, mothering so many at the church she served well for so many years. She was such a kind, gentle woman who was always available to help and give advice where needed. Sad, but rejoicing she is with her Savior! ❤️

Judi Beltis

May 19, 2020

We met Thelma only a few times in her later years, but even then her kind gentle spirit was apparent. I believe she is now in the Light. Bob and I send our deepest sympathies to Peter and all the family. May memories of your dear mother lighten your sorrow.


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