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Whitten Monelison Chapel

3966 South Amherst Highway, Madison Heights, VA

OBITUARY

Ellen Crawford Hopkins

July 8, 1933March 6, 2020
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Ellen Mae Crawford Hopkins, 86, of Monroe, VA passed away peacefully March 6, 2020.

Ellen was born July 8, 1933 in Bridgewater, VA to Samuel Clero and Stella Marguerite Ralston Crawford. She attended Radford College and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Dietetic degree. Ellen interned at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, LA. While in New Orleans, she met Marine Lt. Delos Martin Hopkins whom she married in the courtyard outside her Bourbon Street apartment. Ellen and Delos started their married life in their Charles Street apartment and had a son, Robert Delos, and a daughter, Dianne Lynn, before moving to Camp Lejeune where their daughter, Mary Louise, was born. Following her Marine husband's duty assignments, she and the family moved to Quantico, VA, Virginia Beach, VA, Nicosia, Cyprus, (where they escaped the inter-communal fighting between the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots), back to Virginia Beach, and then to Oahu, HI. While Delos was stationed in Vietnam, Ellen and their children lived in Monroe, VA near her parents. After his tour of duty in Vietnam, the family moved to Linthicum Heights, MD and finally to their last duty station at NSA/Ft. Meade, MD.

After Ellen put her dietetic career on hold to raise her family, she went back to college and earned her teaching degree. She taught in many of the family's duty stations including Virginia, Hawaii, and Maryland. After Delos retired from the Marine Corps at the rank of Lt. Colonel, the family moved to Monroe, VA to be near Ellen's parents. She and Delos both went back to college and earned their master’s of education degrees from Lynchburg College, all the while having a good natured rivalry/competition about who did the best in their classes.

Ellen went back to her first career choice of being a dietitian after teaching for many years. She worked at Central Virginia Training School until her retirement in 2001. The travel bug bit Ellen early and she took several trips a year for many years, where she visited numerous countries and states, and even managed to throw in at least one cruise a year.

Ellen led a life of servant leadership. Besides being the First Baptist Church of Monroe’s organist and pianist for many years, she was the past President of the Lynchburg Women’s Missionary Union Association. She enjoyed traveling, sewing, gardening, caring for her flowers and orchids, canning, cross stitching, crafts, and game playing. Ellen also relished being Grammie to her fur babies.

Ellen was preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Col Delos Hopkins, USMC (Ret). She is survived by her three children: her son, Robert of Madison Heights, VA; her daughter, Dianne Parker (Bruce), of Columbia, SC; and her daughter, Mary (fiancé Dave DesChamps), of Richmond, VA; and her three fur grandbabies, Lucie, Lillie, and Sunny.

In addition to her children, Ellen is survived by her three sisters, Ruth Ragsdale of Monroe, VA, Lois Bonwell (Ray) of Cape Coral, FL, and Lelia Sullender of Fincastle, VA, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family would also like to recognize and thank Ellen’s wonderful caregivers Rillie Bryant, Jody Lotts, Peggy Bennett, and Heather Branham for the love and devotion shown to Ellen.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Whitten Monelison Chapel.

The funeral will be at First Baptist Church of Monroe on March 11 at 1 pm and officiated by Reverend Glenn Coleman, Reverend Dwayne Martin and Reverend Raymond Bonwell III. A graveside internment will be held immediately following at Briarwood Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating in memory of Ellen Hopkins to the Lynchburg Humane Society or the UVA Transplant Patient Assistance Fund. Mailing address: C.O. Strickler Transplant Center, c/o April Johnson, UVA Health System, PO Box 800265, Charlottesville, VA 22908.

  • FAMILY

  • Delos M. Hopkins, Husband (deceased)
  • Samuel C. Crawford, Father (deceased)
  • Stella M. Ralston, Mother (deceased)
  • Robert Hopkins, Son
  • Dianne Parker (Bruce), Daughter
  • Mary Louise Hopkins, Daughter
  • Ruth Ragsdale, Sister
  • Lois Bonwell, Sister
  • Lelia Sullender, Sister
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jimmy Ayers, Active Pallbearer
  • Gary Roakes, Active Pallbearer
  • CT Carter, Active Pallbearer
  • Jimmy Bogle, Active Pallbearer
  • Jamie Begley, Active Pallbearer
  • Tom Stafford, Active Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, March 10, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Memories

Ellen Crawford Hopkins

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Lillian Floyd

March 9, 2020

My sympathy to the family. Ellen was a fine lady. We all appreciated her talent that she shared with our church members. We all will miss her but God knows best. Love you all.

Don Horton

March 9, 2020

Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss.

Faye Scott

March 9, 2020

We are so very sorry to hear about Ellen. She was a delightful lady, Mother, & sister.
Know she is going to missed not only by her family, but everyone who knew her.
May she RIP & spread her wings with all the angels!

Ron & Faye Scott
Fincastle, VA

Nancy Ferguson Ayers

March 8, 2020

I was very saddened to hear about the passing of this special lady. She truly enjoyed life, and loved her family, her Lord and her Church. Her sweet smile and kind spirit will be missed by all that had the opportunity to know her. Her family and caregivers are in my thoughts and prayers.

Keith Alice, & Tommy Johnson

March 8, 2020

Bob & the rest of the Hopkin Family: So sorry to hear of your moms passing. Sending thoughts & prayers to you & the rest of the family at this time of sorrow.

JOAN ALMOND

March 7, 2020

I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH MRS.HOPKINS AT CVTC. SHE WAS A LOVELY LADY. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HER SMILE. MAY ALL YOUR MEMORIES BE OF COMFORT IN THE COMMING DAYS.

Jane Peters

March 7, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Crawford and Hopkins families. My family was deeply connected to Rev. Sam and his family back in the 50's and 60's. A wonderful family. I shall always remember hearing Ellen playing the organ when I attended FBC. May the wonderful memories sustain you during this time of loss.

Jamie Garza

March 7, 2020

I will always remember her beautiful smile and quick wit. She will be missed dearly ❤️

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