Betty Carol Hopp
March 11, 1929 – September 5, 2020
Betty was born in Chamberlain, SD to Carroll and Pearl Brade on March 11th, 1929. When Betty was 14 the family moved to Washington State for work. First settling in Seattle where Betty went to Highline Junior High. In 1944 Betty’s family moved north to Marysville (Tulalip). The bought a small store on the Tulalip Reservation. Betty’s father and brother built up the store so that the family could live there.
Betty went to Marysville High School starting as a sophomore. In 1943 Betty met the love of her life George David Hopp. Betty and George were married March 7, 1946 one year before she graduated high school in 1947.
Betty and George were able to build a house on the street the store was on where they raised their family of 5 boys. Living next to her brother and his family with their parents just down the street.
When the youngest of Betty’s boys was twelve in 1971, she began teaching. Betty loved teaching and enjoyed her years at Lakewood Elementary. She retired in 1988. After retirement she and George began traveling. They enjoyed their cross county trips.
In 1995 George passed away. Betty was able to continue living in the family home until 2017 when she broke her back and needed help. Tom and Cheri (son) opened their home and took good care of her.
Betty leaves behind her sons David (Karen), Daniel (Barbara), Tom (Cheri), Ken (Thelma) and John (Beth). Betty also lives behind 12 grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren who love and adore their Nana B.
Betty also leaves behind her only sibling, her brother Conrad (Lois) Brade. She adored her brother and told many stories about their growing up together. She leaves behind her nieces and nephew that have fond memories of growing up next door to her.
Mom will be missed by all of us.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Betty Carol Hopp
September 25, 2020
Mrs. Hopp was my daughter Trish's 4th grade teacher at Lakewood. She was a beloved teacher and wonderful memory for all of us. So sorry for you loss. She will be missed!
September 13, 2020
I was so sorry to read about Betty’s passing in today’s Herald. I grew up next to the store and across from Pearl and Carrol from three years of age on. I don’t remember exactly when Betty and George built their house and moved in, but maybe when I was around 8 or 9. David was a playmate, although quite a bit younger, but then Betty had Danny, born on my 10th birthday. Poor Betty, she was probably excited to have a new baby, but then this pesky neighborhood kid was at her door daily wanting to take care of the baby. I was pretty sure he was my special birthday gift. But then came Tommy, Keppy and Johnny in rather rapid succession and Betty actually hired me to help the summer I was 15. I earned $1.05 a day to help for three hours in the morning. Pretty special for me. After my dad died in 1963 my mom and I moved away, but I have such fond memories of Betty and the things she taught me, And very special memories of each of the boys: David, all those hours playing; Danny, treasuring you as my special birthday gift; Tommy, you and Jamie Weeks as best buds; Keppy, especially, for how mom and I had to return the daily paper to the paper box every day because you needed to deliver it to my dad, “Honk”, as you called him, when he came home from work. And, also, for an unforgettable moment the day after “Honk” died when you came to ask about him. And, Johnny, when I had to run out of the house barefoot and barely dressed to drag you off of the Rez Road when you were barely 2 because you couldn’t find your mom and decided to go look for her. (She was sleeping in a different room because one of you was sick.). To all of you I send my condolences.
Ann Westlund Distefano