NESS CITY -- Wilma Joy (Brown) Hopkins, 85, passed away on July 29, 2014, at the Hospice House in Hutchinson, KS. Wilma was born near Brownell, KS, on Jan. 3, 1929, to Jesse and Amelia (Keil) Brown. The family moved to a farm near Utica, KS, when Wilma was a teenager. She graduated from Utica High School in 1947. After high school she completed cosmetology school in Salina, KS.
Wilma met her future husband, Gene Hopkins, on a train in June 1946 as she was going to Salina and he was going to Chicago for his Navy discharge orders. They married on May 29, 1949, at Utica United Methodist Church. They moved to the Hopkins family farm near Utica and raised four children. They were married 63 years until Gene's death on April 12, 2013.
Wilma was active in her children's activities and on the farm. She enjoyed quilting and needlework, making dozens of quilts through the years.
Wilma is survived by daughters, Pamela (Dale) Peck, Lynda (Dale) Lindsley, and Paula Hopkins, all of Hutchinson; son, James (Teresa) Hopkins, of Marion, IL; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Janelda Harkness; brother, Jerry Brown; and many other family and friends.
Wilma is preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her brother, Bus; and her sister, Jeannie.
Cremation has taken place. Inurnment will be at the Utica Cememtery on Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. Family visitation will be at the Utica United Methodist Church immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Utica United Methodist Church or to Hospice House in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.