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Elma Porter Hopkins
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Birth: Aug. 18, 1909
Death: Nov. 13, 2009

Elma Porter Hopkins, who died last week on November 13, was born over a century before on August 18, 1909, in the Plattsburg, Mo., home of her grandfather, a wounded Confederate veteran of the Civil War. Her affection for Plattsburg and her admiration for her grandfather and his cause were to endure throughout her life, the latter even as she welcomed the election of a president of Afro-American descent. Elma was valedictorian of the class of 1927 at Plattsburg High School and joined the Delta Delta Delta sorority at the University of Nebraska. After working in the Missouri Tax Office of Forest Smith, she began a long courtship with Glen Hopkins, whom she married in 1938. Their son Jim was born in 1941, and during the war, they were stationed with the Public Health Service in Pierre, S.D. Here she became skilled at hunting pheasants with a 410 shotgun, and devised a recipe for pheasant South Dakota style, which later appeared in the Kansas City Star. When her son left for college, Elma started to travel with Glen on a series of overseas consultations organized by the Department of State and the World Health Organization. The first was to Jordan, where she was able to visit the Holy Land and also to attend King Hussein's opulent birthday celebrations. Later consultations were held in Pakistan, India, Turkey, Iran and China. Elma combined these with trips to places not on the official itineraries, and she and Glen continued to travel long after his retirement. They did not stop until both were in their 90s, and Elma had been around the world three times. At the same time she also began painting, and this too became a lifelong passion. She started with tole painting and china decoration and moved on to pastels, oils, and finally to watercolors, in which she worked longest and most intensively. After studying painting for a number of years she began to teach, and held a succession of classes over three decades. For her teaching, Elma was made Program Volunteer of the Year for 1990 by the Southwestern District YMCA. She was Kansas City- Shawnee Mission Tri Delta of the Year for 1991, and in their Art Auction, was given both the Poseidon Award and the Grand Prize. At the time of her 98th birthday, her paintings were featured in the August/September 2007 issue of Social magazine. The article can be viewed at in the Biographical section and online condolences may also be written. In addition, Elma was a member of P.E.O. and the Eastern Star, a treasurer of the National League of Pen Women, a president of the Keramic Club and the L. Cosmo League; a regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. As these engagements indicate, she had a great appetite for life and a great capacity to enjoy activity and contact with others. Also she was deeply religious and remained steeped in the faith of her Plattsburg childhood. She was an ardent member of the Country Club Christian Church, and every Sunday, even while traveling, sought to attend a service of worship. This too brought many friends, particularly among those who combined devotion with a love of living and a sense of fun. She is survived by her son Jim; her four granddaughters, Laura, Kate, Anna, and Amelia; her great granddaughter Ruby, and her great grandson Frank, all of whom attended the celebration of her 100th birthday. There will be a visitation from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 21, at Mount Moriah and Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Road, followed by a graveside ceremony at 3 p.m. at Mount Moriah Cemetery. A memorial service will then be held at 4 p.m. at the Country Club Christian Church at 61st and Ward Parkway. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent for the Glen J. and Elma P. Hopkins Scholarship in Civil Engineering to the Office of the Treasurer, University Hall, Columbia, MO 65201. Arrangements under the direction of the Mount Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home in Kansas City, (816) 942-2004.
Published in Kansas City Star on November 18, 2009
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  Glen J Hopkins (1908 - 2005)*
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Mount Moriah Cemetery
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Mike Phillips
Record added: Nov 18, 2009
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