Betty Louise Noyes Hopkinson died on April 19, 2019 after a long illness. She is survived by her six children, their spouses, 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren: Jonathan and Barbara (McDowell) Hopkinson of Olathe, Kansas; David and Debra (Crump) Hopkinson of Hartford, Connecticut; Wendy Hopkinson and Mark Ferreira of Schenectady, NY; Heidi and Bob Escobar of Liverpool, NY; William Hopkinson of Manlius, NY; Harold and Donna Hopkinson III of West Bloomfield, Michigan.
Betty was predeceased by her loving husband of nearly 70 years, Harold Henry Hopkinson Jr. Harold (Hop) and Betty were born in 1928 in Northern Maine in towns about a ‘’days ride on a horse” apart. Betty was the daughter of Josiah M. Noyes, a farmer, and Merle Beckwith Noyes, a teacher, both of Limestone Maine. Betty’s sister, Barbara Leighton, age 94, continues to live at the family homestead. Betty loved to sing and often was chosen as a soloist. Betty was valedictorian of her high school class. She claimed to be a rebellious child and gave the example of insisting on reading Poe’s “Telltale Heart” at a class recitation, considered to be too morbid a story. Betty and Harold met on a blind date at the University of Maine, Orono, where he majored in engineering and she in Home Economics. The couple moved to Manlius after Hop began work at Carrier Corp.
Both Harold and Betty were active members in the Manlius community. Betty sang in the Methodist Church Choir when the children were small. She was a founding member of the Spade & Trowel Garden Club and a participant in the long running Monday Evening Club. She became an accredited-master flower show judge and loved to garden and teach others her love of flower arranging. Betty was active in the Manlius Historical Society. She supported Hop’s long elected tenure as a Village Board member. Betty loved to sew. She began to quilt in the 70’s and her sense of color and design paid off in the many stunning quilts she made over the years.
Betty was a strong advocate for all her children and took an interest in each of their varied studies. She loved all children and particularly loved her grandchildren. Betty was a wonderful caring friend and neighbor. She maintained friendships from all over the world. She was intelligent, politically astute, and knowledgeable regarding many topics. She valued education, lifelong learning, the beauty of the natural environment, history, and music of all kinds.
The family suggests donations to the Spade & Trowel Garden Club, for their civic projects in Manlius, in Betty’s honor. Donations may be mailed to the Spade & Trowel Garden Club, PO Box 6, Manlius, NY 13104-0006.
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