Obituaries for March 26

Written by Baker City Herald March 26, 2014 03:18 pm

Mary Hopkins

Baker City, 1921-2014

Mary Hopkins, 93, of Baker City, died March 19, 2014, at Settlers Park Assisted Living Community, in the embrace of loving family and compassionate caregivers. 

Her memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The family has invited all attending the service to share a dinner with them after the service.

Mary was born on Jan. 22, 1921, in Michigan. She was the second of four daughters born to Frank and Gertrude Howland. 

Her early years were spent with her family in Eastern Oregon and Idaho, including a part of the Cambridge Valley, known then and now as Advent Gulch. It was there she met her future husband, Orin Hopkins. They were married on Dec. 8, 1938.

Mary and Owen spent 30 wonderful years together before Orin tragically lost his life in a logging accident in 1968. In those 30 years, Mary and Orin raised their family while building up their Hopkins-Mason Logging operation and a cattle ranching business.

After her husband’s death, Mary continued to reside in the Baker Valley where she was an active volunteer in the Community Service Center for more than 30 years. She also served as deaconess in her church. When not serving in these areas, she was busy with her flower garden, quilting and numerous other crafts.

The family expressed special gratitude for the kind and loving care provided to Mary by the staff at Settler’s Park and Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice.

Survivors include her two daughters, Peggy, and her husband, Lyle Albracht, of Union and Deanna and her husband, Ray Clark, of  Haines; one sister, Georgia Wells of Baker City; eight grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Orin; two sisters, Myrtle Hansen and Betty Mason; one grandchild, Terry Albrecht; and one great-granddaughter, Danielle Woodbury.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice or a local charity of choice through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR 97814.