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Alice Hopkins - October 17, 2009


Virginia Alice Hopkins was born Feb. 26, 1913, to William Munson and Flossie Sophia (Spencer) Gettys on a homestead near New Castle, Wyo. Alice moved with her family to a farm near Bayard, Neb., during WWI, where she attended first grade. They moved back to New Castle and Alice continued her education.
After several years the family moved to Nebraska and settled on a farm south of Grainton near Alice’s grandparents and then on to Elsie, Neb. where she attended high school.
Alice and Oren Hopkins were married at Holyoke, Colo., on Aug. 27, 1930, and moved to a farm north of Wauneta where their four daughters, Yvonne, Joyce Patricia and Eleanor, were born. The family moved to the Grosbach farm on the east edge of Wauneta in 1937 where their children grew up and graduated from high school
Alice and Oren bought a farm north of Wauneta on Spring Creek in 1959 where they farmed until they retired and bought a home in Palisade, Neb., in 1980.
Alice was baptized as an infant in the New Castle Methodist Church, confirmed in the Grainton Methodist Church and joined the Wauneta Methodist Church when they moved to Wauneta. She was active in USCS, Circle, Eastern Star and Kensington, PTA, Federated Women’s Club, assisted with a Thrift Shop and was a member of Job’s Daughters.
Alice passed away early Sunday morning, Sept. 6, 2009, at the Imperial Manor Nursing Home, Imperial, Neb. She was 96 years of age.
Survivors include: daughters: Yvonne Wilson of Denver, Colo., Patricia McLeod of Seattle, Wash., and Eleanor and husband Jerome Muths of Palisade; 14 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and seven great, great grandchildren; sister Shirley and husband Gene Schack of Denver, Colo., and brother-in-law Earl Hopkins of Farnam, Neb.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents; infant twin brothers; husband Oren in August of 1996; daughter Joyce and husband Dennis Einspahr; sister Elsie and husband Wilbur Rodgers; brother-in-law Richard Hopkins and wife Norma; brothers-in-law Bernard, Leland, Lloyd, Harold and son-in-law Charles Wilson.
Graveside services for Alice Hopkins will be Friday afternoon, Sept. 11, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta, Neb., with Pastor Kay Alnor officiating.
Visitation will be held Thursday afternoon, Sept. 10, from 2-6 p.m. MT at the funeral home in Wauneta.
A memorial has been established in Alice’s memory.
Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta is in charge of arrangements.