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Nelda Hopkins

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[July 22, 2011]  MULBERRY GROVE -- Nelda L. Hopkins, 92, of Mulberry Grove, died Monday, July 18, 2011, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Mulberry Grove. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, with the Rev. Benjamin Potter and the Rev. Kenneth Hall officiating.

Interment will follow in Taylor Cemetery.

The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Hopkins and her husband lived various places in central Illinois as they followed his job with Marathon Oil Co. She worked in food service for the Champaign school districts and for the S&H Green Stamp store in Champaign. After his retirement on March 14, 1983, they moved back home near Pittsburg and lived in Mulberry Grove.

Nelda, daughter of Clarence and Mable Rench Eller, was born April 17, 1919, in Pittsburg, Ill. She grew up in the area and attended the local grade schools. She married Elbert Joseph Hopkins on Sept. 5, 1936, in Pittsburg. They enjoyed 56 years together before he died on Jan. 6, 1993.

She is survived by one son, Charles Hopkins and wife Loretta of Davenport, Fla.; three daughters, Janet Holmes of Lincoln, Sue Snodgrass and husband David of Ferdinand, Idaho, and Cheri Spies and husband Vernie of Greenville; a daughter-in-law, Linda Hopkins of Decatur; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren, and one sister, Norma Jean Waddelow of Pana.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Gary Hopkins; brothers Jack, John, Wayne, Byrl and two brothers in infancy; and sisters Ethel Dugan and Opal Siebert.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Mulberry.

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