Helen M. Hopkins, 92, Social Security clerk

October 06, 2004

Helen M. Hopkins, a retired Social Security Administration examining clerk and former elevator operator, died of cardiac arrest Thursday in a doctor's office in Centreville. The Grasonville resident was 92.

She was born Helen M. Reed in Grasonville and raised in Towson. She was a graduate of the Downingtown Industrial and Agricultural School in Downingtown, Pa.

Mrs. Hopkins was a sales associate at the old downtown Hochschild Kohn department store from 1948 to 1959 and an elevator operator for nine years at the old main Baltimore post office on Calvert Street -- until 1968, when automated elevators were installed.

She was an examining clerk at Social Security headquarters in Woodlawn for seven years until retiring in 1975 and moving from East Baltimore to Grasonville with her husband, Linzie Hopkins. They built a home on the grounds of her birthplace. They had been married 21 years when he died in 1984.

Mrs. Hopkins enjoyed cooking, entertaining, reading and travel.

She had been a member for nearly a half-century of St. Paul Baptist Church, 3101 The Alameda in Baltimore, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today.

Mrs. Hopkins is survived by a son, John L. Williams III of Grasonville; a grandson; and a great-grandson. Her 1931 marriage to John Leon Williams Jr. ended in divorce.

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