Mary R. Hopkins, 77, secretary, churchwoman

April 07, 2006

Mary R. Hopkins, a retired secretary and active church member, died from complications of dementia Tuesday at Manor Care Towson. The former Lutherville resident was 77.

She was born and raised Mary Ruth Coen in White Hall, and was a 1946 graduate of Jarrettsville High School.

During the 1950s, she was a secretary for Black & Decker and later at Massey Ferguson Inc. in Timonium, from which she retired in 1992. After retiring, she worked as a child-care giver at La Paix Day Nursery in Lutherville.

She was a 45-year member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Lutherville, where she taught Sunday school, was a member of the altar guild and a lector. A soprano, she also sang in the church choir and was a member of the Esther Circle of United Methodist Women.

In 1952, she married Curtis Winfield Hopkins, senior illustrator for Aircraft Armaments in Hunt Valley. He died in 1991.

She enjoyed yard sales, collecting metal tins and doing word-find books.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road, Towson.

Surviving are a son, Barry C. Hopkins of Evanston, Ill.; a daughter, Valerie A. Florian of Towson; a brother, Robert L. Coen of Street; and a grandson.

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