Martha T. Hopkins, 87

Homemaker, veteran

May 03, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Martha T. "Marna" Hopkins, a homemaker who had served with the Marine Corps Women's Reserve during World War II, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Tuesday at a daughter's Ruxton home. She was 87.

Martha Thorne Elliott was born in St. Louis and raised in Glen Cove, N.Y., and Charlottesville, Va.

After graduating from the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pa., in 1939, she returned to Charlottesville, where she met her future husband, Allen C. Hopkins. In 1942, they both enlisted in the Marine Corps. A lieutenant, she was stationed at the Washington Navy Yard.

After she and her fiance were discharged in 1945, they married and moved to a home on North Charles Street. In 1966, they settled in Sparks.

Mr. Hopkins, an architect, died in 1981.

She was a member of the St. George's Garden Club from the 1950s through the 1970s. She also volunteered at the Ladew Topiary Gardens and the Maryland Historical Society. She had also been a member of the Sparks-Glencoe Community Association.

Since 2001, she had lived in Ruxton.

"She was a lover of dogs, politics, nature, fun and her 5 o'clock Tanqueray martini," said a daughter, Sydney C. Hopkins of Sparks.

Mrs. Hopkins was a communicant of St. John's Episcopal Church, 3738 Butler Road, Glyndon, where a memorial service will be held at noon today.

Also surviving are another daughter, Daisy Hopkins-Younquist of Ruxton; and two sisters, Joan E. Buck of Towson and Speedy Larsen of Charlottesville. A son, Speed E. Hopkins, died in 1993.

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