Forever In the Hearts They Leave Behind

Jean Hopkins

November 4, 1950 – January 20, 2017


Jean Elizabeth (Baney) Hopkins; born on November 4, 1950 in Hastings, Michigan, to Robert & Donita Baney; went to be at her Savior’s side on January 20, 2017.

Jean grew up with two brothers, Dennis (Bonnie) Baney and Jack (Kris) Baney, along with one sister, Susan Baney (John) Sedine in Kentwood, Michigan until age 14; when her family relocated to Stanwood, Michigan, where she graduated from Morley Stanwood High School in 1968.

The following year, Jean married Mark E. Hopkins on February 14, 1969 in a nice church wedding — Stanwood, Michigan.

Jean and Mark have 3 lovely daughters:  Darra (Bobber McLouth) Carpenter, Heidi (Angel) Hopkins Basen, and Tracy (Craig) Murdzia. Jean was blessed with 9 grandchildren: Dylan, Tyler, Madison, Austin, Trinity, Alec, Andrew, Andréana, and André. There is also her mother-in-law, Leona Mumah, her sister-in-law, DeEtta Hopkins, and two brother-in-laws, Gary (Kaye) Hopkins, and Lynn (Connie) Hopkins; as well as several nieces and nephews.

In 1980, Jean was hired by Muskegon County Head Start in Muskegon, Michigan. While working with Head Start, Jean went to night school to obtain a CDA (Child Development Associates) accreditation.  She worked her way from a teacher’s aide, to a teacher, and eventually to a site director after acquiring her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development in 2000.

Jean relocated with her husband to Mesa, Arizona for health reasons in 2002. She obtained a site director position with Maricopa County Head Start in Phoenix, Arizona. Later she was promoted to a Mentor Teacher position until 2013 when she went on long term disability.

While her daughters where growing up, Jean and her husband were active in foster care. During this time, they had about 125 children (mostly girls) live with them, generally 3-5 at a time (group home). Some of these children stayed well through their high school years. Many of these children have stayed in contact with Jean well after they transitioned from the foster care system.

Jean and Mark also opened their home to exchange students, mostly from Spain. Two of their children, Heidi and Tracy, were than able to go to Spain in return. It was a great experience for all.

Jean greatest hobby was sewing — making and embroidering many fine pieces of clothing and blankets. She also enjoyed working alongside her husband while renovating and remodeling their “Korner Kabin” in the Manistee National Forest — Bitely, Michigan. Traveling, reading, camping, fishing, and just conversing with people were other activities that she loved to do.

All that knew her — loved her. All are sadden by her passing. She will be remembered!!!

Visitation will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home on 7900 E Main Street in Mesa, AZ 85207 on Friday January 27, 2017 from 5pm to 9pm.

At The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 1483 N Driftwood Dr., Gilbert, AZ 85234, additional visitation will be held on Saturday January 28, 2017 from 10:00am to 11:30 am with funeral services to follow at 12:00pm.

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  1. DeEtta Hopkins says:

    Due to my belief in God and His promise for eternal life after death here on earth, I will see my beloved sister-in-law again. She is now watching over us from heaven and knows how much she was loved by everyone . Rest in peace, Jean. Love, DeEtta

  2. Debi Eek Pearson says:

    My heart truly breaks for you all! The memories that I have with Aunt Jenny, Uncle Mark, and all the girls in my younger years, make me smile to this day. I know my mom and dad would probably agree that I’m glad our families paths crossed and intertwined. Experiences that I had with the haka Hopkins I will always carry in my heart. From Camp Lifeline, to camping in general, to SeaWorld, and for all the awesome friends I made through knowing the Hopkins, all of these experiences have helped shape me into the person I am today and I will be forever grateful. Thank you Aunt Jeannie For The Memories.

  3. Debi says:

    Aunt Jeannie of course, not aunt jennie!

  4. Tracy (Hopkins) Murdzia says:

    Words can not express the heart ache we have with her passing. She was my light house through many of the rough times. She was an angel sent from heaven to guide many on their journeys, and now she has been called home. I will miss you terribly mom….I love you to the moon and back. I will see you again.

  5. Dana Humphrey says:

    Grandma you was truly an amazing woman in every way. One of the most strongest woman I know. When you would come visit and our rooms wasn’t clean you would make us clean them until you approved of it. If we gave mom and dad to much attitude, mom would always threatened to call you to get us in line. But once she said she was calling you, our attitudes changed fast. Heaven has gained another Beautiful Angel. And you will truly be missed. Gone but never Forgotten. R.I.H Grandma Hopkins

  6. Denise Sheffer says:

    Darra, Andre, Andreana, Madison (and the rest of the family ) my prayers are with you. I loved babysitting for all the girls – Jean was an amazing woman with an amazing heart.

  7. Erica says:

    I am one of the foster kids that had the honor of having Jean and Mark for foster parents. My heart is broken, Tears are pouring like rain. Jean was an amazing woman, she had the patience of a saint, the smile of an angel, heart of gold, and she loved all of us foster kids as if we were her own. Jean opened her home and heart to anyone that needed it. Jean you will be sincerely missed but it was my honor to call you my foster mom. Fly high!!!! You have beyond earned your wings. I love you and I will miss you!!!

  8. Kathy Hopkins says:

    To Mark and all your family, we are so sorry for your loss. Jean was such a sweet lady with a loving smile. we had such a nice time at the Hopkins reunion last summer, enjoyed your company. We wil certainly keep you all in our prayers knowing Jeannie is keeping a heavenly eye on all of us. R I P Jean, love Norm and Kathy

  9. Staci Lamsma says:

    I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. Your family is in my prayers.

  10. Annisha Murdoch says:

    You were an angel to so many Jean. Your legacy will be felt by all who knew you. Thank you for touching my life in such a mighty way. You always had such wisdom beyond your years and I will always remember the times I needed to talk, that you always had an ear to lend.

  11. Alice says:

    Jean. I haven’t known you very long but fell in love with your gentle spirit. You will be missed. I guess God wanted someone as beautiful as you up there with him. I know we will all be together soon. You made all of us better by knowing you.

  12. Robert Davidson says:

    We were a wild bunch back in Burton. I remember with great pleasure the camping we did with the Baneys at Lake Nepessing. I also recall fun times playing hide and seek, and Pom Pom Tackle, behind our neighbors yard on Scottwood. I think it was Jean that first got me to try a peach. She promised it would taste good, despite the fuzz on its skin. She taught me how to prepare Milk Toast Baney-style, and I recall her teaching my mother how to paint roses. I treasure the memories of how close our families were back then. Family moves and events have taken us in different directions, but the blessing of our past is secure. Please accept my condolences for Jean’s husband, children, sister and brothers.

  13. Barbara Klingenmaier says:

    What wonderful memories I have as “being part of the family” all the years I supervised “my kids” in the group home. Remember the jokes about the enclosed porch being finished as my bedroom? I think it was actually meant to a laundry room eventually. I was so protective of the Hopkin’s home, other Foster Care workers felt they had to clear placements with me. Jean and Mark gave and gave and gave some more. Those were wonderful years we shared.

  14. LIsa Clear Darrow says:

    Aunt Jean,

    I remember summer sleepovers, playing in the pond, sneaking out of the house with Kathy, Darra and a couple of the foster girls, then having to come back to your house to be grounded with the rest of the girls the following weekend.

    I remember your educational tour of my home town instead of going to the mall. I remember your laughter when you, Uncle Mark, Mom, Dad, Aunt Sue and Uncle John were together. I remember camping with you! Every time our families were together it was a good time. I will miss you, along with your wonderful hugs.

    Uncle Mark and girls (and the rest of our family), my heart is sad for you and all of us. My solace is Aunt Jean is free from pain. I pray for peace for each of you. Love, Lisa

  15. Maddy carpenter says:

    There are so many good memories i can recall, disney land, camping, swimming, hiking, sewing, mexico , teaching me how to crochet, and playing with that finger puppet mouse when i was little just to name a few, 🙂 and now as an adult you helped mitchell and i achieve our goal of owning a house and i am so grateful!!
    Thank you for all that you have done for me and for all that you have tought me. I will see you again one day, i love you so much!!

  16. Gaylynn humphrey says:

    Grandma you where a great person in and out you have a huge heart . I will never forgot the day you made me my blanky i sleep with it every night and its one thing i will never let go of . You’ve help me through alot of things in my life when ever i needed yours and grandpas help all i had to do was call and you guys came running i will miss you very much and im glade i have a part of you that sleeps with me every night … R.I.P GRANDMA heaven has got the greatest angel yet …

  17. Valerie Newman/Walters says:

    Sometimes you don’t know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory… Jean left many loving memories she was an amazing person…Love and Prayers,,,Valerie

  18. Rachelle Lambson Kurtz-Weathers says:

    I don’t know how to fully express just what a difference Jean made in my life. She showed me how to be a strong, caring, warm, woman by being all of this and more. She was so caring and generous and giving. I had given up on people, trusted no one, and had even given up on myself. Then Jean rescued me from Child Haven. She spent the next 3 years breaking down my walls and showing me that she could be trusted. She restored my faith in people, my faith in myself, and my relationship with my family. She never gave up on me. And she did this for every girl that came her way. She had such a huge heart and so much love. In so many ways, the person I am today was shaped by her.

    One memory I have in particular is a perfect example of just how generous and caring Jean was. When I first came to live with the family I had almost nothing to my name. I had like 2 pairs of pants and a hand full of shirts. When Jean saw that I had nothing, she literally went into her own closet and started pulling out clothes for me. She didn’t pull out old clothes, or stuff she didn’t like or wear anymore. She purposely picked and chose items that she thought I would like. I was shocked as no one had ever done anything like that for me before. She gave me so many clothes that I couldn’t carry them all. That was my first day there and I have never forgotten it. I have always loved her for that.

    My heart goes out to Mark, Darra, Heidi, and Tracy for your loss. I have always been grateful for the time I was part of your family.

  19. Dawn Pearce Baird says:

    Didn’t matter if you were family, a foster or one of her kids friends..you were always welcome and loved in her eyes ♡ I had many great memories of hanging at the Hopkins during high school with Darra.
    When I seen Jean was sick I messaged Darra to express my sorrow and tell her to make as many memories as she could right away and not wait. Treasure those memories♡

  20. Kat Chapman says:

    Jean was the only mom I ever had. I am incredibly grateful that she saved me. There are not enough words to fully express what mom means to me.
    Below is what I posted to her….
    You stood your ground when I pushed you away. You opened not only your home, heart and family to me but my heart as well. You taught me through example. You showed me what love, self worth, forgiveness, compassion and determination looked like. You made me believe in me. You taught me how to apply those to my life. You are the reason I am who I am. You are an amazing woman that I am honored to call Mom. Thank you for your guidance and love. Until we meet again, love you ??

  21. Judy Bell says:

    Words are not sufficient to express the impact Jean has left for so many children , coworkers, and – most importantly – her family members.
    Jean was so strong to the end, supporting her loving husband Mark as well as her daughters, fosters, and so many others she touched with her big heart and unconditional love ❤️
    I will miss our special “closed door” moments when we shared tears, triumphs and love for our families.
    Mark – she was so concerned about you and couldn’t hide her enduring love for you!
    Heidi- you, Tyler and Alec were so special to Jean- and Angel and his family also. So much love for all of you!
    Datra and Tracy – you were always on the top of her list to share how the grandkids were doing. She was one proud Mom and Grandma!
    I will miss Jean so much, and cherish her memory! Aw shucks ?
    I miss this wonderful lady!

  22. Adela Torres says:

    Jean was always game to perform our Music and Movement Head Start Worships. I gave her the name Jean Jean the Dancing Machine. Due to her first day on the job she told me she had to have knee surgery wasn’t sure about taking the Mentor position but you all know Jean… never a quitter. We had the most memorable 10 years together designing creating systems to enhance Best Preschool Practices for our Head Start Children and Families. She was always game for employee pranks we would kidnap supervisors stuffed animals and take them with us to out of state conferences posting picture where and whenever we could. We even talked the stewardess and pilot to pose with animals. Think we created the Flat Stanly theory lol my Jean Jean the dancing Machine will be truly missed.

  23. Michelle Jarosinski says:

    Jean brought calmness laughter and friendship. Taught me how to start making a quilt. Trying to figure out how to finish. Thats is my goal so I can keep her spirit always in my heart.

  24. Mary Reens says:

    Mom Jean the only thing i can think of to say is thank you for being wonderful you and never giving up on me and knowing what was best for me even when i thought i knew it all.Your calling was to teach and teach did you are my inspiration and missed you will be but forever in my heart i will love you forever i will see you again one day until we meet again mom and dad Hopkins thanks again for the common sense you helped me gain so greatful .

  25. Erica says:

    I have a few memories that have stuck with me through the years. I think the best one is this one. I would always joke with mom (Jean) and tell her I was going to runaway. I guess she got me back for that though. I went to work in the onion fields for my summer job. I got home to the house in Ravenna and when I walked through the door mom took my coat right out of my hands and told me to go sit at the table. My probation officer even was there. I looked at her and asked her what I had done wrong. Well, a check book had got misplaced and mom thought I took it cause I always said I was going to runaway. She searched me, my coat and my room but there was no checkbook. Well after a while mom remembered where it was. LOL!! She apologized repeatedly for thinking that I had taken it. I did not hold it against her. But I tell ya I never told her I was going to runaway again. LOL!!! I wanted to join the marching band. I was really nervous about trying out for the band. Mom (Jean) helped me to get the courage to try out. I made it. I got home from school that day and told her that I had made the band. She smiled at me with a proud smile and told me how proud of me she was. I remember a time we had to march and of course we marched right down the street of the house in Ravenna. Mom was outside being camera savy. LOL !!! YES, I still have them pictures and think back how embarrassed I was having mom standing there taking the pics. But now as I look back I am very greatful that she did. She was an amazing person. The Heavens gained an amazing Angel when she passed. I do not think that I can even find the words to describe what she did for me or the impact she had on my life, or how lucky I was to even beable to call her my foster mom. You will be severly missed. I love you Jean. Fly High sweetie!!!

  26. Barbara Drummond says:

    Jean was my best friend. Her daughter Tracy was in my Head Start classroom, when I made my first home visit Jean welcomed me into her home and became my friend. She was a great mom and foster parent, and the love she had for everyone always made her shine. She decided to teach preschool and got her degree, Mark always supported her and it was amazing to see her teach, mentor to others, provide for her family and be a mother to her children. We had fun together, teaching, going to meetings, Going back to school, camping in the summer together, our daughters roomed together at college.
    So much history and she was always there to listen, share and support. Some of my fondest memories are when we taught classes together at Hope College, she loved to share her experiences raising all her girls, such funny ancedotes to every situation. Jean will be missed by so many, her wonderful husband Mark, her family, all the children who call her mom, friends and strangers, she was and is an inspiration to us all. Thank You Jean for being my friend ❤️

  27. Tracy (Hopkins) Murdzia says:

    Mom was an inspiration to so many. She would opened her heart and her home to anyone who needed her. I know we weren’t angels growing up but she always stood by us no matter what, always showing us how much she and dad loved us. My sisters could tell you how much of a brat I was growing up but mom never did. My fondest memory would have to be when we lived on Barnes Road. She cut the cord to the phone while one of the girls was talking on it, after asking her several times to get off of it of course. She than walked out to the back deck, and threw the phone….I didn’t know a phone could fly that far! She almost hit the girl’s probation officer. I don’t think I ever laughed so hard. But that was mom, always teaching you a lesson without yelling and screaming, always understanding. She will truly be missed but I know she looking over each of us and we will see her again. I love you to the moon and back…..

  28. Patricia Field says:

    I have so many memories. Jean custom fitted the bridesmaids dresses for my oldest sons wedding. She would come home from work, get her mail and I would go sit with her on the front porch talking until Mark came home. I’ll always be thankful for the time she helped me through a time of depression by putting me in the shower, clothes and all, then walking me around the block until I calmed down. I’ll miss her at the New Year’s Eve fire pit and firecracker party complete with popcorn, Smores and great fellowship. Prayers go out to Mark, the girls and all the extended family and friends.

  29. Jackie O'Neil says:

    Oh my, I am so sorry to hear about Jean. I don’t go on my computer very often so I just read about her. As all have said she was one of a kind and a very sweet and caring woman. Mark you have all my prayers and I am so very sorry. I lived right next to Jean and Mark, in Bitely. I saw all the work they put in there little spot and Jean loved it up there when they had a chance to come up. She loved to plant her flowers and the great outdoors. She will be missed. I do not live up there any more but I hope Mark still comes up and does all the things he loves..

  30. Gary & Diane Wahl says:

    To Mark and all of your family, we were so saddened to hear of Jean’s passing. Cancer is a heartless disease and she fought it bravely. Such a beautiful person, loved by so many, Jean will be missed terribly. Love and Prayers, Gary and Diane

  31. Gary and Kaye Hopkins says:

    We knew Jean for over 48 years. She was a great sister-in-law, very kind and generous. Always making something special for you or giving something to you — things like decorative table runners, personalized golf towels, a flower to plant in your yard or some jam she had made. She made you feel special because you knew she was thinking of you and cared about you.
    As we think back about the many times spent with Jean, one thing that stands out is the fact that we cannot remember seeing Jean in an angry mood. She always appeared happy and smiling. I’m sure there were times when she was angry or upset, but she did not show it and did not let it dampen her “happy spirit”. That is the thing that we will remember and the image of Jean that will stick with us – a happy, smiling and caring sister-in-law. She will be missed but not forgotten.
    With love and fond memories,
    Kaye and Gary Hopkins

  32. Susan Sedine says:

    To My Loving Sister, There is so many Memories that we shared in the years we were together, You were the Greatest Sis, and I want to Thank You for that.
    I do not think I can ever find the words to describe the impact you and Mark had on so many lives, You and Mark were great to everyone you touched
    I will miss you dearly with the times we shared sewing, shopping for all our flowers, going to the Quilt shows and swimming for hours and i mean hours.
    My heart go’s out to Mark and the girl, with many prayers
    I know you and Mark Loved working on the Korner Kabin, You can see the love you both put in to it
    we will all have many fond memory.
    I know that you will have your arms open for the day we meet again, and I know you will watch over us everyday. Prayers always in my Heart, Sis
    Love you all (Mark and Family) Sue

  33. Kathie Humphrey says:

    Mom I want to thank you for everything you have done and gave me and showed me life when I was a young girl you came and got me from Child Haven and took me into your home and shared your love with me mom i love u R,I.P

  34. Shelly colson says:

    Mom so sorry to hear of you leaving this earth but God has better plans for you in heaven where I will see you again one day. one thing you taught me in life is to be positive! Something I practice today daily . Not a day goes by that I dont think about you . rip love shelly

  35. Jennifer Grannis says:

    My memories of Aunt Jean are many. Where to begin is the problem. The one thing that continues to come to mind is the patience she had. I struggle to have patience with my own children; she had it for all children and more than enough for those that needed the most. I admired her for opening her home and heart to those that she fostered. Those girls came to her as strangers and left as one of her own.

    I remember Aunt Jean having a way of telling a story. She could be telling an embarrassing story about you. When she would finish you would be laughing and not so embarrassed . She could take the sting off. Her laugh was contagious!

    Aunt Jean loved to make us homemade gifts. When I was young I never fully appreciated the time and effort that went into those special gifts. Now I hold those gifts close and with great love for the heart that thought of me and the hands that crated them. How I wish for just one more handmade gift from her.

    I love you Aunt Jean. I will miss your smile, laughter and encouragement. Thank you for sharing with me the example of true patience and understanding. I will look for you in the clouds and in the rainbows as God keeps his angel close. Give Aronn a hug for me .

    Jennifer

  36. Lucile fremont says:

     It is with deep sorrow that i have learned of jean ‘s death. The hopkins family have welcomed me for vacation in july 1996 . I came from France and it was à great expérience. Jean and mark used to be vers generous to me and also in helping the foster girls I met during that month. Today internet helps us to research people we have met. Obviously I m sad to Learn that jean left this world .she was born the same year as my own mom. She was à good mom and wife. Best regards . Lucile from France

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Jean Hopkins

November 4, 1950 – January 20, 2017


Jean Elizabeth (Baney) Hopkins; born on November 4, 1950 in Hastings, Michigan, to Robert & Donita Baney; went to be at her Savior’s side on January 20, 2017.

Jean grew up with two brothers, Dennis (Bonnie) Baney and Jack (Kris) Baney, along with one sister, Susan Baney (John) Sedine in Kentwood, Michigan until age 14; when her family relocated to Stanwood, Michigan, where she graduated from Morley Stanwood High School in 1968.

The following year, Jean married Mark E. Hopkins on February 14, 1969 in a nice church wedding — Stanwood, Michigan.

Jean and Mark have 3 lovely daughters:  Darra (Bobber McLouth) Carpenter, Heidi (Angel) Hopkins Basen, and Tracy (Craig) Murdzia. Jean was blessed with 9 grandchildren: Dylan, Tyler, Madison, Austin, Trinity, Alec, Andrew, Andréana, and André. There is also her mother-in-law, Leona Mumah, her sister-in-law, DeEtta Hopkins, and two brother-in-laws, Gary (Kaye) Hopkins, and Lynn (Connie) Hopkins; as well as several nieces and nephews.

In 1980, Jean was hired by Muskegon County Head Start in Muskegon, Michigan. While working with Head Start, Jean went to night school to obtain a CDA (Child Development Associates) accreditation.  She worked her way from a teacher’s aide, to a teacher, and eventually to a site director after acquiring her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development in 2000.

Jean relocated with her husband to Mesa, Arizona for health reasons in 2002. She obtained a site director position with Maricopa County Head Start in Phoenix, Arizona. Later she was promoted to a Mentor Teacher position until 2013 when she went on long term disability.

While her daughters where growing up, Jean and her husband were active in foster care. During this time, they had about 125 children (mostly girls) live with them, generally 3-5 at a time (group home). Some of these children stayed well through their high school years. Many of these children have stayed in contact with Jean well after they transitioned from the foster care system.

Jean and Mark also opened their home to exchange students, mostly from Spain. Two of their children, Heidi and Tracy, were than able to go to Spain in return. It was a great experience for all.

Jean greatest hobby was sewing — making and embroidering many fine pieces of clothing and blankets. She also enjoyed working alongside her husband while renovating and remodeling their “Korner Kabin” in the Manistee National Forest — Bitely, Michigan. Traveling, reading, camping, fishing, and just conversing with people were other activities that she loved to do.

All that knew her — loved her. All are sadden by her passing. She will be remembered!!!

Visitation will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home on 7900 E Main Street in Mesa, AZ 85207 on Friday January 27, 2017 from 5pm to 9pm.

At The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 1483 N Driftwood Dr., Gilbert, AZ 85234, additional visitation will be held on Saturday January 28, 2017 from 10:00am to 11:30 am with funeral services to follow at 12:00pm.

36 responses to “Jean Hopkins”

  1. DeEtta Hopkins says:

    Due to my belief in God and His promise for eternal life after death here on earth, I will see my beloved sister-in-law again. She is now watching over us from heaven and knows how much she was loved by everyone . Rest in peace, Jean. Love, DeEtta

  2. Debi Eek Pearson says:

    My heart truly breaks for you all! The memories that I have with Aunt Jenny, Uncle Mark, and all the girls in my younger years, make me smile to this day. I know my mom and dad would probably agree that I’m glad our families paths crossed and intertwined. Experiences that I had with the haka Hopkins I will always carry in my heart. From Camp Lifeline, to camping in general, to SeaWorld, and for all the awesome friends I made through knowing the Hopkins, all of these experiences have helped shape me into the person I am today and I will be forever grateful. Thank you Aunt Jeannie For The Memories.

  3. Debi says:

    Aunt Jeannie of course, not aunt jennie!

  4. Tracy (Hopkins) Murdzia says:

    Words can not express the heart ache we have with her passing. She was my light house through many of the rough times. She was an angel sent from heaven to guide many on their journeys, and now she has been called home. I will miss you terribly mom….I love you to the moon and back. I will see you again.

  5. Dana Humphrey says:

    Grandma you was truly an amazing woman in every way. One of the most strongest woman I know. When you would come visit and our rooms wasn’t clean you would make us clean them until you approved of it. If we gave mom and dad to much attitude, mom would always threatened to call you to get us in line. But once she said she was calling you, our attitudes changed fast. Heaven has gained another Beautiful Angel. And you will truly be missed. Gone but never Forgotten. R.I.H Grandma Hopkins

  6. Denise Sheffer says:

    Darra, Andre, Andreana, Madison (and the rest of the family ) my prayers are with you. I loved babysitting for all the girls – Jean was an amazing woman with an amazing heart.

  7. Erica says:

    I am one of the foster kids that had the honor of having Jean and Mark for foster parents. My heart is broken, Tears are pouring like rain. Jean was an amazing woman, she had the patience of a saint, the smile of an angel, heart of gold, and she loved all of us foster kids as if we were her own. Jean opened her home and heart to anyone that needed it. Jean you will be sincerely missed but it was my honor to call you my foster mom. Fly high!!!! You have beyond earned your wings. I love you and I will miss you!!!

  8. Kathy Hopkins says:

    To Mark and all your family, we are so sorry for your loss. Jean was such a sweet lady with a loving smile. we had such a nice time at the Hopkins reunion last summer, enjoyed your company. We wil certainly keep you all in our prayers knowing Jeannie is keeping a heavenly eye on all of us. R I P Jean, love Norm and Kathy

  9. Staci Lamsma says:

    I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. Your family is in my prayers.

  10. Annisha Murdoch says:

    You were an angel to so many Jean. Your legacy will be felt by all who knew you. Thank you for touching my life in such a mighty way. You always had such wisdom beyond your years and I will always remember the times I needed to talk, that you always had an ear to lend.

  11. Alice says:

    Jean. I haven’t known you very long but fell in love with your gentle spirit. You will be missed. I guess God wanted someone as beautiful as you up there with him. I know we will all be together soon. You made all of us better by knowing you.

  12. Robert Davidson says:

    We were a wild bunch back in Burton. I remember with great pleasure the camping we did with the Baneys at Lake Nepessing. I also recall fun times playing hide and seek, and Pom Pom Tackle, behind our neighbors yard on Scottwood. I think it was Jean that first got me to try a peach. She promised it would taste good, despite the fuzz on its skin. She taught me how to prepare Milk Toast Baney-style, and I recall her teaching my mother how to paint roses. I treasure the memories of how close our families were back then. Family moves and events have taken us in different directions, but the blessing of our past is secure. Please accept my condolences for Jean’s husband, children, sister and brothers.

  13. Barbara Klingenmaier says:

    What wonderful memories I have as “being part of the family” all the years I supervised “my kids” in the group home. Remember the jokes about the enclosed porch being finished as my bedroom? I think it was actually meant to a laundry room eventually. I was so protective of the Hopkin’s home, other Foster Care workers felt they had to clear placements with me. Jean and Mark gave and gave and gave some more. Those were wonderful years we shared.

  14. LIsa Clear Darrow says:

    Aunt Jean,

    I remember summer sleepovers, playing in the pond, sneaking out of the house with Kathy, Darra and a couple of the foster girls, then having to come back to your house to be grounded with the rest of the girls the following weekend.

    I remember your educational tour of my home town instead of going to the mall. I remember your laughter when you, Uncle Mark, Mom, Dad, Aunt Sue and Uncle John were together. I remember camping with you! Every time our families were together it was a good time. I will miss you, along with your wonderful hugs.

    Uncle Mark and girls (and the rest of our family), my heart is sad for you and all of us. My solace is Aunt Jean is free from pain. I pray for peace for each of you. Love, Lisa

  15. Maddy carpenter says:

    There are so many good memories i can recall, disney land, camping, swimming, hiking, sewing, mexico , teaching me how to crochet, and playing with that finger puppet mouse when i was little just to name a few, 🙂 and now as an adult you helped mitchell and i achieve our goal of owning a house and i am so grateful!!
    Thank you for all that you have done for me and for all that you have tought me. I will see you again one day, i love you so much!!

  16. Gaylynn humphrey says:

    Grandma you where a great person in and out you have a huge heart . I will never forgot the day you made me my blanky i sleep with it every night and its one thing i will never let go of . You’ve help me through alot of things in my life when ever i needed yours and grandpas help all i had to do was call and you guys came running i will miss you very much and im glade i have a part of you that sleeps with me every night … R.I.P GRANDMA heaven has got the greatest angel yet …

  17. Valerie Newman/Walters says:

    Sometimes you don’t know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory… Jean left many loving memories she was an amazing person…Love and Prayers,,,Valerie

  18. Rachelle Lambson Kurtz-Weathers says:

    I don’t know how to fully express just what a difference Jean made in my life. She showed me how to be a strong, caring, warm, woman by being all of this and more. She was so caring and generous and giving. I had given up on people, trusted no one, and had even given up on myself. Then Jean rescued me from Child Haven. She spent the next 3 years breaking down my walls and showing me that she could be trusted. She restored my faith in people, my faith in myself, and my relationship with my family. She never gave up on me. And she did this for every girl that came her way. She had such a huge heart and so much love. In so many ways, the person I am today was shaped by her.

    One memory I have in particular is a perfect example of just how generous and caring Jean was. When I first came to live with the family I had almost nothing to my name. I had like 2 pairs of pants and a hand full of shirts. When Jean saw that I had nothing, she literally went into her own closet and started pulling out clothes for me. She didn’t pull out old clothes, or stuff she didn’t like or wear anymore. She purposely picked and chose items that she thought I would like. I was shocked as no one had ever done anything like that for me before. She gave me so many clothes that I couldn’t carry them all. That was my first day there and I have never forgotten it. I have always loved her for that.

    My heart goes out to Mark, Darra, Heidi, and Tracy for your loss. I have always been grateful for the time I was part of your family.

  19. Dawn Pearce Baird says:

    Didn’t matter if you were family, a foster or one of her kids friends..you were always welcome and loved in her eyes ♡ I had many great memories of hanging at the Hopkins during high school with Darra.
    When I seen Jean was sick I messaged Darra to express my sorrow and tell her to make as many memories as she could right away and not wait. Treasure those memories♡

  20. Kat Chapman says:

    Jean was the only mom I ever had. I am incredibly grateful that she saved me. There are not enough words to fully express what mom means to me.
    Below is what I posted to her….
    You stood your ground when I pushed you away. You opened not only your home, heart and family to me but my heart as well. You taught me through example. You showed me what love, self worth, forgiveness, compassion and determination looked like. You made me believe in me. You taught me how to apply those to my life. You are the reason I am who I am. You are an amazing woman that I am honored to call Mom. Thank you for your guidance and love. Until we meet again, love you ??

  21. Judy Bell says:

    Words are not sufficient to express the impact Jean has left for so many children , coworkers, and – most importantly – her family members.
    Jean was so strong to the end, supporting her loving husband Mark as well as her daughters, fosters, and so many others she touched with her big heart and unconditional love ❤️
    I will miss our special “closed door” moments when we shared tears, triumphs and love for our families.
    Mark – she was so concerned about you and couldn’t hide her enduring love for you!
    Heidi- you, Tyler and Alec were so special to Jean- and Angel and his family also. So much love for all of you!
    Datra and Tracy – you were always on the top of her list to share how the grandkids were doing. She was one proud Mom and Grandma!
    I will miss Jean so much, and cherish her memory! Aw shucks ?
    I miss this wonderful lady!

  22. Adela Torres says:

    Jean was always game to perform our Music and Movement Head Start Worships. I gave her the name Jean Jean the Dancing Machine. Due to her first day on the job she told me she had to have knee surgery wasn’t sure about taking the Mentor position but you all know Jean… never a quitter. We had the most memorable 10 years together designing creating systems to enhance Best Preschool Practices for our Head Start Children and Families. She was always game for employee pranks we would kidnap supervisors stuffed animals and take them with us to out of state conferences posting picture where and whenever we could. We even talked the stewardess and pilot to pose with animals. Think we created the Flat Stanly theory lol my Jean Jean the dancing Machine will be truly missed.

  23. Michelle Jarosinski says:

    Jean brought calmness laughter and friendship. Taught me how to start making a quilt. Trying to figure out how to finish. Thats is my goal so I can keep her spirit always in my heart.

  24. Mary Reens says:

    Mom Jean the only thing i can think of to say is thank you for being wonderful you and never giving up on me and knowing what was best for me even when i thought i knew it all.Your calling was to teach and teach did you are my inspiration and missed you will be but forever in my heart i will love you forever i will see you again one day until we meet again mom and dad Hopkins thanks again for the common sense you helped me gain so greatful .

  25. Erica says:

    I have a few memories that have stuck with me through the years. I think the best one is this one. I would always joke with mom (Jean) and tell her I was going to runaway. I guess she got me back for that though. I went to work in the onion fields for my summer job. I got home to the house in Ravenna and when I walked through the door mom took my coat right out of my hands and told me to go sit at the table. My probation officer even was there. I looked at her and asked her what I had done wrong. Well, a check book had got misplaced and mom thought I took it cause I always said I was going to runaway. She searched me, my coat and my room but there was no checkbook. Well after a while mom remembered where it was. LOL!! She apologized repeatedly for thinking that I had taken it. I did not hold it against her. But I tell ya I never told her I was going to runaway again. LOL!!! I wanted to join the marching band. I was really nervous about trying out for the band. Mom (Jean) helped me to get the courage to try out. I made it. I got home from school that day and told her that I had made the band. She smiled at me with a proud smile and told me how proud of me she was. I remember a time we had to march and of course we marched right down the street of the house in Ravenna. Mom was outside being camera savy. LOL !!! YES, I still have them pictures and think back how embarrassed I was having mom standing there taking the pics. But now as I look back I am very greatful that she did. She was an amazing person. The Heavens gained an amazing Angel when she passed. I do not think that I can even find the words to describe what she did for me or the impact she had on my life, or how lucky I was to even beable to call her my foster mom. You will be severly missed. I love you Jean. Fly High sweetie!!!

  26. Barbara Drummond says:

    Jean was my best friend. Her daughter Tracy was in my Head Start classroom, when I made my first home visit Jean welcomed me into her home and became my friend. She was a great mom and foster parent, and the love she had for everyone always made her shine. She decided to teach preschool and got her degree, Mark always supported her and it was amazing to see her teach, mentor to others, provide for her family and be a mother to her children. We had fun together, teaching, going to meetings, Going back to school, camping in the summer together, our daughters roomed together at college.
    So much history and she was always there to listen, share and support. Some of my fondest memories are when we taught classes together at Hope College, she loved to share her experiences raising all her girls, such funny ancedotes to every situation. Jean will be missed by so many, her wonderful husband Mark, her family, all the children who call her mom, friends and strangers, she was and is an inspiration to us all. Thank You Jean for being my friend ❤️

  27. Tracy (Hopkins) Murdzia says:

    Mom was an inspiration to so many. She would opened her heart and her home to anyone who needed her. I know we weren’t angels growing up but she always stood by us no matter what, always showing us how much she and dad loved us. My sisters could tell you how much of a brat I was growing up but mom never did. My fondest memory would have to be when we lived on Barnes Road. She cut the cord to the phone while one of the girls was talking on it, after asking her several times to get off of it of course. She than walked out to the back deck, and threw the phone….I didn’t know a phone could fly that far! She almost hit the girl’s probation officer. I don’t think I ever laughed so hard. But that was mom, always teaching you a lesson without yelling and screaming, always understanding. She will truly be missed but I know she looking over each of us and we will see her again. I love you to the moon and back…..

  28. Patricia Field says:

    I have so many memories. Jean custom fitted the bridesmaids dresses for my oldest sons wedding. She would come home from work, get her mail and I would go sit with her on the front porch talking until Mark came home. I’ll always be thankful for the time she helped me through a time of depression by putting me in the shower, clothes and all, then walking me around the block until I calmed down. I’ll miss her at the New Year’s Eve fire pit and firecracker party complete with popcorn, Smores and great fellowship. Prayers go out to Mark, the girls and all the extended family and friends.

  29. Jackie O'Neil says:

    Oh my, I am so sorry to hear about Jean. I don’t go on my computer very often so I just read about her. As all have said she was one of a kind and a very sweet and caring woman. Mark you have all my prayers and I am so very sorry. I lived right next to Jean and Mark, in Bitely. I saw all the work they put in there little spot and Jean loved it up there when they had a chance to come up. She loved to plant her flowers and the great outdoors. She will be missed. I do not live up there any more but I hope Mark still comes up and does all the things he loves..

  30. Gary & Diane Wahl says:

    To Mark and all of your family, we were so saddened to hear of Jean’s passing. Cancer is a heartless disease and she fought it bravely. Such a beautiful person, loved by so many, Jean will be missed terribly. Love and Prayers, Gary and Diane

  31. Gary and Kaye Hopkins says:

    We knew Jean for over 48 years. She was a great sister-in-law, very kind and generous. Always making something special for you or giving something to you — things like decorative table runners, personalized golf towels, a flower to plant in your yard or some jam she had made. She made you feel special because you knew she was thinking of you and cared about you.
    As we think back about the many times spent with Jean, one thing that stands out is the fact that we cannot remember seeing Jean in an angry mood. She always appeared happy and smiling. I’m sure there were times when she was angry or upset, but she did not show it and did not let it dampen her “happy spirit”. That is the thing that we will remember and the image of Jean that will stick with us – a happy, smiling and caring sister-in-law. She will be missed but not forgotten.
    With love and fond memories,
    Kaye and Gary Hopkins

  32. Susan Sedine says:

    To My Loving Sister, There is so many Memories that we shared in the years we were together, You were the Greatest Sis, and I want to Thank You for that.
    I do not think I can ever find the words to describe the impact you and Mark had on so many lives, You and Mark were great to everyone you touched
    I will miss you dearly with the times we shared sewing, shopping for all our flowers, going to the Quilt shows and swimming for hours and i mean hours.
    My heart go’s out to Mark and the girl, with many prayers
    I know you and Mark Loved working on the Korner Kabin, You can see the love you both put in to it
    we will all have many fond memory.
    I know that you will have your arms open for the day we meet again, and I know you will watch over us everyday. Prayers always in my Heart, Sis
    Love you all (Mark and Family) Sue

  33. Kathie Humphrey says:

    Mom I want to thank you for everything you have done and gave me and showed me life when I was a young girl you came and got me from Child Haven and took me into your home and shared your love with me mom i love u R,I.P

  34. Shelly colson says:

    Mom so sorry to hear of you leaving this earth but God has better plans for you in heaven where I will see you again one day. one thing you taught me in life is to be positive! Something I practice today daily . Not a day goes by that I dont think about you . rip love shelly

  35. Jennifer Grannis says:

    My memories of Aunt Jean are many. Where to begin is the problem. The one thing that continues to come to mind is the patience she had. I struggle to have patience with my own children; she had it for all children and more than enough for those that needed the most. I admired her for opening her home and heart to those that she fostered. Those girls came to her as strangers and left as one of her own.

    I remember Aunt Jean having a way of telling a story. She could be telling an embarrassing story about you. When she would finish you would be laughing and not so embarrassed . She could take the sting off. Her laugh was contagious!

    Aunt Jean loved to make us homemade gifts. When I was young I never fully appreciated the time and effort that went into those special gifts. Now I hold those gifts close and with great love for the heart that thought of me and the hands that crated them. How I wish for just one more handmade gift from her.

    I love you Aunt Jean. I will miss your smile, laughter and encouragement. Thank you for sharing with me the example of true patience and understanding. I will look for you in the clouds and in the rainbows as God keeps his angel close. Give Aronn a hug for me .

    Jennifer

  36. Lucile fremont says:

     It is with deep sorrow that i have learned of jean ‘s death. The hopkins family have welcomed me for vacation in july 1996 . I came from France and it was à great expérience. Jean and mark used to be vers generous to me and also in helping the foster girls I met during that month. Today internet helps us to research people we have met. Obviously I m sad to Learn that jean left this world .she was born the same year as my own mom. She was à good mom and wife. Best regards . Lucile from France

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