Marty was born Aug. 8, 1921, in York, Pa., to the late Elmer and Clarabelle Welsh. She graduated from William Penn Senior High School with the class of 1939.
She was preceded in death by: her husband Jimmie “Big Jim” Hopkins; a son, Jimmie “Chip” Hopkins; a stepdaughter Christine; and brothers, David and Charley.
She is survived by: her daughters, Nancy (Doug) Tucker, Ginny (Eric) Lippetz and Patti (Danny) Mills; her stepdaughter, Dora (Charles) Westbrook; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Marty resided in Jacksonville, Fla., for the past eight years. Tavernier, Fla., was her winter residence for more than 30 years, although her summer residence of Tate City was the place her heart called home.
She loved nature, growing flowers and making flower arrangements for the church. She canned delicious vegetables and jellies from her and “Big Jim’s” garden. She enjoyed playing the piano and accordion and treasured sewing for her children and grandchildren. She loved traveling and other activities with family members, including riding roller coasters. She was supportive, an avid listener, nonjudgmental and loved unconditionally. She cared for others as if they were family.
Services will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, her family asks that donations be sent to the Valley Community Church, 2218 Tate City Road, Clayton, GA 30525.
The Clayton Tribune, July 12, 2012