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Helen Hopkins

Helen Hopkins, age 89, of Aurora, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at her home.

Funeral Services will be held 10:30 A.M., Saturday, March 27th at the Pleasant View Bible Church in Aurora. Pastor Mark Hartley will officiate. A Private Family burial will be at 9:00 A.M. at the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 P.M. Friday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Helen Elmira Hopkins, the daughter of Jesse and Gertrude (Andre) Foster, was the third oldest of 12 children born in Callaway, Nebraska on March 14, 1921 and died in Aurora, Nebraska on March 21, 2010, at the age of 89.

Helen grew up in Logan, Nebraska. She attended school through the 11th grade at Stapleton.

On August 3, 1940, she was united in marriage to LeRoy Benjamin Hopkins. They lived in Stapleton, Nebraska and Winter, South Dakota before moving to Hamilton County in 1946 and into Aurora in 1966. They raised eight sons, which was Helen’s biggest job along with being a waitress at the Little Owl. She was a cook at Inez’s Café and at the Aurora Public Schools for several years. Helen worked as a Nurse’s aide at the G.I. Veterans Home, before working at Memorial Hospital for many years. LeRoy and Helen had been married 69 years this past August.

Helen was a member of the Pleasant View Bible Church and Gideon’s Auxiliary. She had taught Sunday School at Bethel Mission. She hosted the Joy Club in her home. Helen was a winter worker for 18 years at the Rio Grande Bible Institute.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two daughter-in-laws, Jean Hopkins and Carol Hopkins and five brothers and two sisters

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, LeRoy Hopkins of Aurora; sons, Franklin (Judy) of Blair, Robert of Houston, Texas, Larry (Mavis) of Yelm, Washington, James (Jean) of Omaha, Ronald of Mill Creek, Washington, Richard (Jeanie) of Aurora, William (Bonnie) of McKenna, Washington and Gregory (Mona) of Hillsboro, Oregon; 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; three brothers and a sister.

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