A new star has appeared in the heavens, shining brightly. On April 17, 2017 our families hearts broke when our dear wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend passed on to a new world. She was highly invloved in life and traversed its roads with unending enthusiam.
Carol was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on July 2, 1930 to Paul and Kathryn Lannerd and grew up in Indianapolis. She met the love of her life, Jerry Dean Hopkins in high school. They were an instant success and married on August 27, 1950. They were married 67 years and had two children Anne and Kimeth. They faithfully stood by each other, only to grow stronger to each other in devotion and closer in love.
They lived in Illinois for a while and then Alabama for four years while Jerry taught English to foreign officers at Maxwell Air Force Base. Carol was the ultimate hostess for numerous social gatherings within the Air Force.
They moved to Fresno, Ca in 1964 when Jerry accepted a job teaching linguistics at Fresno State University. She worked for the American Heart Association for several years and then went back to college to complete her degree. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Ornamental Horticulture in 1978. This was a very proud and great personal acheivement in her life. She started her own landscape design business, creating many beautiful designs around Fresno.
In 1980 Jerry retired from FSU and they moved to San Diego. She continued to make landscapes designs and also worked at several nurseries including Paul Ecke Poinsettias Ranch. She grew poinsettias that were used nationwide and she was delighted that they were displayed at many charity galas and TV shows such as Johnny Carson and Christmas Specials.
Carol and Jerry shared a love of adventure and travel residing in Greece twice, using Athens as a hub to travel throughout Europe. They visited many countries including Andorra, Italy, Spain, France, Turkey, England, Greece, Belgium, Crete, Morocco, and Germany. They moved back to Fresno to be close to the family and to participate in their grandaughters lives.
Carol had many interests including gardening, quilting, gourmet cooking and of course traveling. She loved the opera and musical theatrical performances especially at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. She was a member of several groups including the Red Hat Society, the Quilters Guild, The Fig Garden Gardening Club, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, the Gourmet Clubs of Fresno and Fallbrook and OSHER.
But her true passion was playing the piano which she did her entire life. She started playing when she was 6 years old and Jerry always marveled when she could sight read a musical piece and play it perfectly. She loved Mozart, Beethoven and Liszt and Rag Time as well as many others. She was a true musician and loved to play.
And she loved our family the most, teaching all of us about life and to do our best, encouraging us to pursue our goals and dreams.
A true treasure has been lost, but her memory will live on in our hearts forever.
She is survived by her loving husband Jerry, daughter Anne and her husband Thomas, son Kimeth and his wife Annette, grandaughters Hannah Raya, Blair and her husband Simon Cundall, Samantha and her husband Jason Rich and grandson Doug Stringham and his wife Milika and their three children, Alton, Aanya and Ambrose.
A memorial service will be held on June 3rd, 2017 at 11:00 am at Boice Funeral Home 308 Pollasky Clovis, CA and a Celebration of Life will immediately follow with a light lunch at the home of Kim and Annette Hopkins at 2651 E.Yeragin Drive Fresno, Ca 93720.
In lieu of flowers remembrances can be made to SmileTrain Charities, 41 Madison Ave. 28th Floor, N.Y. N.Y. 10010 or Miss Winkles Pet Adoption, 85 N Temperance, Clovis, CA 93611.