Shirley Ann Hopkins, 77, passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 7, 2019 at 4:24 p.m. while undergoing a surgery to repair her heart at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was born to Edward and Dorothy Higgins in Cincinnati, Ohio on January 9, 1942.
Shirley graduated from Mount Notre Dame High School in 1960. On March 3, 1962, she married the love of her life, Philip Vern Hopkins, whom she met while attending the University of Cincinnati. The couple had three children: Melissa (Clyne), John, and Mark. The children, along with their father, Philip, are all survivors who will dearly miss their departed mother and wife. She is also survived by Melissa's husband Daniel, John's wife Mishele, and Mark's wife Jhoana.
Shirley relished her role as the glue that kept her close-knit family of five on track through the years. Some of her fondest memories were family camping trips with her children, and after they were grown, she and Philip enjoyed countless excursions all over the country and especially cherished their Paris vacation. Later in life, she turned decades of notes and photographs memorializing her family history into a series of self-published books. She was an avid writer and painter who also enjoyed her pet cats, bookkeeping, gardening, travel, cooking, and just being a mom.
Survivors include her 11 grandchildren: Nathaniel, Christopher, Alisa, Shion, Kairi, Ira, Shane, Oscar, Anthony, Margret, and Alexander; and her sister, Kathy (Scott) Campbell, and brother-in-law, Frank (Marge) Hopkins. Plus, many other friends and relatives through the years. Shirley was preceded in death by her father, Edward Higgins, and her mother, Dorothy Higgins.
A funeral Mass will be held at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Bountiful, Utah followed by a reception. Shirley will be interred at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio at a later date.
Online condolences can be left on Shirley Hopkins' memorial tribute at www.russonmortuary.com. Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association in her name at www.heart.org.
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