Kathryn S. “Kathy” Hopkins


Kathryn S. “Kathy” Hopkins, age 73, of Oquawka, Illinois, passed away at 8:05 PM on Thursday, October 26, 2023 at her residence. She was born September 28, 1950 in Burlington, Iowa, the daughter of Robert Lean and Pauline Rae (Rhoades) Russell. She was raised in the Gladstone area, attending Gladstone grade school. She attended and graduated from Union High School with the Class of 1968. On January 17, 1970, Kathy married Thomas “Pat” Hopkins in Gladstone, Illinois, and he preceded her in death on November 24, 2021.

Kathy began work as a teachers aide at the Gladstone Grade School and later worked at Ferruzzi Grain Elevator in Gulfport. Kathy last worked as a supervisor at General Electric in Burlington, Iowa from which she retired in 2012. Kathy enjoyed gardening, reading, the morning cup of coffee in her garage, and eating at Applebee’s. Mostly, she loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her pet cats. 

Kathy is survived by her mother Pauline Russell of Burlington, IA, two daughters, Tracy Hopkins of Galesburg, IL and Jody Hopkins of Oquawka, IL, one son, Daniel (Melissa) Hopkins of Burlington, IA, one sister, Ann Russell of Burlington, IA, and one brother, John Russell of Burlington, IA. Also surviving are her grandchildren; Kelsey Gilmour, Kole (Makayla) Gilmour, Dylan Hill, and Natalya Hopkins, and her great-grandchildren; Aubree, Jaelynn, Jaxson, Jayse, Kashton, and Kameron Gilmour. She is preceded in death by her father, husband, and one brother, David Russell.

As were her wishes, cremation is being accorded. A memorial service for Kathryn Hopkins will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 11, 2023 at Turnbull Funeral Home in Oquawka, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 AM prior to the service at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow the service at the Biggsville Township Cemetery. A memorial fund is being established for the Des Moines County Humane Society.

For more information, or to leave a remembrance of Kathy, please visit www.turnbullfuneralhomes.com.

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