Obituary of June Ivy Hopkins
A former 34-year resident of Enumclaw, died peacefully, on December 3, 2023 in her home, in Lacey, Washington surrounded by her family. June was born to George and Winifred (Walsh) Lomas on April 5th 1940 in Deal Kent England. She was number 6 of 12 children born to them.
At the age of 20, she arrived in New York City, on January 27, 1961, to become a nanny. When that job finished, she went to live with her sister Doreen and her husband, Chuck, in Illinois. This is where she met a young Airman, Daniel R Hopkins. After a short courtship Dan and June were married in Hibbard, Idaho on June 9th 1962. The Air Force took them to Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City, South Dakota and it is there where their first daughter, was born. In August 1963, She and Dan and the baby went to the Idaho Falls Temple and they were sealed for time and all eternity. In South Dakota, they were blessed with two more daughters. Dan was transferred to McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma Washington where a fourth daughter was born. The family then was sent to Travis Air Force Base and while living in Vacaville California two more daughters were born. The family ended their Air Force career at Altus AFB in Altus Oklahoma. When Dan asked her where she wanted to live after his retirement, she said Washington state because it reminded her of her home in England.
Her life was spent in service, whether it was her family, church or in her employment. She was a stay-at-home mom until most of her “girls” as she called them, were in their late teens, when she worked various service jobs involving the elderly. She served in many callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints one of those assignments, which she enjoyed immensely, was to transcribe records from Scandinavia off microfilm and microfiche.
Her pastimes were sewing & knitting. Many of her girls have worn handmade clothes and knitted sweaters. Some of her grandchildren were wrapped in her sewn blankets and many of them have aprons sewn by her, while at home you could always find June in an apron; she had made. She also loved canning with girls and later her grandchildren. There are many pictures of a grandchild standing on a chair next to the stove while helping her stir whatever they were canning that day. But her favorite pastime was taking long drives with Dan to wherever the car would take them. After Dan died, she would ask to go for a drive with whoever would take her.
She is preceded in death by her husband Dan, who died in 2014, her parents, four brothers, four sisters, 3 brothers in law, 2 sisters in law, 1 former son-in-law and a great-granddaughter. She is survived by daughters, Moonyeen Whitaker Pocatello Idaho, Larinda Hopkins Enumclaw Washington, Tammy (Gerald) Denton Orem Utah, Louise (Mark) Wheelock Lacey Washington, Gail Hopkins Lacey Washington, Danielle (Charles) Johnson Provo Utah; A brother David Lomas Australia, sisters Joan Holland and Lorraine (Kevin) Wolstenholme England; 2 sisters in law. Mary Ann Hansen Palmer Washington, Marleen (Boyd) McAfee Orem Utah, and 1 brother-in-law Cliff Harris American Falls Idaho; 2 former sons-in-law Torrey Whitaker Pocatello Idaho, Edgar Galura South Jordan Utah; 25 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren, with another great-granddaughter arriving early next year; and many nieces & nephews.
There will be no services at this time. June will be buried alongside her husband and her mother in the Cache Clawson Cemetery in Tetonia, Idaho. A Celebration of Life will be held June 8, 2024 in Tetonia; this will be the day before their 62th wedding anniversary.
A special Thank you to Providence Sound Home Care and Hospice for both your professional and compassionate care you gave to June and to the family.
In Lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Mission fund or Temple fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in helping gather scattered Israel.