Patricia Ann Hopkins, 58, beloved Idyllwild resident of 21 years, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2006 in Seal Beach. Ms. Hopkins had been diagnosed with Stage IV brain cancer in June 2003.
She battled this horrible disease and beat the odds, exceeding all of the doctors’ longevity expectations.
She was born April 28, 1947.
She was a devoted elementary school teacher for 33 years and loved her job. Most of her teaching career was spent at Hoffer School in Banning.
She was deeply involved in whatever her two children, Chelsea and Cody, had going on. Be it a school play or a sports team, she was always there.
Ms. Hopkins was a true friend and extremely loving and supportive to all close to her. She loved the mountains, especially Idyllwild, and always found a way to have a good time and a good laugh. Whether it was off-roading in her Jeep or enjoying $1 taco night, she was ready with a smile.
Ms. Hopkins was a member of the Girl Scouts and active at Skyland Ranch Girl Scout Camp for many years.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at Skyland Ranch Girl Scout Camp, 19750 Highway 243, halfway between Banning and Idyllwild. Everyone is invited to join in the celebration of Pat Hopkin’s life.
She is survived by a loving Idyllwild community, her friends, her children, Chelsea Hopkins and Cody Hopkins, and her cat, Santa Claws, who never left her side.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Pat Hopkin’s memory to Hoffer School, 1115 E. Hoffer St., Banning, CA 92220.