Rita Ann Hopkins passed away peacefully at home on Mother’s Day, May 12. 2013.
She was born and raised in Walnut, graduated from Walnut Community Grade School and High School (1949) and then graduated from West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing, Oak Park (1952). She was a flight attendant for United Airlines from 1952 to 1957 and flew the Los Angeles-Honolulu route for the last three years. She was united in marriage on May 5, 1957, to Donald M. Hopkins, M.D., at the Walnut United Methodist Church.
She and her husband lived in Rochester, Minn., from 1957 to 1963 and then for two years at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Boston, Mass. She was a resident of Sacramento, Calif., since 1965 and was involved in community activities of the First United Methodist Church, Girl Scouts, Rio Americano and Jesuit High School parent organizations, as well as the Sacramento Medical Society Auxiliary.
Her life revolved around her faith, loving family and wonderful friends. She enjoyed collecting Early American antiques, reading, gardening and arranging flowers.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Amelia (Schrader) and Elmer “Bobby” Langford; her sister and brother-in-law, Inez Mae and Ernest George Norden; one brother, Claude Robert Langford; and one sister-in-law, Louise Marie Langford (wife of Jay Langford).
Rita Ann is survived by her husband and their four children, Ann Marie Beach (John) of Johnston, S.C., Mary Lea Kelley (Stephen) of Nashua, N.H., Robert Jay Hopkins, M.D., (Joyce) of Frederick, Md., and Stephen James Hopkins, M.D., (Anne Marie) of Copperopolis, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Irvin Jay Langford of Sheffield; and one sister-in-law, Dorothy Tuckerman Langford (wife of Claude Langford) of Forsyth, Ill. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and their children.
At Rita Ann's request, there will not be a memorial service. There will be a graveside service at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 14 for family and friends at the cemetery in Walnut.
Memorials have been established at the Walnut United Methodist Church, 111 Liberty St., Walnut, IL 61376; and the First United Methodist Church, 2100 J St., Sacramento, CA, 95816.
The Garland Funeral Home in Walnut is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.garlandfuneralhome.com.