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Mary "Joan" Hopkins

February 6, 1937 - July 29, 2017

Born Mary Joan to parents, Donald H. Cutsforth and Mary H. (Rickard) Cutsforth on February 6, 1937, Joan passed away Saturday, the 29th of July at Salem Hospital.

Joan spent her entire life in Salem as the second of five children, with her siblings; Shirley Hoover, John Cutsforth, Kathy Evenhus, and Doug Cutsforth, who preceded her to Heaven. Her siblings gave her many nieces and nephews, who were an important part of her life. Joan was the loving mother of three children who miss her dearly; her first born, Dee Martin, her only son, John Jackson, and her baby, Lisa Jackson. Her children blessed her with an abundance of grandchildren. For many years, she was a stay-at-home mom. She later pursued a career at Oregon State Hospital, where she worked her way up to Supervisor of Housekeeping. That is where she met her husband, Ed Hopkins. They married in 1992 and after she retired in 2000, they spent their free time on fishing trips and an occasional trip to Reno.

In more recent years, the two of them enjoyed day trips to the Grand Ronde casino. Through her life, Joan loved raising and canning vegetables, which she shared with all the family members at her annual Thanksgiving gathering. She also loved embroidery and making her special mustards, which she would sell at local craft shows.

She loved animals, particularly dogs, and was in her element with the home Ed provided that allowed her to have dogs, cats, cows, and horses. She is now reunited with all her animals, her mom and dad, her brother, and her other family and friends.

A gathering to celebrate Joan's life is planned for Sunday, August 13 at 11:00 at the Chester Bridges Community Center (555 Main St.) in Aumsville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Willamette Valley Humane Society  in her name. 

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