Betty Hopkin

March 14, 1926 — February 27, 2013

Betty Hopkin

Betty Loy Jensen McKay Hopkin- age 86, passed away from natural causes on February 27, 2013, in St. George, UT. She was born in Fairview, UT, March 14, 1926, to Levern and Orabelle Hansen Jensen. She was the third of five children in her family- Max Levern, Ruth Elaine, Betty Loy, Jack Lloyd and Charles Kielgaard. She descended from great progenitors who taught her the value of initiative, hard work, honesty, and service to others. She also had a deep faith in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. Betty spent her childhood in Fairview, UT. She graduated from Brigham Young High School in Provo, Utah, and received a Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in Education from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT. She embarked on a lifetime career as an Educator, teaching elementary education and reading to young children. After retiring from teaching, she lived a long and healthy retirement selling real estate. She also did extensive traveling to many parts of the world. Betty was married to her high school sweetheart, Kenneth Verl McKay Jr., for 32 years. They had six wonderful daughters together- Sherry Ann Oliver, Charlotte Sue Gerber (Andrew), Miriam Ginger Dillon (Matthew), Michele Fuentes (Antonio), Sally Kim Espinoza, Holly Jean Gessner (Ralph), 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She married Robert C. Hopkin, the love of her later years, on October 31, 2003, spending the last ten years of her life with this wonderful man. Her Hopkin step-children are William Alfred, Robert Johnson (Linda), and Bessie Lee Barney (Arthur) 9 step-grandchildren and 27 step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by: her Parents; husband Kenneth McKay; a daughter, Ginger Dillion; a step son William Alfred Hopkin; a sister Ruth Elaine Jensen Bowles; and two brothers Jack Lloyd and Charles Kielgard Jensen. Friends are welcome to join the family on Saturday March 2, 2013, for a visitation at 11:00a.m., followed by a tribute to Betty's life at 12:00 noon, located at the Larkin Sunset Lawn Mausoleum at 2350 E. 1300 S., Salt Lake City, UT. Entombment will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Missionary fund or the Red Cross Emergency Fund. Friends and family are invited to share condolences online at
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