Imolee K. (Maxam) Hopkins will celebrate 100 years Feb. 20 with an open house from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Activities Room at North River Health Campus, 311 Baseline Road, Evansville, IN 47725. Friends and family unable to attend are encouraged to send cards to the address above, care of Imolee Hopkins.
She was born at home in Francisco, Feb. 20, 1920, the only child of Carl and Nova (Kendle) Maxam. She attended school at Baldwin Heights Elementary in Princeton, until the family returned to Francisco in 1929. She graduated from Francisco High School in 1939. She worked at a laundry in Evansville after graduation.
She married her high school sweetheart Wayne Hopkins, one of 12 children, on June 28, 1941, two weeks after he took a job at Servel in Evansville, and was ‘earning $20 a week,’ which was the amount he felt necessary to marry and start a family.
They remained married until his untimely death in January 1983. Of his 11 brothers and sisters and their spouses, she is the last living member.
Through the years, she was an avid crafter creating art with needle and thread, yarn and paint. She enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, composting and kept several windows full of flowers in her home. A creative seamstress, she sewed nearly all clothing for herself and her children. She was a longtime supporter of the Gibson County 4-H program, where she learned and perfected many craft and baking skills. Among her family and friends she was famous for her angel food cakes. In her later years she enjoyed reading and traveling — visiting Europe, Hawaii and many other sites in the United States.
She was a homemaker and mother to Gwen Hopkins, Sue (Edd) Ransom and Wynn (Joyce) Hopkins. She has six grandchildren, Twyla (Kyle) Arnold, Carrie Ransom, Dawn (Dan) Pajo, Brooke (Bill) Burr, Rachel (Dan) Walters and Adam (April) Hopkins; and 15 great- grandchildren, Bridget, Alex and Susanna Arnold; Owen, Aidan, Isabel and Loreena Hofmann; Eli Pajo; Avinelle and Cedar Burr; Paul and Stephen Walters; Josh Taylor; and Kaden and Addie Hopkins.