Obituary of Olivia Hopper (1924 – 2022) – Bellingham, WA

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Olivia P. Hopper
November 22, 1924 – January 3, 2022
Bellingham, Washington – Olivia P. Hopper passed away peacefully in Bellingham, WA on January 3, 2022 with her family by her side. The youngest of thirteen children, she was born into a first generation Portuguese family on November 22, 1924 in Tulare, California, to Frank and Pauline Borges. After graduating from high school, she became the wife of a military man and lived in several naval bases, before settling in Fresno, California. She worked as a supervisor at American Safety Equipment Corporation and after her retirement found a new position as “Nana” for several families. In addition to her work outside the home, she was a dedicated mother and grandmother who loved to cook, bake, and keep a house spotlessly clean. Even during her time as a single parent, she received an award from the Boy Scouts of America for being the most active supporter of her sons. Olivia married Robert “Bob” Hopper in 1980 and moved to Bellingham in 1997, where they joined Trinity Lutheran Church and volunteered in many church activities. Due to her outgoing, lively and welcoming nature, Olivia developed lifelong friendships wherever she went. She was one of a kind and will be dearly missed. Olivia was predeceased by her parents, husband Bob Hopper, son Robert Murphy and son-in-law Ray Downey. She is survived by three children, Diana Murphy, Larry (Veronica) Roebuck and Richard (Janet) Roebuck, grandchildren Jennifer (Emmanuel) Gabet, Blue Murphy, Jessica (Francisco) Rodriguez, Stephanie (Jordan) Cook and Anna ( Robert) Gillespie, and great-grandchildren Xavier, Gus, Luci, Canaan, Zane and Macrae. She is also survived by Bob’s four children, Brenda (Martin) Dedekian, Robert (Lorrie) Hopper Jr., Gary (Jeanette) Hopper and Matthew (Kim) Hopper, as well as their children and grandchildren. Olivia’s family would like to thank Summit Place Assisted Living for the compassionate care she received from all of the staff. Olivia’s final resting place will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Ferndale. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bellingham on Friday March 25 at 2 p.m. Pastor David Wagner will officiate. You can share memories with the family at www.westfordfuneralhome.com.

Published by Bellingham Herald on January 9, 2022.


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