Sandra Ann Hopps (July 06, 1947 - March 26, 2020)

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Sandra Ann Hopps
  • July 06, 1947
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  • March 26, 2020

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Sandra was born in Berwyn, Illinois on July 6, 1947. Her parents were Dolores and  Ray Lynn.  She is survived by her husband Don Wesley Hopps, son Josh Raynor Hopps, son Douglas Parker Hopps deceased, step daughter Cynthia Michelle Leckey, Scott Leckey son in law, sister Nancy Braman, brother Thomas Gotowt his wife Lesley.

When Sandra was 3 years old, she was sent to California to live with Grandparents in Fontana, California where she was raised.  Her mother remarried and lived in San Bernardino, California.  Sandra went to San Bernardino High School and graduated in 1965.  She then attended Chaffey College in Fontana California, and graduated with an AA degree.

Sandra was married in September 1968 to Don and they moved to Northern California. In October 1970, their first son Josh was born.  In 1974, Douglas was born in Santa Clara, California.  By then, they had moved to the small town of Antioch where they lived for about 30 years in the same house.  Sandra loved teaching and worked as a Teacher’s Aide at Pittsburg Elementary School in Pittsburg, California for seven years.  She then decided to get her BA degree in Education and became a full-time kindergarten teacher at Oakley Elementary School, in Oakley, California.

Don became a Firefighter in 1973 and worked for Contra Costa Fire District and retired after 30 years of service.  After the passing of their youngest son Douglas, from Cancer, they decided to move to The Villages, Florida, where they made a new home.

Sandra and Don had a wonderful life of 51 years together and enjoyed all the events that made their life a happy one.

Church service will be held on Wednesday, June 17th at 10:00am at St. Mark the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church located at 7081 SE Hwy 42, Summerfield, Fl 34491.

After Mass services there will be a celebration of life at Palmer Legends Country Club in the villages.  1635 Palmer Way, The Villages, Fl. From 12:00 until 2:00pm in the Oak Room. Ask for the Hopps Party.

To view the live stream of the mass and ceremony go to this web site:

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  1. Nancy Murphy lit a candle:
    07 Apr 2020
    Lit since April 7, 2020 at 4:16:55 PM

  2. Nancy Murphy says:
    07 Apr 2020
    Dear Sandy, you were amazing cousin and friend. I am blessed to know you and was there at the end. What a beautiful lady you were. So kind and very special to me. I miss and love you and I will see you in heaven.

  3. Ginya Vollmers says:
    06 Apr 2020
    I was so sorry to hear of Sandra's passing. Although I had not seen her for quite a long time and knew her only through the Hibiscus watercolor group I remember her as a sweet and lovely person. We shared many wonderful times painting and talking about art. The last time we met she gave me a small watercolor instruction book and told me to keep it. I will always treasure it as a reminder of her. I'm sure as her family you will have many wonderful paintings to keep her with you.

  4. Julie McGlone says:
    06 Apr 2020
    I will always remember Sandra beginning each WetnWild art meeting with an inspirational quote. She took the time each week to choose a very appropriate one and explained her choice to the group. A very classy, gracious lady.

  5. Don & Connie Abshear says:
    01 Apr 2020
    Don, Connie and I were shocked to hear about Sandy's passing. We are so sorry. Many warm memories of our younger years came flooding back. Our hearts are heavy. She was such a good person and made us all better. I didn't think anyone could tame you, but she did. That took a really special person. With Love - Don & Connie

  6. Nancy Braman lit a candle:
    31 Mar 2020
    Lit since March 31, 2020 at 3:16:19 PM

  7. Woody Hopps says:
    31 Mar 2020
    Sandy, You brought wonder, amazement and happiness to our family. I loved talking about flowers, plants , space and other things in your life. I always considered you my sis. Your artistry is amazing, it brought to life your inspiration of life. I will miss you sis.
    P.S. and I always liked you cooking...

  8. Mary Harvey says:
    31 Mar 2020
    Dear Don, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of grief. We loved Sandy’s sweet and loving smile, her hospitality for all who entered her home, and the love she had for her faith. Hold close to your heart all of the happy memories the two of you made together through the years. You are never alone.

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