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Letty Eileen Cole, 93, died on Oct. 15, 2014, in Ketchikan.
6/19/2014
Nancy Stark Hopson

Nancy Stark Hopson, 87, died June 11, 2014, at Panorama Convalescent Center in Lacey, Washington.

She was born to Helene and Lowell R. Stark on Oct. 25, 1926, in Great Neck, New York, and was raised in New Jersey, California and New York City.

She attended nursing school in Troy, New York, where she met and married Dick Hopson in 1948. They lived in Troy and Massena, New York while Mr. Hopson finished college.

Pulp mill work took them to Bellingham, Washington in 1951, and then to Ketchikan in 1954. They remained in Ketchikan for 18 years, where they raised their four children. Later, Mr. Hopson worked as a pulp industry consultant, which took them to Portland, Oregon; Natchitoches, Louisiana; Atlanta; and Buenos Aires, Argentina; and then back to Portland.

Mrs. Hopson had a distinguished 16-year career at Portland Community College in the employee benefits department. She retired in 1991 to join Mr. Hopson in Friday Harbor, Washington. In 2001, they settled in Lacey, Washington.

Her hobbies included knitting, needle crafts, bowling, golf, gardening and cooking.

“She was an avid bridge player, and she had a keen sense of humor, her family writes.

Mrs. Hopson was preceded in death by her infant son, Richard Michael; husband, Dick; and brother, Peter Stark.

She is survived by her sister Sally Seal of Simpsonville, South Carolina; children, Patti L'Heureux, Linda (Jim) Nyberg, Randy (Karen) Hopson and Tim (Vickie) Hopson; seven grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

No services will be held as per Mrs. Hopson’s request.

Donations can be made to the Panorama Retirement Community Benevolent Fund, 1751 Circle Lane SE, Lacey, WA 98503.