Nancy Virginia (Ayers) Hopkins

Aug. 9, 1938 March 25, 2014

Nancy V. Hopkins, 75, Newark, Del., formerly of Hollidaysburg, went home to be with her Lord March 25, 2014.

Her passing was the result of a heart attack and subsequent stroke.

She was born in Beckley, W.Va., the beloved daughter of the late Dr. Lloyd and Lois R. Ayers.

Nancy leaves behind her only son, Robert L. of Georgetown, Ky.; a grandson, Ryan A. Hopkins of Richmond, Ky.; two brothers: T.C. Ayers of Larchmont, N.Y., and James L. Ayers of Spotsylvania, Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, John W. Hopkins.

Nancy was a dedicated wife, mother, homemaker and teacher. She was also a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and served in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, as well as in the Loyal Order of Moose, and held senior offices in each. She was a highly active and productive person whose career spanned an introduction to medicine, teaching and homemaking. She was successful in several small business endeavors, enjoyed a variety of hobbies, including collecting Hallmark ornaments, and served as a census taker. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society and greatly enjoyed music and dancing. She always had a profound love of animals and will be greatly missed by her joyful Bichon, Sweetie.

While her sudden death was a shock to her loved ones, they rejoice that she is now with her heavenly Father. During her 75 years on this earth, Nancy was blessed with an amazing ability to reach out, lead and encourage people from all walks of life.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2014, at the New Castle Moose Lodge, 621 S. DuPont Highway, New Castle, Del., where a reception will follow. The Women of the Moose will remember Nancy in a special presentation at this time. Interment will be held privately in Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, Del.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the University of Delaware Education Fund, c/o Development and Alumni Relations, Gifts Receiving and Processing Office, 83 E. Main St., Third Floor, Newark, DE 19716.

Arrangements are by Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, Newark, Del. To sign the guest book, visit