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223 North Bedford Road
Battle Creek, MI 49037
Phone: 269-965-5145
Fax: 269-965-5148
Emajene Hopkins

Emajene L. "Em" Hopkins (Noon)

Friday, October 25th, 1929 - Saturday, April 3rd, 2021
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Obituary

Emajene L. Hopkins, 91, of Pennfield Twp., MI passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 3, 2021. She was born to George and Julia (Jemis) Noon on October 25, 1929 in Battle Creek. She married Robert E. Hopkins on August 10, 1968 however the marriage ended in divorce. Em graduated from Battle Creek Central in 1947. She worked at Michigan Bell as a telephone operator before entering the nursing program at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI. Em obtained her degree in nursing and held the title of RN. She worked in labor and delivery at Community Hospital in Battle Creek, Kaiser Permanent in Los Angles, Hurley Hospital in Flint, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Ft. Worth, and St. Edward’s Hospital in Ft. Smith. In 1966, she returned to Battle Creek to Community Hospital working for 25 years concluding her career having assisted with 10,138 babies. Em kept a journal listing all the babies and their sex she helped deliver. She retired from Community Hospital on October 25, 1991.
Em was a member of First Congregational Church; where she had been active with Dayspring Church Choir ringing the hand bells for entertainment at area nursing homes. She was a member of AARP and a driver for the American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross. Em tutored for the Literacy Council and volunteered at the Franklin Center dispensing food with the Food Bank. She enjoyed visiting the elderly in area nursing homes spreading “cheer and Joy.”
In her early years she was an active bowler for M66 bowling leagues, enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and transcribing printed material into Braille (such as children’s books, recipes, insurance rates, scuba diving instruction, grandfather clock and sewing making instructions). She had annually crocheted as of 1998 over 40 lap robes for wheelchair bound people in nursing homes. Em was affectionately known as “Grandma Emmy” and will truly be missed by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her children: Chuck (Roxie) Hopkins, Nancy (Randy) Edgerton, and Bobby (Colleen) Hopkins; grandchildren; Apryl (Robb) Macleod, Adam (Rachel) Hopkins, Spring (Keith) Schroeder, Christina Fornell, Devon Hopkins, Courtney Hopkins Conley; great grandchildren: Malcom & Asher Hopkins, Addison, Aiden & Lylee Hopkins, Anthony, Louie, & Dominic Campagna, and Aaron Rainey; and good friends: Rick (Debby) Abbott, Sue Ball, and Ryan and Holly Ball.
Visitation will be held at Bachman Hebble Funeral Service on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM with the funeral service to immediately follow at 12:00 PM. Burial to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Battle Creek. Memorial tributes may be made to First Congregational Church or Humane Society of Southcentral Michigan. Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service (269) 965-5145. www.bachmanhebble.com
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    Bachman Hebble Funeral Service
    Address
    223 North Bedford Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
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  • Service

    Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 12:00pm
    Location
    Bachman Hebble Funeral Service
    Address
    223 North Bedford Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
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  • Interment

    Location
    Oak Hill Cemetery
    Address
    255 South Avenue
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49017
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Jane King

Posted at 06:24pm
My mother JoAnn King was a friend of Em's for many years and often spoke fondly of her. We want to offer our sincere sympathies to her loved ones. Jane King
 
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Christina Norr Posted at 08:39am

Thank so very much Jane for your kind words
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Sue Gehrman

Posted at 11:53pm
Our dear Em, I thought she would always be around. I am so happy for the OB luncheons that we had of which she was nearly always there and full of spunk! I first met Em in 1985 at Community Hospital in OB. At first she scared me to death... she was so disciplined, so demanding of excellent patient care and expected the same of every one she worked with. I didnt want to disappoint her ever. Eventually I found out about her kind heart, sense of humor, and even though I was experienced- I learned a lot more from her. She never gave up on anyone or anything and knew how to stand her ground! I will miss her positive and "can do" attitude and her big smile. Rest in peace Em. You were a great role model and made a big difference in this world. I am honored to have called you my friend.
 
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Christina Norr Posted at 08:42am

That is such a lovely memory and it really shows her personality well. Thank you for sharing it with us Sue
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