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Martha Marie Hopkins

09/26/1952 - 11/20/2023


Obituary For Martha Marie Hopkins

“A Time To Be Born

Martha Marie Hopkins was the second child born in Millsboro, Delaware to the late Noah Lee Hopkins and Catherine Elizabeth Street Hopkins on September 26, 1952. Martha, a smart, strong-willed and inquisitive child, took little time to plant what would be a foundation of a life well-lived: one rich in the love of God, one dedicated to excellence, and one of devotion to family.

“A Time to Plant”

Martha grew up attending the Millsboro Seventh Day Adventist Church, and several years later, she was baptized in the Bethuel Seventh Day Adventist Church where she served until her death. She was very active in serving as a Sabbath School Superintendent and church clerk. Martha participated in supporting the monthly clothing giveaways, the back-to-school cookouts and the Women’s Ministry programs. She looked forward to the Wednesday night prayer meetings and the ZOOM Thursday night Bible Study sessions with the Browns.

However, Martha’s earlier educational planting season took root in a one-room school, Johnson School, and continued at Millsboro 204C (“C” for Colored). At grade eight, she attended and graduated from the church school at Millsboro Seventh Day Elementary School. Returning to public school, Martha was in the first graduating class (1970) from Sussex Central Senior High School. Her pursuit of education continued when she became a “Hornet” at Delaware State College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education in 1974 and a Master of Science Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 1985.

Martha Hopkins’ planting season blossomed when she became employed at Delaware State College (later Delaware State University, DSU) in September of 1974 as a secretary in the Physical Education Department. She worked for thirty years in various areas before retiring as the Associate Director of Financial Aid in 2004 where she shared hope and support to hundreds of students, so much so that she was recognized and honored in 2003 as the DSU Unclassified Employee of the Year and Classified Employee of the Year previously. She retired early to take care of her mother; however, she returned to work for Children’s Choice and in 2009 to DSU as a Collection Coordinator in the Office of Student Accounts until 2016.

Martha Hopkins was a dedicated soul to public service and her active membership only increased the harvest. She was a member of the Central Delaware Branch of the NAACP, the Delaware State Board of Nursing, a lifetime member of the Department of Delaware Ladies Auxiliary VFW, the DSU Athletic Booster Club(treasurer), a Lifetime member of the DSU Alumni Association, DSU Kent County Chapter (Past President), and she was inducted into the DSUAA Hall of Fame for Community Service. Martha shared her enthusiasm and love of the football team by traveling to the MEAC Tournaments and other bus trips to games. She was a box seat holder which she shared with her sister, Veronica, and other family members.

In the spring of 1976, Martha joined The Dover Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority Inc., a public service organization whose principles she upheld. She was a Golden Life Member. Delta provided another opportunity for the planting season to prosper. Martha chaired The Family Projects Committee for many years, and one of her favorite initiatives was the adoption of patients at the Delaware Home for the Chronically Ill. Martha and her sister, Veronica visited often, took gifts and enjoyed playing pinochle with two favorites, Mr. Black and Chauncey. In addition, she served as financial secretary and treasurer, as well as, an advisor to the Delta undergraduates at DSU, Epsilon Alpha. Faithful, dedicated, kind and loving, Martha Marie Hopkins.

“ A Time To Love and Laugh”

Martha LOVED being with her family while enjoying the jokes, laughter, good food, and games. She knew how to play most board games. When planning the Street and Hopkins Family Reunions, she was ‘THE BOSS’. All decisions had to be approved by her FIRST. Martha looked forward to their yearly trips to Nagshead, NC and Williamsburg, VA. She would begin preparing early for each event. The Street Family Cousin Retreat in Lancaster, PA was spent bonding with cousins over games and delicious dishes.

Martha LOVED to cook and often shared that her food tasted great because she cooked with LOVE. She was well known for her potato salad, fried chicken, baked chicken, lima beans, corn and tomatoes, as well as her cucumber relish and strawberry and peach jams. To dine at her table was a pleasure.

Martha Marie Hopkins was an AMAZON QUEEN! The Prime truck had a reserved parking area when delivering her orders. When the truck turned the corner, the first stop was a delivery for Martha!

“A Time to Weep and A Time To Mourn”

It must have been the sound of the same quiet trumpet that summoned her mother, Catherine and her father, Noah (Junior), that played the same melody that called Martha home early in the morning while she peacefully waited.

“When peace like a river attendeth my way;

when sorrows like sea billows roll;

whatever my lot Thou has taught me to say,

”It is well, it is well with my soul!”

She does not want us to weep or mourn too long; she wants us to remember the seeds she of faith planted, the crops yielded, and the legacy of love, dedication and devotion. They are stories to pass on and cherished memories that will sustain each of us now and always . . . three brothers, Sherman Hopkins, Sr. (Dorcas) (Clarksboro, NJ); Gregory Hopkins (Dover, DE.) and Gerald Hopkins (Melissa) (Smyrna, DE); two sisters, Veronica Hopkins and Janice Williams (Dover, DE); nine nieces and nephews, Krystal Johnson (Marques), Latoya (Dawn) Hopkins, Sherman Hopkins, Jr. (Angelique), Gregory Givens, Treviss Givens (Stacey), Lance Hopkins (Tamara), Ashley Wingfield (Michael), Juree Hopkins and Colin Hamilton; fourteen great nieces and nephews; two aunts, Frances Hopkins (Milton, DE) and Lillian Kenney (Delmar, DE); uncle, Vincent Wise (Millsboro, DE);, a special mom, Florence Downes; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents; a niece, Cameron Hamilton; and a brother-in-law, Samuel Williams.

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2 Dec


05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

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3 Dec

Visitation 2

11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Dover First Seventh-day Adventist Church 647 Wyoming Avenue Dover, DE 19904 Get Directions »
3 Dec

Funeral Service

01:00 PM

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4 Dec


11:00 AM

1st Millsboro 7th Day Adventist Cemetery 30007 Cordrey Road Millsboro, DE 19966 Get Directions »
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  • 12/01/2023

    Martha was supportive of me in high school, college and throughout life. She supported my wife while she experienced health issues. She and Janice made me a beautiful Blue pillow after "going over." These girls always had plenty of food at DSC homecoming. She will be greatly missed. A sincere and real person always willing to help. Love Always: Vernice n George

  • 12/01/2023

    Thank you Martha for your dedication to Delaware State University, the DSU Alumni Association and the Delaware community overall. You always made people feel important in your life. I am thankful to have known you. God bless you.

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  • 12/01/2023

    My friend you fought a good fight and finished your course. I will miss our late night phone calls, your great advice kept me focused. With great sadness I say fairwell, your friend, Ron Miller, better known as RB.

  • 11/29/2023

    My most sincere sympathy to all of Ms. Martha's family and friends. She was the nicest neighbor anyone could ask for. Heaven surely has the sweetest angel now. Natalie P

  • 11/28/2023

    Thinking of you with heartfelt sympathy and surrounding you with gentle care. Wishing you feelings of comfort, moments of peace and memories of joy during this difficult time. May you find comfort in knowing you are not alone in your sorrow and cared for so much by many.

  • 11/27/2023

    Best neighbor ever. Veronica and Gregory and families thanks for always being kind to me. Martha introduced me to handyman Victor. Forever grateful. Until we meet again. Rest in the arms of Jesus.

  • 11/22/2023

    FROM: THE LATE HALLIE AND FRANCINE JOHNSON FAMILIES TO: SHERMAN HOPKINS AND FAMILY We wish to express our deepest sympathy in the passing of your and our love one: MARTHA MARIE HOPKINS Matthew 5:4 "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." May God's peace surround you and give you comfort and strength during this time. THE LATE HALLIE AND FRANCINE JOHNSON FAMILIES

  • 11/21/2023

    My deepest condolences and prayers of comfort to the family!

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