FRAMINGHAM-Myra Hope Hopkins passed from this life on Thursday, May 7. Born to Myra Hope and George Billings in Brooklyn, NY on Nov.23, 1946, she spent most her childhood in Ridgewood, NJ. She graduated from Ridgewood high school and went on to earn a B.S in elementary education from C.W. Post College. After graduation, she relocated to Framingham, MA in 1969.
Working with students was Myra's passion. Over two decades she served as a substitute teacher in the Framingham school system. During the Summer, she worked with the American Institute for Foreign Study, placing students from El Salvador, Spain, Italy, and Mexico with area host families.
With her first marriage, Myra had two daughters, Myra Hope and Jennifer Ann Dodge. Interestingly, her eldest daughter was the consecutive fourth-generation, first-born child in her family to be named Myra Hope. Unfortunately, she passed away on her wedding day in 1993. Her mother was always comforted by the belief that they would meet again some day.
Myra married George Hopkins in 1991, and they stayed together until his death in 2008. She was given two beloved grandchildren, Destiny and Jessany, by her second daughter, Jennifer Driscoll, and her husband, Dan. They brought great joy to her life. She loved to read, and she enjoyed photography and arts and crafts. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Framingham and sang in the choir.
Her younger sister, Merle, passed in 2015. Aside from the people already mentioned, Myra is survived by Merle's two daughters, Merle Lynn and Melissa Cram, and Merle Lynn's son, Matthew, as well a myriad of cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Myra had wanted any memorial service for her to be filled with the music she so loved. She would have liked hymns such as, "How Great Thou Art", "In the Garden", and, "Amazing Grace," to be included. Now, because of the Corona Virus, a service celebrating her life will have to be postponed to a time and place to be announced. But if you can, take a moment to say a private prayer of thanks for the life of Myra Hope Hopkins.