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Wanda June Hopkins

Wanda June Hopkins, 83, of Wichita, Kansas, daughter of Nevins Joe and Jessie Faye (Cody) Collins, was born on June 4, 1926 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and went to her Heavenly Home on December 18, 2009.

She was united in marriage to Alva Wayne Hopkins on June 22, 1944 in Mtn. Grove, Missouri.

June worked many years at the Brown Shoe Company in Mtn. Grove. After her move to Wichita, she ran a state day care out of her home for seventeen years. She loved taking care of all those kids and providing them a fun place to stay every day. Many of the children still kept in touch with her. She was proud of her country roots and shared many stories about her childhood in Arkansas.

June had only one hobby and that was taking care of her family. She lived her life for her family and the love they all had for her was bigger than life itself.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, A. Wayne Hopkins; two sisters, Nolene and Corrine; and three brothers, Roy, Bob and Dean.

She is survived by her five children, Jeanne Calhoun and best friend Pam of Springfield, Missouri, Larry Hopkins and wife Pam, David Hopkins and wife Sherrie, Sandy Bolan and husband Owen, and Janet Hopkins, all of Wichita, Kansas; seven grandchildren, Mindy Lickly, Jason Hopkins, Raine Hopkins, Chasta Ysidro, Kash Bolan, Haylie Bolan, and Kylee Hopkins, all of Wichita, Kansas; eleven great-grandchildren; one sister: Betty Rutter and husband Floyd of Cabool, Missouri; five brothers, Jack Collins and wife Carolyn of Brea, California, Charles Collins and wife Vera of Wichita, Kansas, Jim Collins and wife Sharyl of Mtn. Grove, Missouri, Larry Collins and wife Trevia of Collinsville, Illinois, and Fred Collins and wife Deanna of East Carondelet, Illinois; her granddogs, Reba, Mac, Minniepearl, Andy, Sadie, Tiki, Otis, Daisy, and Rosepip.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 22, 2009, in Craig-Hurtt Chapel with Rev. Tommie Gaston officiating. Song selections were”Go Rest High On That Mountain,” “She’s An Eagle When She Flies,” and “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident).” Pallbearers were Nile Augspurger, Kash Bolan, Rick Hall, Herbie Hopkins, Jason Hopkins, and Monte Ysidro. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.

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