GLORIA H. HOPKINS
Gloria was born in Philadelphia, PA to the late Jennings John Marshall, and Estella
Glass Marshall on June 18th, 1937. She was the fourth child of eight children. She was educated in the Philadelphia School System and graduated from Simon Gratz High School.
Gloria met and married Stephen Hopkins. From this union they had four children:
Stephen Jr., Gwendolyn, Gregory, and Omar.
Gloria loved colorful things, especially, the color purple. She also loved butterflies, butterflies, and more butterflies. Gloria loved music of all genres, working with plants, solving crossword puzzles, and watching Animal Planet and Tanked. She was a faithful member of Saint Benedict’s Parish and Gospel Choir. She left the choir when her health began to fail.
When Gloria’s husband became a deacon, Father Moore asked her if she would be Director of Religious Education (DRE). She was the first DRE for Saint Benedict’s Parish. As a DRE, she instructed children who were catholic, but attended public schools, about their Catholic Faith. Gloria also tutored adults who were interested in joining the Catholic Faith.
Preceding her in death are her husband Deacon Stephen Hopkins; three brothers: Earl, Thomas, and the Reverend Robert Marshall; two sisters: Elaine Marshall Coates and Barbara Marshall; one daughter-in-law: Denise Hopkins; five grandchildren: Jacinta Hopkins, Tomarra Hopkins, Gregory Hopkins Jr., Wayne, and Sabrina Johnson.
Gloria leaves the following in mourning, her children: Stephen Hopkins Jr., Gwendolyn Hopkins-Prout, Gregory Sr. (Shree) and Omar; two sisters: Elsie Adams & Loretta Marshall; Nine Grandchildren: Daisy, Teikeita, Leticia, Jason, Damaris, Jeannette, Ebony, Zakiya, Christa. Twenty great-grandchildren: Sharif, Briana, Jazmine, Arianna, Sunni, Lafeese, Tyser, Ashera, Tre’ Von, Jewel, Elijah, Centurion, Anitra, Jordyn, Alexander, Nathan, Mylene, Leighton, Skylar, and Harleigh. One Great-Great Grand: Sharif Jr., along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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