Joan Marilyn (Gabrielson) Hopkins

June 1, 1929 ~ November 7, 2022 (age 93) 93 Years Old


Joan Hopkins, 93, passed away November 7, 2022, surrounded by her loving family in thoughts and prayers.  Her faith in Jesus Christ sustained her through hospital and hospice care.

Joan was born June 1, 1929, in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Swedish immigrant parents.  An only child, she grew up among a large extended family.  She attended Gustavus Adolphus College for a year, then began working.

She met the love of her life, George Hopkins, on a blind date. They were married in 1951 and eventually settled in Prairie Village, Kansas, in 1956, to raise their family of four. She worked in retail sales when their children were grown and eventually became the caregiver for her husband.  Widowed in 2005, she continued to care for friends and was active in her church, Leawood Baptist.

Joan relocated to Fort Worth, Texas in 2016 to be closer to family. She made many new friends at Vantage Retirement Center and Arborlawn Methodist Church.  Joan was raised in the Lutheran faith, teaching children as a teenager, and continued for most of her life.  Her fondest memories were vacations with her husband and family. Her strong Christian faith sustained her throughout her life.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband, George C. Hopkins; and parents, John Gabrielson, and Evelyn Gabrielson.

Survivors include her four children, Debbie Barrett Adams (Tim), Nancy Burandt (David), Barbara Orsund (Jim), and John Hopkins (Donna); grandchildren, Ashley Barrett, Brett Barrett (Nicole), Julie Ann Burandt delaPena (Javier), Benjamin Burandt, Nathan Hopkins (Kourtney), Rachel Hopkins, David Hopkins, Jacob Hopkins, Katie Orsund, and James Orsund; eight great-grandchildren; and many friends.

Graveside services to be announced later in Johnson County Chapel and Memorial Gardens in Overland Park, Kansas.

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