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Mildred Irene Hopkins

Mildred Irene Hopkins
a resident of Big Bear Lake and Fawnskin since 2000, passed away June 21, 2011. 
She was 95 years young.

Millie was born in Logon, Mont., April 2, 1916, to her parents Leslie and Ruth Griffin. 
She always said her dad had itchy feet, as they moved some 19 times while she was 
growing up. In the 1930s, they settled in North Hollywood, Calif., where her dad opened a malt shop. He named it, fittingly, "Millie's Malt Shop." As it turned out, her husband-to-be was a sign painter and made the sign for the shop.

Well, one thing led to another and after 3 years dating and saving money, the couple 
eloped to Yuma, Ariz., where they were married on Aug. 23, 1940. In the 1950s, the 
family, having now grown to include 2 daughters, Marty and Barbara, moved to Sunland, 
Calif. Marty and her husband, Russ Humphreys, presently reside in Fawnskin, while 
Barbara and her husband, Dave Krone, enjoy retirement in Atna, Calif.

She leaves behind a family legacy that includes 6 grandchildren: Debbie and her husband, Marc Massy, of Lake William, Calif., Nancy and her husband, Paul Grimshaw, of Burbank, Calif., Jack Laws and his wife, Darci, of Loomis, Calif., William Laws and his wife, Shawna, also of Loomis, Calif., Peggy and A.J. Rystad of Caldwell, Idaho, Tim Laws of Atna, Calif.

Millie had 11 great grandchildren as well: Jessica & Cassey Massey of Lake William; Dean and Dylon Grimshaw of Burbank; Shelena, Jake, Jenae and Elexa Laws of Loomis; Eric, Katie and Nathan Rystad of Caldwell, Idaho.

Millie was laid to rest next to her husband of 49 years, Roy Hopkins, and her mother and father at the Valhalla Cemetery in North Hollywood, Calif. Those attending the services included her family and a number of close friends. She will be truly missed. May God bless her and keep her until we see her again.

"Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 1:06 pm
Submitted by: Peggy Hooper