Information for Violet L. Paff Hopper

14 August, 1905 - 14 August, 1994

From the Idaho Press-Tribune

August, 1994
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo


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Violet Hopper

    Violet L. Hopper, Caldwell, died at a local care center, August 14, 1994, on her 89th birthday.  A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 17, in the Boone Memorial Presbyterian Church, 14th and Dearborn, Caldwell, after private graveside services at Hillcrest Cemetery.
    Born in 1905 in north central North Dakota, she was the first child to be born in the newly established town of McKinney where her father, William, a millwright and miller and her mother, Laura Paff, had constructed a flour and feed mill.  The family later moved to Tolley, N.D., where she attended elementary and secondary school.  After two years of teacher training at Minot Normal School, North Dakota, she traveled to central Montana where she taught school for eight years before marrying Ted M. Hopper of Hilger, MT.  In 1936 Ted and Violet moved with their four children to Idaho where they farmed in the communities of Dixie, Fargo, Marble Front and Caldwell.  
    After raising a family of ten children she resumed her education and teaching career in 1958, earning her B.A. in education from the College of Idaho in 1963.  She taught in several elementary schools in Canyon County including Pleasant Ridge, Notus, Marble Front, Maple Grove, Huston and Greenleaf for 13 years before retiring in 1972.  Mrs. Hopper's husband preceded her in death on September 21, 1979.  They were very active in the Centerpoint, Fargo, Notus and Canyon County Pomona Grange and were both 7th Degree members.
    Surviving are her sons, Kenneth of Caldwell, Edwin of  Hillsboro Ore., Mark of San Diego, Ca., Jerry of Nampa, Burt of Wapato, Wa.; daughters, Joan Bell of Richardson, Texas, Marilyn Newbill of Nampa, Sharon Lombard of Twin Falls, Joyce Greenfield of Caldwell, Valerie Alves of Meridian; 32 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.
    Remembrances may be sent to the Center for Children Foundation, 3002 Armstrong St., San Diego, CA. 92111, or Juvenile Diabetes Research, American Diabetes Assoc., 1528 Vista Ave., Boise, ID. 83705.



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