Vivian A. Hopkins, 86, died Feb. 18, 2014 at Luther Manor nursing home in Dubuque. She was born in Brush, Colo., on Sept. 26, 1927 to Dale Thomas Focht and Mary Evelyn (Tennant) Focht. She grew up in Sidney and graduated from Sidney High School at the age of 16. She graduated from Commercial Extension Business School.

Vivian A. Hopkins, 86, died Feb. 18, 2014 at Luther Manor nursing home in Dubuque. She was born in Brush, Colo., on Sept. 26, 1927 to Dale Thomas Focht and Mary Evelyn (Tennant) Focht. She grew up in Sidney  and graduated from Sidney High School at the age of 16.  She graduated from Commercial Extension Business School.  


Vivian held positions as a bookkeeper at a Taxidermy in Omaha, a dental assistant at Dr. Bang's Dental Office in Hamburg, a nurse's aide at Melton Manor in Hamburg, a bookkeeper and nurse's aide at the Hamburg Hospital, and a bookkeeper at Crownline Plastics in Hamburg and Nebraska City.


Vivian married Richard Hopkins on Nov. 24, 1946 at the Sidney Methodist Church.


As an active member of the United Methodist Church of Hamburg, she served on the church council and led the women's organization.  She was a leader of the Washington PEP 4-H Club and member of the Good Neighbor Club.


She worked hard as a farmer tending hogs, chickens, cattle, and horses, and, along with Richard, was awarded the Outstanding Conservation award in 2005.  Vivian's favorite time of year was summer because of the Fremont County Fair and the Sidney Rodeo.  She enjoyed gardening and canning.  


After Richard's death in September of 2005, Vivian remained on the farm until March 2006.  Due to a fall, surgery and therapy in Dubuque, she lived there.


She is survived by daughters Margie Ann and husband Steve Connors of Dubuque and Jane Ellen and husband Fred Andrews of Prairie Village, Kan.; grandchildren Amy (Brad) Van Otterloo of Dubuque, Anthony (Elizabeth) Welter of Olathe, Kan., and Shawn (Amy) Murphy of Greeley, Colo.; great grandchildren Katherine Ann, Anna Rose, Graham Christopher, Evelyn Jane, and Joshua Allen.


A scholarship fund for high school graduates from Hamburg will be established in her name.


Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 1, at the United Methodist Church in Hamburg.  Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery in rural Hamburg.


The family will greet friends at the Shull-Gude Funeral Home in Riverton Friday, Feb. 28, from 5-8 p.m.


Shull-Gude Funeral Home in Riverton is in charge of arrangements.


Condolences may be left at www.gudefuneralhomes.com.