In loving memory of Maxine Hopkins: 1938-2023


Beverly Maxine Hopkins, 85, of Yakima, Washington, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 9, of causes connected to old age. She had lived for several decades with her husband in Centralia. 

Maxine was born in Walla Walla, Washington, on June 20, 1938, and grew up on a ranch in the Blue Mountains with her sisters. They moved to Jacksonville, Oregon, where she developed a passion for basketball and graduated from Jacksonville High School. 

Twelve days after meeting him on a blind date at the movie “Some Like It Hot,” she married Richard Hopkins, of Central Point. 

Like her husband, after he left the Navy, she eventually became a drug and alcohol counselor and joined his firm, New Directions Counseling, in Chehalis, Washington. 

When they retired, they traveled the Pacific Northwest, attending plays and musical performances, and visiting family. Later, they traveled further afield with other retired military couples in RVs. Maxine’s favorite destination was Amish country, where she and Hoppy stopped to enjoy Amish hospitality and their grand but 100 percent homemade lunches. 

Her affection for the simple, devout culture of the Amish and similar peoples was not new. She and Richard were married on June 22, 1957, in a Quaker meeting house, where they were welcomed, despite his military service and uniform. 

Max and Hoppy were married for 60 years until his death in 2017. She said she was proud of her family and that her husband gave her a happy life. 

Maxine was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, her parents, and one sister. They left behind their sons, Curt, of San Francisco, California, and Kevin, of Yakima, Washington, and their families. 

A graveside service will be held for her at 11:15 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Section 10A, Site 202, where she will be buried by her husband.