Margaret Ellen Hopper

August 19, 1923


December 15, 2020

Margaret Ellen Hopper

August 19, 1923


December 15, 2020

Margaret Ellen Hopper, 97 years young, passed away on Dec. 15, 2020. Born in Ryegate on Aug. 19, 1923, she was the youngest of four children born to Henry and Ethel Jacobson. She received her elementary education in Ryegate, graduating from high school in 1941. She was a member of the Methodist Youth Fellowship, played snare drums in band, and was in high school plays and in the 4-H club. She attended Billings Business College and then worked as a secretary for HF Johnson Petroleum Trucking Co. in Laurel until her marriage to Otis Hopper on May 5, 1945. He passed away on July 12, 2010, after 65 years of marriage.

Margaret was a 76-year member of the First Methodist Church and a longtime member of Dorcas Circle. Margaret was Membership Secretary of the church for 25 years and also chairperson of the Prayer Chain as well. She was a member of Billings Friendship Chapter, #124, O.E.S since 1943 and a member of Chapter A.V. PEO since 1977. She served as volunteer at the Billings Clinic for 22 years and for many years she was a member of the Billings OptiMrs Club.

Mom was a very caring person and had a great/quick sense of humor. Even in the last few weeks, she was still zinging us with her comments. As one of her friends said, she was “the essence of kindness.” She loved to play cards and even won in her later years when her memory was fading. But she could remember lots of the old songs and would sing them to us over the phone. She was an expert at English and grammar and corrected us if our grammar was wrong. She will be sorely missed.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis; her parents; two brothers and a sister. Surviving are three children, Florine Marshall (Darrell) of Soldotna, Alaska, Jim Hopper (Jan) of Parker, Colorado, and Julie Koch (Mark) of Spokane, Washington; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at Michelotti Sawyers Mortuary. Memorial services will be held at a later date due to Covid19 pandemic. A private burial is planned.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the First Methodist Church or charity of your choice. Condolences may be shared with the family at

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9 thoughts on “Margaret Ellen Hopper”

  1. I lost a very dear friend and prayer partner. Even when she decided to go off the prayer chain because of health issues she would always ask me to let her know when there was a request. She would call me to ask about certain people in the church and how they were doing, always saying “I probably asked you before but tell me again”. I never would let her know if she had before. She kept every prayer request in books so I could refresh my mind and hers. The Lord took a wonderful friend and I know His first words were “Well done faithful servant”. God Bless all the family!

  2. Jay and Lynne Montague

    Dear Florine, Jim and Julie

    Your mom will always be remembered for her sweetness
    And kindness. Otis and Margaret will always be in our
    cherished memories.

  3. Your mom is about the last of the adults who knew me from a very young childhood. I always loved being around her. She was such a lady, in the true sense of the word, and so kind. I will miss her. Joyce

  4. Margaret was such a sweet reflection of Jesus! I got to know her well while she lived at Westpark. She was a dear friend of my cousin, Merle. They shared a dining table there and I was BLESSED to join them often. After her move we missed her encouraging presence! Merle went on to Glory in August…can only imagine their joyous reunion. She’s HOME!

  5. Leonard & Linda Iverson

    Margaret was a dear friend of my mom, Phyllis Johnson, and this is how I became acquainted with her. She was such a kind lady and a joy to be around. She will be missed. Our condolences to her family.

  6. Kim ( Hanson) Yasenak

    I will always have fond memories of your mom. She was a beautiful and gracious lady. Her friendly nature and her ability to engage in a great conversation will always be remembered.
    Thinking of you and your family.

  7. My name is Janice Bayers Gross and I was related to Margaret through marriage of my brother, Max, to Florence, Margaret’s sister. We last saw Margaret and her son Jim when she moved into a new apartment in West Park Village. Margaret has been a part of our family for the last 50 years and she will be sadly missed.

    1. I remember Margaret being such a wonderful person and very devoted to her Christian walk. And the church. Remember her dedication to umw too. Sorry for the loss of such a dear friend. I also remember our bus rides to church. And her wonderful spirit. Sometimes prayer chains are difficult when phones are difficult to get to or hear especially in retirement homes and so on.

  8. Robin Williams Denick

    The Williams family was so sorry to hear of Margaret’s passing. Our father Keith Williams (now 95) was Margaret’s first cousin as her mother was a sister of Billy Williams, our grandfather. Margaret and Otis often stopped by Ryegate to visit with our grandparents and family members. Margaret had a lovely distinctive voice and was warm and gracious–always thoughtful, always kind and always immaculate from tip to toe. She and Otis were a charming couple. Although I have lived out of state for many years and hadn’t seen her for a long while, my dad and uncle would often mention her with great fondness. Margaret lived a considered and consequential life. May her memory forever be a blessing. Our sincere condolences to her family.

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