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Elsie-Eloise (Hyde) Hopkins

Elsie-Eloise (Hyde) Hopkins, 88, died October 8, 2010 in Haverhill following her extended illness. She was the wife of Wendell Hopkins of Rowley.

Born in Wheeling West Virginia in 1921, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Roger and Sophie (Grosscurth) Hyde, she lived in Calais Maine until attending and graduating from Boston Bouve College.  As a physical therapist she volunteered for service in World War II in the U.S.  Army Medical Corp, serving as a First Lieutenant attached to the 16th General Hospital in the European Theatre.  She was decorated with the European Theatre ribbon and three bronze Battle Stars for the Battles of Normandy, the Ardennes, and the Rhineland.  At the end of the war she enrolled in Tufts University and earned a Bachelorís Degree in Science and Masters Degree in Science for her work with Polio patients.

After marriage and raising five children she returned to professional life as a school psychologist in the Lowell Public Schools until her retirement. A lifelong writer, she devoted time to her writing at her home on Stackyard Road, Rowley. She attended the 16th General Army Hospital Reunions throughout her life and benefited from the lifelong camaraderie that grew out of shared wartime experiences.  She served as the first woman Commander of the Rowley VFW Post  5707 . 
In addition to her husband she is survived by five children, Wendy, Kenneth, Elaine, Brian and Walter, six grand children and four great-grandchildren who she deeply loved.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time, and will be announced by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.      
Her family would like to thank her friends and many loving caregivers, including the staff at Merrimac Valley Hospice and Pennacook Place. To
support her family you may write to 1 Maplewood Terrace, Haverhill, MA 01830

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