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On Friday, July 9, 2010, Marcelle Hopper of Weatherford, Texas
passed from this earthly existence to an unimaginably better one
with Christ. Marcelle was 86 years old.
Marcelle Florence deLeleu Hopper was born Dec. 31, 1923, in
Springtown, Texas, daughter of the late Maurice V. deLeleu and
Donnie Lee Prather. Marcelle received her bachelor's degree in
music from North Texas State Teachers College, now known as the
University of North Texas, and her master's degree in education
from Texas Christian University. Marcelle taught elementary music
education in Weatherford for 42 years, while giving private piano
lessons every day after school. Marcelle also played the organ at
North Side Baptist Church for over 57 years.
On July 3, 1948, Marcelle and Charles William Hopper were married
and began their life together in Weatherford. For 61 years,
Marcelle and Charles had a marriage and partnership that
continually demonstrated their friendship, respect, commitment and
love for one another in sickness and in health, for richer, for
poorer, for better, for worse. Their approach to security would
seem foreign in today's America. They saved one paycheck and
invested the other. Innovation combined with frugality meant the
family was never denied any need or opportunity of importance.
Marcelle and Charles encouraged education, supported activities and
provided travel throughout their sons' lives. It is through their
efforts that Marcelle's vision for her sons came to light.
Dr. Ken C. Hopper, age 51, graduated summa cum laude from Baylor
University in Waco, TX, received his medical degree from University
of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX, completed his residency
at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX and recently received
an MBA in a combined program from University of Texas at
Dallas/Southwestern Medical School. He is the Chief Medical
Officer/Vice President of Clinical Innovation at Life Synch, a
Humana company. He is also the owner of a behavioral health
specialty group and clinic, The Hopper Group, and currently lives
in Fort Worth, TX.
Charles "Dee" Hopper, Esq., age 43, is also a graduate of Baylor
University, with a bachelor's degree in political science and a
master's degree in business. He then received his law degree from
Oklahoma City University and attended the master of law program at
Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He is a founding partner
of the Law Offices of Lynch, Hopper & Salzano, LLP, and currently
lives in Las Vegas, NV.
Education and travel were continually of utmost importance to
Marcelle. She combined the two every summer when she and Charles
would take their two sons on a vacation across the country, mapping
out their route so as to visit every possible historic venue along
the way. Whether attending a world's fair or touring a presidential
library, every trip was both educational and fun. Through this
format, Marcelle and Charles were able to take the family to all 50
states in the Union, as well as Canada and Mexico.
Finally, one of the crowning jewels in Marcelle's legacy has to be
her promotion of and work regarding The Orphan Train Society. This
society significantly attributed to the diversification of America
by transferring orphans of all nationalities from impoverished
conditions in the east to families throughout the south and the
west. The impact of this society upon American history was such
that it is now addressed in our children's textbooks, and
specifically so due to the countless hours and days of research and
writing by Marcelle.
Marcelle will be tremendously missed by all those whose lives she
touched, from the thousands of children she taught and churchgoers
she played for, to the two boys whose lives she and Charles
immeasurably bettered when they adopted them and gave them
unconditional love. Marcelle is now with Charles in our Lord God's
Kingdom of Heaven. May she rest in peace.
Survivors: Adopted sons, Dr. Ken Chris Hopper and Charles "Dee"