Jean F. Hopson, age 87, of Monmouth, Illinois, passed away at 8:57 PM on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at OSF Holy Family Medical Center in Monmouth, Illinois. She was born on June 7, 1932 in Monmouth, Illinois, the daughter of Terrance W. and Frances (Burns) Gavin. Jean attended Farmer's Academy and was a graduate of Monmouth High School. On December 14, 1970, she married Richard D. " Dick " Hopson in Moline, Illinois, and he preceded her in death on October 30, 2012. Jean worked for Illinois Banker Life, the Edward Arthur Melinger Foundation, and was the organist at Meling's Restaurant in Monmouth. She was a co-owner of Hopson Sales and Service in Raritan, Illinois with her husband. Jean was a long time member of Immaculate Conception Church and it's Alter and Rosary Society. Jean was a member of the American Shorthorn Association and the Midwest Oliver Collectors. She enjoyed country music, Ray Price, Chicago Cubs baseball, and her collie's; Lassie, Lacy, Shar, and Missie. Mostly, Jean loved family gatherings and watching sports.
Jean is survived by two daughters, Julie Hopson of Coal Valley, Illinois and Jane Hopson of Downs, Illinois. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Jean is preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard, three sisters; Mary Smith, Dolly Lefort, and Helen Irey, and one brother, Bill Gavin.
A private graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Monmouth, Illinois. A Celebration of Jean's Life and Memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Memorials may be left to Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth or the Midwest Oliver Association.
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