Barbara J. Hopkins Wednesday, July 10, 1935 - Friday, May 5, 2017

Barbara J. Hopkins, 81, of Eau Claire, died Friday, May 5, 2017, at Oak Crest AFC in Niles.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at Bright Star Tabernacle (where she was a member), 5130 Old Pipestone Road, Eau Claire, with Pastor Mike Fields officiating. A luncheon will follow the service. Memorials may be made to the church or to Hospice at Home. Bowerman Funeral Home, Eau Claire, is assisting the family, and online condolences may be left at

Barbara was born July 10, 1935, in Benton Harbor, the daughter of Julius and Crystal (Gillenwater) Thar. She married James A. Hopkins, and she worked as office manager for their company, Southwest Michigan Electric. She loved animals, having family get-togethers, and cooking, and she was always ready to lend a hand and help out wherever she could.

She was predeceased by her husband, James Sr.; their son, James A. Hopkins Jr.; sister, Marie (Don) Partridge of Eau Claire; and granddaughter, Julie Ann.

Surviving are two sons, Jerry (Tina) Hopkins and John (Patsy) Hopkins, all of Eau Claire.  Barbara also raised a granddaughter, Jennifer (Ross) Hicks, who was the daughter of Barbara’s late son James Jr.  Also surviving are grandchildren: Branden (Haley) Hopkins, Jade Pipkins, Jonathon Hopkins, Marc (Ashley) Hopkins, Justin (Kim) Hopkins, Jimmy (Lacey) Lucas, Brittany (Johnny) Bovo, Jaydynn Hopkins, Jeremy (Annette) Hopkins, April Hopkins; and 21 great-grandchildren.  


Join us on May 9, 2017, 1 p.m. Tuesday

Bright Star Tabernacle, 5130 Old Pipestone Road, Eau Claire, MI 49111

Sorry for your loss, she was an amazing woman....  the only one who could keep the boys in line.

Condolences to your entire family.

We were very saddened to hear of your Mother's passing, our deepest condolences & prayers to your entire family.