Wanda “Cindy” Lea Hopkins, 92, died suddenly Dec. 4, 2019, while at dinner with her husband, Paul, and granddaughters, Ashley and Cynthia, a few days after her 92nd birthday.
She was born Wanda Hays to Neola and Thomas Hays in Alvin, Texas on Dec. 1, 1927. She was very proud of her Texas Hill Country heritage and her long line of strong Texas women. During her long life she lived in her beloved Hill Country in and around Austin, the Texas coast, Colorado, Moab, Utah, and Salt Lake City, Utah.
Wanda began a pioneering four-decade business career during World War II with the U.S. government. Followed by small and large businesses, such as Austin Metal and Iron, Midland Telephone, and Contel Telephone (now Verizon). During her career, she worked beside treasured friends who became as close as family. Throughout her career and life, she led by setting an example of how women can expand their rights and responsibilities.
Wanda was married to Paul Hopkins, her beloved and constant companion for 63 years. For three of her four-decade career they worked side-by-side as managers. Inseparable, they raised two sons, Art and David Hopkins.
She was a much-loved matriarch to a far-flung family. Her sons, their wives, Kathy May and Teri Jensen, her grandchildren, Cynthia Hall, Ashley Hopkins and Eric (Koda) Hopkins; great-grandson Jaden Hall, and over 60 nieces and nephews were her cherished family. To the day of her death, this large boisterous family she loved, regularly traveled from all over the country to her home. She loved their visits.
Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Gerald Hays; and daughter in-law, Kathy May. Her husband, Paul Hopkins; her sister, Richie Stucky; her sons and their children survive her.
Please consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the American Cancer Society in remembrance of Wanda’s life.