Carol Hopper

December 16, 1926 ~ March 28, 2011

"God saw Carol was getting tired and a cure was not meant to be, so He put His arms around her and whispered, Come With Me' ".

Carol Hopper, age 84, passed away Monday, March 28, 2011, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

Born December 16, 1926, in New Orleans, she was a native of Gulfport, MS. She graduated from Cadet Nursing Program in New Orleans during WW II and was an American Red Cross Nurse and a medical missionary to Nicaragua. Upon the opening of South Cameron Memorial Hospital, she moved to Cameron where she was a nurse there at the hospital for over 25 years. There she was a member of Catholic Daughters Court Marie Olive in Creole, LA. She became a resident of Lake Charles 38 years ago where she was a member of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. Mrs. Hopper was world traveler and traveled outside the country 37 times. Her family will always cherish her memories and interesting stories from her many trips that were shared with everyone she met. Mrs. Hopper loved plants and flowers as well. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Kenneth Hopper of Lake Charles; two daughters, Madeline Hopper Savoie and husband, James, of Lake Charles and Marie Celeste Hopper-Petsch of Austin, TX; 1 grandchild, Candice Savoie Menard and husband, Ricky of Lake Charles; one great-grandson, Justin Menard of Lake Charles; and one sister, Violet Kastner of Dixon, IL.

Her funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 31 2011, at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. Msgr. James Gaddy will officiate. Burial will follow in Prien Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 30, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and again on Thursday, March 31, from 8 a.m. until time of service. A talk from the heart will begin at 6:30 p.m. by her great-grandson, Justin Menard, followed by a poem read by her daughter, Madeline H. Savoie. Next will be the song, "Amazing Grace" which will be led by her daughter, Marie Celeste Hopper-Petsch. She will also be performing sign language at that time. A rosary will follow at 7 p.m.

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  1. Carol will be missed by her mission buddies at Christ the Healer in New Orleans and Nicaragua. She was a special gift in my life and to the mission. Her spirit will be greatly missed.

  2. HelloAndy and I want to share the hurt with you. God blesses us with The Memories She will always be with you because of that. The gift to think of her anytime we want to. Whether tears come from our eyes or a smile to our lips, at least we have that. Share your Memories with each other and The Happiness will spread like the Love she gave to all of us. God Bless and keep you in his loving care. Andy Jenny

  3. I am so sorry for your loss…Ms. Hopper was a legend and will never be forgotten. She was very, very loved and always will be….

  4. I'll always have fond memories of her at the hospital when I had pneumonia in the first grade. She was always so caring. My prayers are with the family.

  5. Italian: Capisco che e morta la zia carolina ci dispiace tanto ci uniamo a voi tutti condoglianze uniti afratelli e sorelle con affetto salvatore e linaEnglish: I understand that Aunt Carol has passed and send our sorrow and condolences to your family from my brothers and sister as we join together with love, Salvatore and Lina

  6. love working with Mrs. Hopper mr. Hopper at South Cameron Hospital Mrs Hopper was the best nurse love Mrs Hopper she will be missed

  7. Ms. Carol was the most inspirational person that I have ever met in my life and that says alot I am 50 yrs old. I met her at my workplace in 2007. From the day I met her I went home and told my husband that I wanted to grow up to be just like her. She had a gift of breathing life into every place she visited like oxygen to someone gasping for air. I will treasure my memories of her forever, this is another life she has touched and changed. I thank God that He allowed me to meet her and each day from that day on she was lifted in my prayers to heaven, I felt and still feel she had a true anointing from our Lord and Savior. She shared many stories and pictures of her travels and of her family and extended family in Nicaragua. Her love for each just pouring forth filled with joy.As I listened to each of you share your many talents and tales I was taken aback at how she lives on in each of you. You each have a big part of her living on within you and will go to share it with a hurting world. What a legacy she has passed on!

  8. My condolences to the family and many friends of Mrs. Carol Hopper. I had the good fortune to work with Mrs. Carol at two different times in my life. She inspired me as a teenager to become a nurse. I am just one of many who admired her and gravitated to her energy and dedication. My prayers are with you all.

  9. My deepest symphathy and prayers are with Mr. Hopper and the entire family. Sorry I will not be able to be there at this time of loss. Your entire family means the world to me and Mrs. Hopper was the best. She is now at rest with the Lord.

  10. My sincere condolences to the Hopper family in the passing of Carol.We met many, many years ago at McNeese during a sign language class, and she basically took that young 20- something year old under her wing. Friendly, lovely lady.

  11. To the Hopper family: My heart is sad for your loss. Mrs. Hopper was a truly wonderful and caring person who found good in everyone she met. She made a difference in many lives. And all for the better. She shall be missed. God rest her soul.

  12. What a wonderful lady Mrs. Carol was. I met her 10 years ago when I went on a mission trip. She and I shared lots of stories during that time. My prayers are with her family.

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