Mary Deralda Hopkins
1885 - 1962
Mary Hopkins taught music at Maplewood Academy in its earliest years, teaching private lessons and both choral and instrumental groups. Through her work with the music ensembles at the school and in the churches in Minnesota she helped create school spirit on campus and gain support from the school's constituents. In the 1920s, she became secretary of the Minnesota Conference Sabbath School Department and then served in the same capacity in the Oregon and Southern California conferences.
Mary was botn in Chatfield, Minnesota, the daughter of John and Sara Hopkins. She was educated in the public schools and pursued music study in Minneapolis. Just before her retirement after 42 years of service, she worked as a Bible worker. She was residing in Azuza, California, when she died, three days after her 77th birthday.
Sources: Obituaries, Review & Herald, 5 July 1962 and the Northern Union Outlook, 26 June 1962; Adrian R.M. Lauritzen, Saints of the Northern Star, 77.