WHITEWATER — Doris O. Hopkins, 97, died on November 28, 2017 at Wheat State Manor in Whitewater.  Mrs. Hopkins was a school teacher at Benton Elementary School and retired in 1985 after 24 years.  She was born July 2, 1920 in rural Benton, Ks., the daughter of Frank and Verna (McMaster) Bodecker.  Doris grew up in Butler County and graduated from Whitewater High School and obtained her masters from Emporia University.  Doris married Vernon Hopkins in May of 1941 at Palmyra Baptist Church.

Doris is preceded in death by her husband Vernon, her parents, a brother Blaine and sister Valla.  She is survived by sons Frank J. (Marty) of Pratt, Kan., Fred J. (Shelley) of Benton, Kan., Dean (Mary) of Benton, Kan.; a daughter Janet (David) Sager of Moran, Kan.; nine grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren; a sister Orpha Parrish and sister in law Sarajane Bodecker. 

Funeral services for Doris will be held at 10 a.m., on Monday, December 4, 2017, at Palmyra Baptist Church, Rural Benton, KS, burial following service at Benton Cemetery.  Viewing will be held on Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 3-6 p.m. at the Funeral Home. 

Memorial contributions can be made to Circle District Educational Fund to benefit Benton Elementary or Palmyra Baptist Church in Doris’s name and can be mailed in care of Lamb Funeral Home, P.O. Box 358, Whitewater, KS 66861.  Online condolences at www.zeinerfuneralhomes.com.  Services by Lamb Funeral Home, 120 S. Main, Whitewater, KS.  316-799-2000.