Nancy Myer Hopkins

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Nancy Myer Hopkins, 82

SCARBOROUGH - Nancy Myer Hopkins, 82, died after a long illness on July 5, 2018 at Piper Shores in Scarborough.

She was born in East Orange, N.J., and moved at an early age with her parents to North Berwick where her father John Colby Myer, M.D., became the "Town Doctor". Later, her family moved to Springvale, where they lived for many years.

After marriage in 1955 to her beloved surviving husband of 65 years, the Rt. Rev. Harold A. Hopkins, DD, and determined to complete her education while raising a large family, Nancy attended a number of institutions throughout her life, depending upon where family events took her. These included Brown University, Rhode Island, The State University of New York, The University of Southern Maine, (BA) and North Dakota State University (MSW). The variety of educational experiences suited her; her children teased her about being "A college jumper".

Nancy's mother was Martha Hamblin Myer, originally of Rhode Island. She had three sisters and one brother: Susan Myer Reilly of Yarmouth; Priscilla Myer Mackeith of Brunswick, Jane Myer Elert of Seattle, and Peter Myer of Portland.

She was largely and variously self-employed: A preschool director in North Yarmouth and founder of a preschool on Chebeague Island. She was a private consultant on family and child relations, co-founder of "The Clergy Family Network" in the Episcopal Church, USA, a consultant, "pioneer" and author regarding the systemic response to clergy professional misconduct in the Episcopal Church and beyond. She was deeply involved in refugee resettlement with Lutheran Social Services in Minnesota and elsewhere, and an individual and small group therapist. She was also a widely known and respected lecturer and consultant on clergy families and specifically "women's concerns" throughout the country.

A few of her wide and varied personal interests were gardening, sailing, small farming and sheep raising, painting, playing the recorder and travel! She dearly loved the "co-raising" of her six amazing children; two daughters and three sons: Thomas Hopkins, Fargo, N.D.; Elisabeth Hopkins, Hope, Maine; Katherine Piecuch, Memphis, Tenn.; Jonathan, Rochester, N.Y.; and Paul, United Arab Emirates. She rejoiced in her six grandchildren and was in addition interested in just about everything else! Her husband cheerfully referred to her as "The last of the Renaissance Women".

Nancy was predeceased by her oldest son, Andrew C. Hopkins, M.D., sometime of Dallas, Texas.

A memorial celebration of her life and gathering of family and friends will be announced later. Arrangements entrusted to Hobbs Funeral Home, South Portland. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hobbsfuneralhome.com

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on July 12, 2018
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