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Mary Knott Bazemore Hopkins
Mary Knott Bazemore Hopkins, age 93, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.
Mary was born in Philadelphia on Sept. 12, 1926. She was the daughter of Earl Leroy Bazemore and Mary Knott Bazemore, MD.
Mary was a graduate of The Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke College and Bryn Mawr College. Mary dedicated her entire life to the enrichment of others in many ways. After college she assisted in London during World War II as a volunteer helping to rehouse those who had lost homes to the bombings. After returning, she taught first grade at The Episcopal Academy, Merion, and later was head of school for districts specializing in working with children with special needs.
In 1951, she married John “Jack” Hopkins, MD, who was then finishing his residency in general surgery at Lankenau Hospital. They shared a full and happy marriage for 63 years.
At age 35, Mary attended and graduated magna cum laude from the Temple University school of horticulture. Her passion for everything beautiful in the landscape became her legacy. Her own gardens in Penn Valley were open to the Garden Club of America, and she designed gardens well into her 80s up and down the East Coast, bringing joy and beauty to many private homes, schools and public places.
Mary was very intellectual, and had a passion for learning and sharing her knowledge. She taught at the Barnes Foundation for many years as well as lecturing to innumer- able garden groups throughout the country. In her 50s, she and her husband Jack organized and led study tours abroad covering history, horticulture and architecture for a total of 29 trips exploring European countries, leading groups such as the Union League of Philadelphia, the Charleston Museum Group and the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society.
She and Jack retired to Charleston, South Carolina, in 1990 for 15 years. They continued to spend summers and holidays in their beloved Spring Valley Farm in Benton. This place she called “heaven on earth” continues to be the destination for family and friends with its beauty and serenity she and Jack and family created over the years.
In describing her life upon receiving The Baldwin School alumnae award in 1999, Mary said “I was brilliantly happy. I was teaching. I was learning. I was creating and I was standing in the mud. What more could life hold?”
Mary’s love of life, beauty and nature, is carried on by her children: Elizabeth Blackstone, San Anselmo, California, and John Hopkins Jr. and his wife, Todd, of Orangeville. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Hopkins, and daughter, Caroline Shauger of Orangeville. She is survived by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and her loving brother, Charles Bazemore and wife, Kathy, of Atlanta.
Private family memorial services will be held a later date. Friends may remember Mary with a contribution to a charity of the donors choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Roat- Kriner Funeral Home, 1133 Bloom Road, Danville.
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We met Mary through our business, Timeworn Treasures. She was a spunky, talented, sweet soul with a twinkle in her eye. She always enjoyed coming into our shop and we were always excited to see her. Mary was often up to some new creative project and we loved hearing about her latest adventure. She had a passion for life and though most people Mary's age downsize and get a smaller house..oh, not Mary! She came in to tell us she was getting a bigger house and she was so excited. She was truly an inspiration to us and we feel blessed that we knew her. She was a stand out person for many reasons and one we will never forget. We will miss seeing her come into the shop but will always remember the two words she would leave us with before she left... "happy life". Ours is surely happier having known her. We send our deepest sympathy. Patti, Kim, & Debbi
Patti, Kim, & Debbi May 10 2020 12:00 AM
Mary was a person who loved life and beauty. We remember her beautiful gardens and spectacular flower arrangements at Forks Farm Market. It was always a pleasure to see her at the opera. Her enthusiasm will be missed. A donation was made in her name to N4Cs. With sympathy.
Jerry and Kathy Arcuri May 8 2020 12:00 AM
John and Todd,
My deepest condolences on the death of your beloved mother. May her memory bring you comfort. Prayers are being sent for strength and peace for you and your family.
Minette Albertson Meyer
Minette Albertson Meyer May 3 2020 12:00 AM
My deepest condolences to Mary's family. She was an inspiration not only with her vast knowledge of plants, but her optimistic point of view and bubbly personality made her a delight to spend time with. We both belonged to the Country Cultivaters (Benton Garden Club) and our group would meet occasionally at her farm in Waller. It was a joy to walk through her beautifully landscaped estate situated beside a lovely pond. Her talents enhanced the beauty of the earth for many. I consider it an honor to have known her.
Melanie Anderson May 3 2020 12:00 AM