It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Doris Mae Hopkins on March 27, 2020 at the age of 95.

Doris was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, a sister, a wife, a teacher, an alpinist, and a conservationist but mostly a very caring, generous and gracious woman who touched many lives.

The family would like to thank all the staff at St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital in Edmonton for their excellent care during her last years.

Upon her request there will be no funeral service. A memorial and celebration of her life will follow at a later date.

Doris is survived by her three children, Barbara, Don and Mary Campbell; two granddaughters; two great-granddaughters; and her nieces and nephews. We would like to thank each of the other family and extended family members and the many friends and caregivers who have kept Mom in their hearts over the years.

Donations to the Nature Conservancy of Canada would be a lovely way to honour her. The Hopkins Conservation Site at Coyote Lake in Leduc County, Alberta will be her and Eric’s lasting legacy.

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Heather Musgrove

Sending love and blessings, Barb, as you celebrate the life and love of your mom. I love reading the tributes and stories. She loved an amazing life and left a powerful legacy.
With love, Heather

Don Campbell

Being here with Mom during her final weeks and passing has been a real honour and privilege for me. It wasn’t always easy but there were so many blessings along the way that more than made up for that. It has made me aware of just how much I really did love her and I feel very thankful and blessed that she was my Mom.
Love always,

Rosemary Durrant

I have added a photo that is dear to my heart, taken in 2003. Doris with our granddaughter at the piano. That little girl graduates this year and ,yes, she plays the piano. Doris planted the seed!

Glennis Killoran

I have added some pictures to share with family and friends as we have to grieve apart at this time.
Grandma Doris looking at Granddaughter Sheila on her knee aged 4 and Grandpa Eric holding me in 1982.
Doris from the back, taking a photo of a moose.
Nana and me in 1999
Me skiing in the front yard at coyote lake and dog Terra



I’m grateful to have met your mom/grandmother Doris a few times over the years. I think of Coyote lake and all her and Eric did to be part of preserving and enjoying nature. When I think of her it’s the essence of her kind and gentle nature tinged with humor. She had a great smile just like the rest of her family! Take care, Janis

Kay Willson

Condolences to the family. So sorry you have to go through this at a time of social distancing. Sending virtual hugs to Barb, Sheila and Glennis. Thanks for sharing some memories of your Mom and Nana. I really admire how she passed on her love of nature to others.

Barbara Campbell

I would like to pay tribute to my dear mother Doris Hopkins. In the 1950’s and 1960’s, long before these things were recognized: She was a single parent of 3 children under 4, went back to university as an adult student, started teaching school full time, hired housekeepers to come in and help. Work – Life Balance was not even a concept, and somehow she made it work.. She was a cheerful person, never given to doom and gloom, as she would call it. She bought a cabin at Sylvan Lake which was very important for we three kids, giving us fun and a summer break. She sewed us fancy clothes for family weddings. She had nice birthday parties for us with home baked cakes (with nickels and dimes wrapped in wax paper, inside as a surprise). She was an energetic and creative mom. And I love her for that. And she did all that before 1965! And lived so many more decades and touched so many more lives..Thanks mom for being so strong and caring. I love you..

Brian Bassingthwaighte

So sorry for your loss. Doris was such a kind and gentle woman. Even when it is time it is hard to say farewell to a loved one. Love to all.

Hadar Thirlwell& Lorne thirlwell

Doris has raised a wonderful, caring son, Don and for that we are very grateful. Condolences to the family. Lots of love and blessings.

Rosemary Durrant

Doris showed us how to live life with dignity, purpose and clarity. So many memories and so much love.
Neil and Rosemary Durrant , Tanya and family, Adrian and family

Tanya Durrant

My deepest condolences to Doris’s family and friends. I have wonderful memories of spending time with Doris and Eric at Coyote Lake.

A pottery plant pot made by Doris sits on my kitchen counter where it can be enjoyed daily.


Songs we would sing as children Sheila Glennis and Jeremy) on the trip to coyote lake and with Nana when we visited coyote lake:
This land is your land
My paddles keen and bright
Lavenders blue

My condolences to my family and friends as we remember her. She is a wonderful person

Cindy & Dave Barratt

Doris was a very dear friend who was like family to us thru our time as neighbours at Coyote Lake!!! Doris and Eric will forever be in our hearts and thoughts, especially when we are out at our country retreat. Doris and I met and became friends while making pottery at the Parkland Potters Guild. Our friendship, love and appreciation of nature grew each weekend we spent at our treasured retreat bordering Coyote Lake. So many precious memories were made with Doris and Eric. Truly special people who gave their all for the conservation and protection of their beloved Coyote Lake! Our deepest sympathies to each of Doris’s family…u r all in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time. Our love & hugs
Cindy & Dave Barratt

Sharon Lake

My condolences to the family on the passing of Doris. Lynda B. is my neighbour and the death of her aunt touches us all. May God give you comfort and peace in this time of grieving.

Linda tom wall and family

Greatest honour to know such a wonderful lady. We learned so much from Doris
Bruce babysat their houseplants when the were in Africa. Doris taught Karen the Rose on piano
And Tom and I loved the tea on the porch overlooking lake listening to the loons. Love always


Our condolences to her family. We are neighbors to her wonderful son, Don. She must have been a wonderful woman to have raised such a caring and thoughtful son. May she rest peacefully.

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