Faye Audrey Hopkins

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Faye Audrey (Taylor) Hopkins

Faye Audrey (Taylor) Hopkins, 74, of Overland Park, KS, passed away in her home on January 6, 2019. A funeral mass will be held on February 9th at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 1307 Holmes, Kansas City, MO, beginning at 3pm, and will be followed by a celebration of her life in the St. Mary’s parish hall.

Faye was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to Glenn and Doris (Markle) Taylor. Although she married an American and moved to the US in 1963, she proudly maintained her Canadian citizenship throughout her life. It was difficult living thousands of miles away from home and family, especially after her divorce, with 2 young kids to raise, but her faith in God, her sense of humor and her caring nature soon filled her life with another even larger family, related by love instead of blood.

Faye worked for many years at Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Co, her first employer in the US until the time of her retirement from there. She then started work at Bayer Animal Health, before retiring again after 10 years. Along the way, she made lasting friends with whom she stayed in contact, and she enjoyed attending annual retiree luncheons of both companies to reconnect with those friends.

Faye received such joy from seeing colorful blooms and greenery nearly year-round in the numerous garden beds which filled her yard. She had such a talent for gardening, we were certain she had garden fairies and enchanted worms! She felt honored that her gardens would prompt folks she had never met to stop and comment on her “arboretum.” She would happily give them a tour around her yard, and when they left, it was always with a bouquet of cut flowers or a bag filled with plants in soil for them to plant in their own yards. She’d include one of her cards for “Faye’s Friendship Garden” with her address on it, and an invitation to come back to visit any time. That was typical of Faye ~ there were no strangers, just friends she hadn’t met yet.

Although not physically able to spend as much time as she wished in her gardens in recent years, she kept busy and more than once joked that maybe if she went back to work, she’d have more free time! She was a proud and active member of the Lady Nancy Astor Chapter of the Daughters of the British Empire (DBE). She was also a knighted Dame in the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (SMOTJ), she had been a volunteer at the Folly Theater for many years, and had great fun playing bunko with a group of ladies for a time. In recent years, most of her volunteer time was spent in her church, including being one of “St. Mary’s Belles,” serving on the Vestry, and helping to provide treats in the parish hall after Sunday services, a practice that soon came to be known as the “Immaculate Receptions”!

Faye let go the sorrows of her Heart to allow in Faith, Love, Joy, Kindness, and Compassion, and she shared those with everyone she met. Faye’s loving nature, her willingness to help others, her quick smile and ever present laughter will all be dearly missed, until we meet her again. In the meantime, we’re sure the angels will be having a grand time!

Faye was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Glenna; her cousin, Ross, and her sister in spirit and faith, Marva. Faye is survived by her children, Don Hopkins (St. Louis) and Kelly Barnum (Lawrence), her brother Wayne Taylor (Mary; Ontario, CAN); nieces and nephews in Canada and England, Pamela, Phillip, Stephanie, and Daniel; her cousin, Ellie Markle (Leavenworth), her children, Tyler (Lisa), Ryan (Carol) and Jason (Lisa), and their children, Justin, Jessica, Lauryn, Matt, Kim, Zack, Jacob and Connor; and extended family and friends in both Canada and the US.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Battle Boutique, 11716 W 95th St, Overland Park, KS 66214,https://www.battle.boutique/; the MS Society of Canada,https://mssociety.ca/contact-us, or Base Academy of Music, 7910 Troost Ave., KC, MO 64131; https://www.bamkc.org/.