Mary Anne Hopkins

March 23, 1949 - December 15, 2015
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After fighting a courageous battle with breast cancer, Mary Anne Marabella Hopkins peacefully took her last breath in the early morning of Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at home surrounded by her family. Mary Anne was a second generation BOI and a lifelong Galvestonian who enjoyed her island life sitting in her backyard watching the sunset over the lake and soaking up the serenity of the island’s fall and winter months.

Mary Anne was born at St. Mary’s Infirmary on March 23, 1949, to Nuncio and Dorothy Marabella of Galveston, Texas. She was the oldest child of a family of six: Madalyn, Billy, Anna, Albie, and Dottie. Being the oldest of six children, Mary Anne began developing her nurturing spirit at a young age. Her sister, Anna, even called her “Little Mommy.” Mary Anne grew up on the East End, attended Sacred Heart Catholic School, and graduated from Dominican High School in 1967.

Mary Anne married her beloved husband, Bill Hopkins, on August 23, 1970, at Sacred Heart Church. They began building their life together when they were in their early twenties and were happily married for 45 years.

Mary Anne attended college at the University of Texas at Austin for a year before returning home to Galveston. At a beach party, Mary Anne met her future husband, Bill, as they danced their first dance. She decided to stay in Galveston and began working at Sunseri Insurance Company. She also worked at Rogers & Sunseri and Abe Kellner Insurance Agencies before having children. At the insurance companies, Mary Anne developed her meticulous organizational skills and strengthened her keen eye for details while providing claims analysis for the various agencies.

Mary Anne devoted her life to her family and community through her work and home. She had many talents that she used to improve the lives of others. Mary Anne spent countless hours talking and sharing insights with dear friends and family on the telephone.

Once her daughter, Amy, was born, Mary Anne became a full time mother. She did everything for her children and husband to give them the best lives possible. As a mother, she was nurturing, loving, and kind. Her afternoons were spent picking kids up from baseball and softball practice and rushing them to soccer practice. Most of her weekends and summers were devoted to tournaments. She also volunteered building Lassie League fields and serving on the West Isle Little League Board of Directors. Through baseball and softball, as well as Mother’s Day Out at Moody Methodist, Mary Anne created many lifelong friendships.

As her children grew older, she began working in the office of Weis Middle School, a job she loved because she was able to interact with children every day and keep an eye on her son, Ryan, who attended Weis at the same time.

When she left the office job at Weis, Mary Anne began her 15 year service as an administrative assistant for the Community Youth Development program at Galveston, TX. Her job responsibilities included data entry for thousands of children in the various programs as well as facilitating subcontract fiscal and financial monitoring for the Boys & Girls Clubs, Boys Rites of Passage, Family Service Center’s Leadership Program, the Juvenile Path to Success Program, and Nia Cultural Center. If Mary Anne ever saw a need in a program, she would support the program any way she was able. Her organization and monitoring allowed these programs to continue successfully and positively impact many children of Galveston.

When her daughter, Amy, began teaching at Galveston ISD, Mary Anne always helped contribute to parties or gifts for the students. She wanted to make sure all her daughter’s students knew that they were loved.

Throughout her work in her community and as a loving wife and mother, Mary Anne made a difference. She positively impacted anyone she met with her warm, contagious smile and willingness to serve others. Her passion, kindness, and selflessness will live on through the lives of those close to her.

Mary Anne Marabella Hopkins is survived by her husband, William Jesse Hopkins, of Galveston, TX; children: Amy Hopkins of Galveston, TX, and Ryan Hopkins of Houston, TX; siblings: Madalyn Marabella and husband, Victor Lombeida, of Austin, Texas; William Marabella of Galveston, TX; Anna Marabella of San Antonio, TX; Albie Marabella and wife, Beth, of Austin, TX; and Dottie Gonzalez and husband, Carlos, of La Marque, Texas; and grand puppies, PJ and Lucky, of Galveston, TX. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary Anne is preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Masculine Marabella, father, Nuncio Marabella, and godmother, Madalyn Broussard, “Big Sissie.”

Pallbearers include: Patrick Burke, Andy Gonzalez, Patrick Lombeida, Tony Lombeida, Albie Marabella, and Robert Mihovil.

Mary Anne’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00pm on Friday, December 18, 2015, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home in Galveston, TX. A rosary will begin at 6:30pm, led by Deacon Henry Herrera.

Funeral mass will be held at 12:00pm on Saturday, December 19, 2015, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (14th & Broadway in Galveston, TX) with Father Orrin Halepeska as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, December 18, 2015

Time: 5:00 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Service Information

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2015

Time: 12:00 pm

Sacred Heart Catholic Church


1302 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Date: Saturday, December 19, 2015

Time: 1:15 pm

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


2506 65th Street, Galveston, TX, 77551

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Date: Friday, December 18, 2015

Time: 6:30 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Born: March 23, 1949
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Susan Gould Salisbury posted on 11/30/-1

One of the kindest young women I ever knew throughout our high school years...surely in heaven and leaving us all a legacy of how to love each other.


Jackie Crowley posted on 11/30/-1

So sorry to hear about Mary Ann. Some of my happiest times were at Sacred Heart and Mary Ann was one of those students who made it so. My prayers and thoughts to all the family.


Rosie Mendoza posted on 11/30/-1

I am so sorry for your loss. I went to high school with Mary Anne. She was smart and had the best smile. She will always be in my fond memories of high school friends and time at Dominican.


Linda Salinas posted on 11/30/-1

With Deepest Sympathy to hear of Mary Ann passing. I have fond memories at Dominican with Mary Ann. She was so much fun. My prayers to Mary Ann and to the family.


Ernesto De Los Santos posted on 11/30/-1

Our sincerest condolences to the Hopkins family. Mary Anne, you will be missed. Wow what a mom you were! I remember the stories you shared about your father Nuncio. Thanks for the pleasant memories.


Susan Hieronymus Rains posted on 11/30/-1

My heart and prayers to Mary Anne's family. She was a wonderful girl. I remember her fondly at Dominican.


Deni Mize posted on 11/30/-1

Amy, Ryan, and Mr. Hopkins, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. "When someone you love dies.. you never quite get over it. You just slowly learn how to go on without them But always keeping them tucked safely in your heart." Love, Mike and Deni Mize


Kim Saunders Bessire posted on 11/30/-1

Bill - So sorry for you and your families loss. Mary Anne will be missed.