O'Brien, Elizabeth Hopkins

Monday, October 9, 2017
Elizabeth O'Brien
Elizabeth O'Brien

Elizabeth Hopkins O’Brien, 92, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, passed away on Saturday, October 7, 2017 in a local hospital. 

She was born Sept. 13, 1925, to the late Newton Fisher and Emma Kate Hopkins.

She graduated from Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio with her Bachelor of Arts Degree.  She received her Masters of Library Science Degree from Carnegie Institute in Pittsburg.

She was a member of the Bridge Club and various book clubs.  She was a former employee with the Army, New York City and the city of Boston.  She also worked for 20 years as the librarian at Merrimack College.

She was a philanthropist who regularly contributed to animal rights programs including, but not limited to, ASPCA, as well as many nature organizations. 

Her sister, Marjorie Hopkins, and brothers, Richard H. Hopkins and Theodore L. Hopkins preceded her in death.

Survivors include her nieces, Dr. Hilary Hopkins of Wenatchee, Washington and Emma Hopkins of Concord, California; friends, Judge Richard W. Gordon and Richard Hundley both of Chattanooga; and several family members of her late husband Judge Bernard John O’Brien. 

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the East Brainerd Chapel from 4-7 p.m.

Funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, at St. Stephen Catholic Church with Father Manuel Perez officiating. 

She will be laid to rest with her husband, Judge Bernard John O’Brien at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to McKamey Animal Center, 4500 N. Access Road, Chattanooga, Tn. 37415.

Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, Tn. 37421.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEastBrainerdChapel.com.

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