Weatherford Democrat


January 2, 2013

Jane Hopkins Makins

DALLAS – Jane Hopkins Makins, 90, died Dec. 27, 2012, in her Dallas home.

Service is 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home. Visitation is 9 a.m. Thursday. Interment will follow at approximately 2:30 p.m. in City Greenwood Cemetery in Weatherford.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother and lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, she was born April 4, 1922, in Weatherford to Irene Watt Hopkins and Clarence Menefee Hopkins. She was raised with her two brothers amidst many extended family members who also resided in Weatherford. From a young age she took piano and voice lessons and enjoyed playing at home for decades. She graduated from Weatherford High School in 1938 and from the University of Texas in 1942. She was a member of Alpha Phi sorority. While attending UT she met fellow student James Edward Makins, of Port Arthur, and they were married March 4, 1943. 

Jane devoted her life to making a comfortable and serene home for her family, first in Houston where her husband attended the University of Texas Dental Branch, then in San Diego and La Jolla, Calif., during Jim’s service in the Naval Reserve-Dental Corps. They lived in Buffalo, N.Y., for Jim’s graduate work in orthodontics and finally settled in Lubbock, where the growing family spent 27 years.

Jane remembered life with her husband and four sons as a full-time job, full of fun and laughter.  A friend once asked her if she was the Queen Bee. She replied, “Indeed not, I’m one of the boys!” In 1977 Jane and Jim moved to Dallas, where Jim served as Director of Continuing Education at Baylor College of Dentistry. They were members of Highland Park United Methodist Church and greatly enjoyed the fellowship of the Mr. and Mrs. Sunday School class and living near their grandchildren. During this time Jane volunteered as a reading tutor for at-risk students in a Dallas elementary school.

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