Weatherford Democrat

January 2, 2013

Jane Hopkins Makins

Weatherford Democrat

— 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.

Jane had a love for history, literature and enjoyed reading a good mystery. She was an avid researcher of family genealogy and her family will be forever grateful for the hours she spent poring over courthouse and library records to compile information about their ancestors. She and Jim traveled extensively and on many occasions trips were routed to mix family research with pleasure. Jane maintained her association with the Daughters of the American Revolution for over 74 years and was also a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

She is survived by her four sons, Jim (and Anne) Makins, of Dallas, Michael (and Vicky) Makins, of Lancaster, Pa., Dr.  Patrick (and Suzy) Makins, of San Angelo, and Dr. Scott Makins, of Bryan; grandchildren Daniel (and Claire) Makins, of San Angelo, Jennifer Makins, of Forney, Sarah (and Chris) McAlister, of Corpus Christi, and Elizabeth (and Lewis) McKnight, of Dallas; great-grandchildren, Hallie, Cal, Ty and James; sisters-in-law, Virginia Hopkins, Ruth Makins, Nancy Townes and Zada Makins; brother-in-law, Bill Makins; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Makins was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers, Clarence Hopkins and Judge Harry Hopkins; and daughter-in-law, Mary Makins.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Carrie Carter and caregivers Dorothy Lee and Justina Bober for their devoted service to Jane over the last several years. They also express gratitude to the staffs of Caruth Haven Court and Faith Presbyterian Hospice.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the charity of your choice.

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