It comes with a heavy, shattered, and broken heart that we inform you the world has lost an extraordinary, amazing, kind, loving, beautiful soul inside and out. Anita Rose Beckman Hopson, 89, of Clayton, died at 6:20 a.m. Saturday, August 6, 2022, at Golden Good Shepherd Home.
Born September 20, 1932, in Griggsville, IL. Anita was the daughter of Clyde and Dorothy Kirkpatrick Anderson and was raised by her grandpa Charles Kirkpatrick and grandma Lodi Kirkpatrick. She attended Clayton Grade School and High School, graduating with the class of 1950. Her best friend since grade school was Nedda Jane Jefferson Simon (Don) who currently resides in Princeton, IL.
Anita married the love of her life, Bobby Afton Beckman on June 5, 1951, in Mattoon, IL. He preceded her in death on October 31, 1988. They had five children: daughter, Barb (Rich) Cate of Camp Point, IL., daughter Cindy Beckman of Quincy, IL., daughter, Becky (David) Hill (both deceased) of Mt. Sterling, IL., son Chuck (Mary) Beckman of Camp Point, and son Denny (Jody) Beckman of Peoria, AZ.; her grandchildren, Heather (Todd) Giles, of Camp Point, Rick (Misty) Cate of Quincy, Sarah (Brian) Gallaher, Amanda Hill, and Natalie (Cole) Foote, all of Mt. Sterling, Jessica Showman of Wheaton, IL., Sara (Brandon) Bartz of Durham, MO., Matt Logsdon of Timewell, IL., and Haley Beckman, Hannah Beckman, Afton Beckman, and Brooke Beckman, all of Peoria, AZ.; her great grandchildren, Levi and Gracie Giles of Camp Point, Jovi and Rory Cate of Keokuk, IA., Layla McBee of Quincy, Karly and Kinley Gallaher of Mt. Sterling, Connor and Cason Bartz of Durham, Kruz Logsdon of Timewell, and Olivia, Emma, David, and Max Showman of Wheaton.
She later married Raymond Hopson on December 10, 1992, in Las Vegas, NV. He preceded her in death on July 12, 2016. His children are Mike (Tara) Hopson of Corona, CA., and Tina (Rick) Ross of Vulcan, MI., with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Hopson was baptized in the Presbyterian Church on July 14, 1946. She was a member of the Clayton Federated Church holding several offices through the years. She played the piano for the church up until the last few years. She joined the American Legion Auxiliary in 1956 and the Eastern Star Lodge in 1958. She was an EMT for Adams County from 1979 until 1986. Anita was a clerk and later Postmaster at the Clayton Post Office. When that office closed, she worked at the Quincy Post Office, retiring in 1992.
Anita was a cheerleader in high school and a music lover at heart. She began playing the coronet at age 14 and stated, "I was a nervous 14-year-old when I first played taps for the American Legion Post 286. I became their bugler for many years, honoring those that served their country". She was a member of the Quincy Community Band and the Mt. Sterling Community Band for a few years.
Anita loved to dance and enjoyed watching local bands including those that Cindy, Denny, Rich, Rick, and Misty were a member of. Music was an important part of her life. During family gatherings or holidays, her family would have jam sessions or sing karaoke.
Anita traveled to England twice, Alaska, Hawaii, Las Vegas, and California, and enjoyed several trips to Branson, MO.
In addition to her children, Anita is also survived by her sister, Lana (Gary) Ely of Monroe, City, MO., her brother, Ron (Peg) Meyer of Greenland, NH., her stepson, Mike (Tara) Hopson of Corona, CA., stepdaughter, Tina (Rick) Ross of Vulcan, MI., and numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. Her brother-in-law, John (Barb) Hopson of Camp Point, her sister-in-law, Bonnie Shake of Camp Point, cousins, Dick (Wendy) McCormick of Morena Valley, CA., Larry McCormick of Henderson, AR., and Pat Vaughn of Quincy, niece Megan (Dom) Peters of Quincy, and their children, Dylan, Alex, Maryn, and Owen, and her "special daughter", Terry Meyer (Sherman) of Camp Point.
Anita was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; her daughter, Becky Hill, her son-in-law, David Hill; two aunts, Yvette McCormick and Mildred Starr, her uncle, Donald Kirkpatrick; and her sister-in-law, Lois McMahon.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 11, 2022, at the Clayton Federated Church by Rev. Sheri Renner. Burial will follow at South Side Cemetery, Clayton.
Visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 4:00 until 7:00 at the Clayton Federated Church.
Memorials may be made to the Golden Good Shepherd Home or the Clayton Federated Church.
Online condolences may be left at www.hamiltonfuneralhomes.net.
The Hamilton Funeral Home in Clayton is handling the arrangements.