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Nelson and Gloria Hamilton

So sorry to just receive this sad news. We really enjoyed Betty and the many years of lots of laughs and good times at Memorial. Betty was a wonderful endearing lady. She will be missed by do many that privileged to have enjoyed that infectious smile of hers. We are praying for the family and all the beautiful and fun filled memories. God Bless. Nelson and Gloria Hamilton

Karen Antworth

Sending deepest sympathy to all of Betty's family & friends! So glad I had many years enjoying our MUMC circle meetings & events with Betty! Sending lots of love & hugs & wishes that your memories will bring you joy & peace of Betty's well lived life!

Kim and Jeff

This is so well written---such a special lady! Betty’s love and graciousness for everyone radiates through all of you—her entire family. Our memories of her at the lake are super special and will last forever…

Guy and Candy

Always enjoyed her smiling friendly face at the lake. Always a kind person to talk with. She will be truly missed

Lou Frost & Donna Miller

Dear Hopper Family, Please accept our sincere sympathy on the passing of Betty.We pray that God's love and your precious memories will comfort you at this most difficult time.God Bless.

Theresa Collier

A beautiful obituary for a loved and special lady. Deepest sympathy to her family and friends. A special hug for Jordan

Glenna Edwards Thompson

I’m so sorry to hear of Aunt Betty’s passing and send my condolences to her loving family. Aunt Betty was one of the finest ladies I have ever known and she will be sorely missed. I have faith that she was welcomed into Heaven joy and singing by her Heavenly Father and family.

Debbie Clemmer

Mrs Hopper was a joy to be around. She always welcomed our family with open arms. She will be truly missed.

Tammy Hendrix Baker

Jill, I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom! I know, too well, the sadness you are experiencing. Rest assured your memories will carry you through the days to come. But more than that, lean on the comfort and peace that can only come from Jesus Christ. Love you sweet friend.

Betty Flanagan Hopper


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Betty Louise Flanagan Hopper, the adored matriarch of our large extended family. Born on May 3, 1935, in Jacksonville, Florida, Betty took her final breaths as she slept on June 27, 2023, in the serenity of community hospice in Fernandina Beach, Florida.
Betty's radiant spirit, infectious laughter, and warm-hearted affection were a binding force in our large clan. Her life was a testament to the love of family and friends, a love she never hesitated to reciprocate. Born to the late Lucille and James Arte Flanagan, Betty remained a proud Jacksonville native for much of her young adult and childhood years. She later resided in Callahan, Florida, before spending the last one-third of her life amidst the tranquil settings of North Fernandina Beach.
Betty was pre-deceased by her beloved husband, Grover Cleveland "Buddy" Hopper, and her cherished grandson, Jeremy Hopper. She leaves behind a loving family who will carry her memory in their hearts always, including her children, Lance Hopper (Heather), Cleve Hopper(Denise), and Jill Hopper Nelson (Curtis); her grandchildren, Calee Yoe, Lauren Hopper, Alan Hopper, Kelli Lamb, Jordan Nelson, and Tyler Nelson; seven great grandchildren and her siblings, Patricia Crider, James A. Flanagan, and William J. Flanagan.
Betty's nurturing heart did not belong solely to her immediate family. As the matriarch, she loved being surrounded by the many members of her extended family, who would gather at her home annually for Christmas and on countless other occasions. It was a joy for her to entertain her loved ones, sharing laughter and stories that will echo in their hearts forever.
Notably, the ladies of her church and close friends, including Catherine Eleazer and Marty Flanagan shared an invaluable bond with Betty. She proudly spent much of her time nurturing these relationships, as well as taking great joy and pride in her many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.
Betty's passing leaves an irreplaceable void in the hearts of many. Yet, we take comfort in the fact that her love has left indelible imprints on our lives. We celebrate her life, not just in death, but for the wonderful years she blessed us with her presence. As we navigate this period of grief, we will remember her for the love she gave, the joy she spread, and the life she so beautifully lived.

Viewing Sunday July 2nd from 3-5 PM at Oxley-Heard Funeral Home 1305 Atlantic Ave. Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Memorial Service will be held Monday July 3rd at 11:00 AM at Memorial United Methodist Church 601 Centre Street Fernandina Beach FL 32034
Graveside service to follow Memorial Service at Jones Cemetery 45111 Jones Cemetery Rd, Callahan, FL 32011
The family asks rather than flowers, donations be made in her memory to Memorial United Methodist Church.
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