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Patricia L. Hopkins died on April 20, 2017 in Denison, Texas. She was born on May 10, 1945 in Palestine, Texas. Her parents were Lieutenant Colonel James I. Hopkins Jr. and Catherine Crittenden Hopkins. She was a brilliant student and scholar, graduating from the University of Texas at Austin as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and with a degree in history Summa Cum Laude. She went on to earn an MA with an exceptional thesis on the English regicides (those members of parliament who voted for the death of King Charles I in 1649). Pat intended to pursue a doctorate in British history at Cambridge University in England but was forced to return home by a recurrence of bipolar disorder, a devastating illness that was only properly diagnosed and treated much later in her life. If she was not to write the historical works that her gifts promised, she found in poetry a powerful and luminous means of self-expression, as those who received her poems will always remember. After her return to Austin she and her then husband, John Henson, continued to be influential figures in the Texas Democratic Party. Afterwards, Pat's interests turned to various forms of educational outreach promoting the humanities until a severe automobile accident forced her retirement. Her religious faith helped sustain her through the death of her daughter, other grievous losses, and the long years of illness. She is survived by her brother, James, her sister-in-law, Patricia LaSalle Hopkins, her niece, Catherine Hopkins, her grandniece, Fiona Robberson, her grandnephew, Eric Alberger, and her life partner Donna Campbell, who with love, sensitivity, and understanding gave unstintingly of herself during many difficult years of Pat's illness. In addition to her daughter, Raven Henson, Pat was predeceased by both her parents; her beloved grandmother, Mrs. Catherine Crittenden, and her uncles, Otis and Howell Crittenden. Her brother wishes to give his heartfelt thanks to the staff of The Terrace at Denison who cared for Pat with great skill and compassion. Condolences may be registered online at www.fisherfh.com.
Published on April 25, 2017
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