Karen Melby Hopkins

Karen Melby Hopkins passed peacefully in her home in Sunnyvale, CA on Jan. 7, 2010, following an extended illness. Born Oct. 18, 1947, and raised in Faulkton by her late parents, Lucille B. and Lyman A. Melby, Karen graduated from the University of South Dakota, where she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority, in 1969.

Attending the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Karen met her husband of 39 years, George W. Hopkins II of Sunnyvale, CA, who survives her. Their daughter, Dawn Hopkins of Sunnyvale, CA, survives her. Her many honors include membership in Phi Beta Kappa and the award by the Arizona Society of CPAs for the highest score on the 1975 CPA exam.

Karen earned her master of accounting degree from the University of Arizona in 1975. Karen retired in 2002 from Hewlett Packard Company, where she managed North American Credit and Price Protection for their computer business, after a 21-year career. She had previously worked for Peat Marwick Mitchell and Copartners and for Intel Corporation.

Karen enjoyed music and pets with her husband and movies and bridge with her close friends. She loved shopping and reading at home. Karen supported organizations for human welfare, women's welfare and rights, and research in and support for patients with multiple myeloma.

Friends are invited to remember Karen at her church, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sunnyvale, 1112 S. Bernardo Avenue (at Remington), at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20. www.uufs.org.

Donations to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation or your favorite charity are preferred. www.multiplemyeloma.org.

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