Margaret Lee Hopkin
Born: 2/10/1951, Morganfield, Kentucky
Margaret was born in Morganfield, Kentucky, on February 10, 1951. Her dad was in the military and soon after Margaretís birth the family moved to Texas. When Margaret was 2 years old her dad was offered and accepted a position in Logan, Utah. Margaret lived in Logan from the age of 2 until she graduated from high school.
Margaret earned her bachelorís degree in education from the University of Utah and Utah State University. Upon graduation she moved to Windsor, Connecticut and lived and taught there for five years. She loved her time in Connecticut, but missed the mountains and red rocks of Utah. So, she applied for a middle school science teaching position in Moab and came back west. She taught middle school science for a number of years and at the same time, pursued a masterís degree in education administration from the University of Utah. Next, she became principal at Red Rock Elementary. She also spent time as the principal of Grand County Middle School. For the last five years of her career, she was the Superintendent of Schools of Grand County School District. Margaret was an exceptional educator, and regardless of her position, she influenced thousands of lives.
Margaret retired nine years ago and has spent those nine years living life to its fullest. She has travelled extensively, played taiko with energy and heart, spent time with family and friends, and mentored one of the lights of her life, Athan. She was delighted to be able to see him just last Thursday.
Nearly one year ago Margaret was able to marry the love of her life, Taryn. This marriage cemented a nearly 25 year partnership. Margaret and Taryn feel blessed to have found a soul mate in each other to journey with for so many years. They are convinced that their journey together isnít over, just experienced on separate planes for a while.
Margaretís family includes: Taryn, Brooke, Conner, Meagan, Larry, and Zoey, and the animal menagerie: Singer, Kaia, Moose, Clare, Blue, and Brin (and the chickens). Her family also includes Allison, Sheri, Mary Beth, Leta, Sheila, Jean and Joan. Finally, her family also includes many, many close friends here in Moab and around the world. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Bernice Matheny Hopkin, and her beloved brother Jim.
Margaret really wanted to share the following:
ďThere are so many of you I would like to thank, but I canít name you all and donít want to leave anyone out, so thank you to all who touched my life.Ē
ďThe Moab community is a special place on this planet. We are full of generosity, support, compassion, adventure, fun, creativity (we make our own), tolerance, and caring. We may bicker over issues, but we are united in many, many things. At the end of the day we have each otherís backs. So, carry on in great love of each other and the community. Continue doing and strive always to do better. Embrace your family and friends often. Build neighborhoods where people care about their neighbors. Bask in the beautiful environment you live in. It is one of the most beautiful places. Abide with the fluid energy of life. And finally, in the words of Pema Chodron, ĎIt can become a practice to humanize those we pass on the street.í Do this. Humanize each other. Seek to unite. Live in peace, beauty, love, and above all, joy.Ē
Due to Covid-19, there are no services planned at this time. Once the pandemic has receded weíll announce and hold a community celebration honoring Margaretís life. In the meantime, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Margaretís name to Moab Solutions, an organization dear to Margaretís heart.
Tributes:Dear Taryn, Brooke & Conner: (Our old neighbors when we were all younger) Bill and I thought the world of Margaret and that beautiful smile of hers. Bill worked with Margaret for a lot of years and respected her in every way. Hard to find the words to let you know how hard this has been on him, and how sorry we are for your great loss. We honor her in every way. Margaret would want you to hang in there! Thinking of all of you with love
- Bill & InalynMargaret will always be one of my favorite people. She had that smile that made you not only feel welcome, but made you feel as her friend. To find a more genuine person would be a hard endeavor. And you knew you were appreciated. There were only a few short years working with Margaret. In that time you could see she cared about not only the kids of Grand County, but also the staff who worked with her. As principal of HMK, you could see her dedication and joy coming through her eyes. As a shining light to those around her, the world will be illuminated for generations to come.
- DanMargaret was entwined in our lives almost from the day we moved to Moab - I shall miss knowing she's out there - but am very grateful for having known her. She was a gifted educator in oh so many ways and she saved this school district's ass when it could have easily gone down the tubes. Soar with the eagles Margaret - you made a difference!
- Paul & Betsy Henderson
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