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Mary Josephine Hopper, 76, Salem Community

Mary Josephine Hopper, of the Salem Community, passed from this life to her eternal home on Sunday, February 26, 2023.  She was 76 years of age.

Mary Jo was born December 31, 1946, in Eli, daughter of the late Irvin and Ilith Coffey Whittle.  She married Lowell Hopper on October 19, 1963.  There are two children born to their union.

Mary Jo was a member of Clear Springs Baptist Church, where she led Wednesday night children’s services.  She loved her church family and cherished the “after Sunday Night service business meetings” held every Sunday night.  Mary Jo loved to garden and enjoyed cooking and sewing.  She put her many talents to use when she and Lowell would work together, building churches with the Carpenters for Christ.  Mary Jo was a Christian lady who loved every one she met.

She is survived by her husband of sixty years, Lowell; their son, Mark Hopper, of Salem; their daughter, Becky Hopper, of Salem; her brothers, Larry (and Lillian) Whittle, of Russell Springs, Estes (and Donna) Whittle, of Stanford, and Frankie (and Rose) Whittle, of Covington; her sisters, Nellie (and David) Gaskin, of Russell Springs, and Donna Sue Goodin, of Knifley; and her sister-in-law, Neat Whittle, of Gallatin, Tennessee.

Along with her parents, Mary Jo is preceded in death by her brother, Bobby Whittle.

Funeral services are 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at Bernard Funeral Home, with Bro. Joe Gosser and Bro. Lloyd Hopper officiating.  Interment will follow in Salem Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Rick Whittle, Brent Hopper, David Whittle, James Johnson, Larry Bennett and Daris Bennett.

Visitation will be held after 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, until time for services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gideons International for Bible placement.

Arrangements for Mary Josephine Hopper are entrusted to Bernard Funeral Home.  An online guestbook is available at

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