Obit: Phyllis Hopkins


Phyllis Ann Hopkins, 70, of Moscow, Iowa died on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City.

A Celebration of Life will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12 at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Muscatine Humane Society, Wilton Fire Department, or the Muscatine Domestic Violence Shelter. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12 at the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at:

Phyllis was born on Sept. 10, 1950, in Muscatine, the daughter of D.J. and Lois Birkhofer Coram. Valia Dentino has been her committed partner for more than 20 years. She was previously married to DeWayne Hopkins of Muscatine.

Among her pursuits, she was a social worker, women’s advocate, farmer and gardener. She lived on the same Birkhofer farmstead that her mother and siblings were born in. She graduated from Wilton High School, attended Muscatine Community College, received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and her Master’s in Special Education from the University of Missouri.

Phyllis was the matriarch of the family. She loved her farm, her dogs Sunny and Evee, and stayed connected with friends and loved ones online. She enjoyed art and sketching, and loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Phyllis is survived by son Jamie Hopkins and wife, Mary, of Muscatine; three grandchildren, Fletcher, Cooper and Addison Hopkins; one great-granddaughter, Claire Hopkins; one brother, Bill Coram of Muscatine; her partner, Valia Dentino of Moscow; and nieces and nephews, Heidi Coram, Nick Coram, Deb Rasmussen, Sherri Swenson, and Laurie Foss.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Wayne Coram; and her granddaughter, Abigail Hopkins.

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