Lenna Hop­per

April 18, 1933 – Septem­ber 4, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

Lenna died peace­fully in her sleep at her home in San Fran­cisco, Cal­i­for­nia, sur­rounded by loved ones, at the age of 84. She was born in Den­ver, Colorado. She moved from Lon­don to the Bay Area in 1978 where she lived for the re­main­der of her life.

Lenna had a dy­namic spirit and ra­di­ant smile that made her loved by all ev­ery­where she went and by peo­ple of all ages and cul­tures. She firmly be­lieved in God’s plan and moved to the next jour­ney with the same joy she car­ried through life. Lenna had an abun­dance of en­ergy, charm, and charisma, com­bined with a pierc­ing intellect and end­less cu­rios­ity. She was a fierce ad­vo­cate for free­dom of speech, courtesy, ci­vil­ity, and a champion for so­cial jus­tice. She re­belled against con­form­ity, author­ity, and bore­dom. She was a cos­mopoli­tan, global cit­i­zen, and one of the orig­i­nal food­ies be­fore “foodie” was ever a thing. Lenna had an out­sized per­son­al­ity, and made a pow­er­ful and last­ing im­pres­sion on ev­ery­one she en­coun­tered. She sparkled. She was beau­ti­ful. She was a lot of fun. Lenna’s ex­em­plary life goal was to never stop evolv­ing. She was a Lady. May her grace­ful spirit soar with the In­fi­nite.

She en­joyed hik­ing, cook­ing, driv­ing, bridge, travel, dance, movies, mu­sic, art and lit­er­a­ture, but mostly spend­ing time with fam­ily and friends. Lenna vol­un­teered at Martin De Por­res in San Fran­cisco from 1985 to 1990, pro­vid­ing dig­ni­fied food to the poor and she was a Big Sis­ter from 2004 to 2012, pro­vid­ing guid­ance to trou­bled girls.

She is sur­vived by her hus­band of 35 years, Bob Hop­per, of San Fran­cisco, Cal­i­for­nia. The Lenna and Bob love story is one of the great love sto­ries of our time. Sur­viv­ing fam­ily mem­bers also in­clude: sis­ter, Rel­dia Burch; son, Bryan Jones and his wife, Wen­juan; daugh­ter, Karen Jones; 4 grand­chil­dren, Brad Jones, Erin Fey Car­roll, Kristo­pher and Sophia Menos; and 2 great-grand­chil­dren, Jack­son Fielder and James Car­roll.

Con­tri­bu­tions may be made to: Alzheimer’s Dis­ease Re­search, 22512 Gate­way Cen­ter Drive, Clarks­burg, MD, 20871.

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