Mary P. Hoppins

April 22, 2013

mary pic 1Mary P Hoppins passed away April 22nd in Dunedin, Fl surrounded by her family. She is pre deceased by her parents Mary and Daniel Gleason, her sister Kitty and her brother Jack.  She leaves behind her children, Patricia Darby and Daniel Hoppins and sisters Josephine Fitzpatrick and Eileen Mantonak. She is survived by her nieces Shawn Vacca, Kathy Pugliese, Regina Mantonak, Christine Norris, Patricia Webb, Kathy Prunty, and Eileen Sellaro and nephews Joseph Fitzpatrick, Steve Mantonak, Daniel Mantonak, Kevin Gleason, and Chippy Miller.  She is also survived by her grandchildren Brian Doherty, Kevin Doherty, Sean Doherty, and Kerry Miller as well as great grandchildren Aedan, Katelyn, Brendan, and Julia. 


Mary was born in West Patterson, NJ and attended St. Bonaventure’s Catholic School. She retired from the Patterson Postal Service and later moved to Florida where “Grandma Mary” worked at Walt Disney World for ten years.  She was Irish. She was proud. She was fiercely independent. And she was a Grandma. Nanny helped raise her grandchildren and could fix anything, big or small, make any Halloween costume you could dream up, drive you where you needed to go, outsmart you about her knowledge of baseball and basketball,  and always had a room if you needed it.


Everyone who ever met Mary rarely left without a memorable impression, a funny story, or a new friend.  Her impact upon all of these people, friends and family, has immeasurably magnified her absense in this world.


But Nanny would never want us to mourn our loss, as we have all gained an amazing guardian angel.  It is our hope with this page, those of us who knew and love her, can celebrate Mary’s life, with a tribute or a story, or simply a few words to honor her and the life she led.


“Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling

From glen to glen, and down the mountain side

The summer’s gone, and all the roses falling

‘Tis you, ‘tis you must go and I must bide.


But come ye back when summer’s in the meadow

Or when the valley’s hushed and white with snow

‘Tis I’ll be here in sunshine or in shadow

Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love

 you so.”


Muirneoidh mé choíche thú.

I will cherish you forever. 

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  • Jamie Posted April 29, 2013 10:18 pm

    Working with grandma Mary was an honor. She will forever be grandma at 50’sPrime Time cafe. Truly an amazing woman. Xoxoxoxo

  • Bethany Posted April 29, 2013 10:51 pm

    I only knew her for a summer working at Disney, but she made such an impact on my life. She was so positive and supporrive. I was blessed to know her. Gma Mary will be missed!

  • Elizabeth aka Loopy Posted April 29, 2013 11:44 pm

    XOXO to everyone who knew Grandma Mary. People still ask about her at PrimeTime. I miss her sense of humor and her jokes. A classy lady.

  • Sarah Posted April 30, 2013 3:20 am

    She was a formidable woman who I learned a lot from. A sharp wit and a warm heart. God bless Grandma.

  • Aunt Elaine Elaine Grime Posted April 30, 2013 8:03 am

    she was very special to all of us at PRIME TIME we also loved her stories how she love life and what a life she had from one JERSEY GIRL who will always remember GRANDMA MARY

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