- June 9, 1958 - May 3, 2016
- Bloomington, Indiana
of Marcia's Passing
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Marcia Lynn (Hopkins) Pickett, age 57 of Bloomington, IN, passed away peacefully on May 3, 2016, surrounded by family and friends.
Born on June 9, 1958, in Little Rock, Arkansas, she was the daughter of James Hopkins and Lenore (McJimpson) Hopkins.
When Marcia and her twin sister LaDonna were one year old, the family returned to Bloomington to be near relatives, especially Marcia's grandmother Matilda Hopkins, known by all as Aunt Tillie. Family always played a strong role in Marcia's life. In fact, in her grandmother's last years, Marcia cared for her every day, taking by food and spending time with her.
Though Marcia's siblings have moved to other parts of the country, the family has stayed close thanks, in part, to frequent gatherings. Marcia cherished holidays because they gave her the opportunity to open her home to family and friends, making all feel welcome with no shortage of love and food . . . plenty of food! Marcia graduated in 1976 from Bloomington North High School and was in the first class to attend BNHS all four years. She met her husband, Andre, in high school. They married in 1980 and had one son, Courtney.
The year she graduated, Marcia started her career at IU in Printing Services where she worked as an accounts clerk, receptionist and senior clerk. She went on to work as secretary in the Department of Political Science from 1979 to 1983, and the African Studies Program in 1983 before taking a brief period away from the university when her son was born. From 1986 to 1990, she worked in the School of Continuing Studies, and from 2000 to 2007 she worked for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Since 2007, she has been executive secretary in the Office of the President where she has typically been the first and last person visitors see.
In 2015, President Michael A. McRobbie honored Marcia by bestowing upon her the Bartley Award, the highest staff award given by the IU President. With this award, President McRobbie recognized Marcia's decades of commitment to Indiana University and her remarkable service to the President's Office and all who visit. Just as Marcia opened her home to friends and family, she transformed the President's Office through her presence, making sure that everyone felt taken care of and welcomed.
In 2008, Marcia's grandson Dashe Pickett was born, and she delighted in being a grandmother. She could see his promise from the beginning and once said that when she looked into his eyes, she could see the dreams of her grandmother, her dad, her mother, and her son, and she realized that he was their hope for the future. Marcia's family extended to her church, Second Baptist, where she professed her abiding belief in the power of Christian fellowship. Her faith in Christ enabled her to remain positive, hopeful, and optimistic in the face of family crises, health emergencies, and other difficulties, especially in the past few years. Whatever the situation-at work, at home, at church-Marcia embraced her role as caretaker. She cooked for, she watched over, she celebrated, she encouraged, she asked about. When are you getting married? When are you having that first baby? Are you going to name her after me?
In Marcia's last months, for as long as she could, she continued to take care of others, even hosting dinners for friends and family. As her family and friends remember her, celebrate her life, and say goodbye, they are grateful to all for the support, love, and care that was shown to Marcia in those last months, and they know that she is in hands that will care for her now and give her peace.
She is survived by her mother, Lenore Hopkins of Piperton, TN; her father, James Hopkins (Louise) of Bloomington, IN; her husband Andre Pickett of Bloomington, IN; one son Courtney Pickett of Bloomington, IN; two sisters, LaDonna (Calvin) Fletcher, Beltsville, MD; Vatonia (Keith) Gray, Cordova, TN; one brother, Rodney (Pamanita) Hopkins, Santa Ana, CA; one grandson, Dashe Pickett of Bloomington, IN, and Dashe's mother Amy; sister-in-law Brenda Pickett of Indianapolis; stepsister Tracy White (Chris) of Las Vegas, NV; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and devoted friends.
Funeral services will be held at Lighthouse Community Church on Saturday May 14, 2016 at 11:00am. Friends may visit the family at Day and Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home on Friday May 13, 2016 from 2:00pm-4:00pm and 6:00pm-8:00pm
A tribute video may be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpM-m8geikg