Evelyn Hopkins Obituary


Evelyn “Evie” “Byed Wedmokwe” Kelty Hopkins, 79, of Mayetta, passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at her home in Mayetta with family by her side.

She was born May 5, 1941, in Tomahawk, WI, the daughter of Garnett Potts and Lillian Kelty. She attended high school in Tomahawk, WI, and later obtained her degree in Canada as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Evie had worked at Rainbow Casino in Nekoosa, WI for 11 years, was a Drug and Alcohol Counselor at PARR House for 7 years, and most recently for Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribal Gaming Commission as a Gaming Inspector beginning February 2011 until present.

She married William Hopkins and he preceded her in death in 1991.

She is survived by her children, Carla Youngbear of Tama, IA, Bill Hopkins, Sr., Darrick Hopkins, Ronnie Hopkins and Tony Hopkins (Lana) all of Moraviantown Ontario, Canada, Paula Hopkins, Scott Hopkins (Kelly) and Cheryl Hopkins all of Mayetta, and Sheila Eichinger (Tom) of Olathe, KS; her sisters, Yvonne Kelty of Black River Falls, WI, Alice Potts, Rose Potts, and Micki Martinez all of Mayetta; her brothers, Ronald Kelty of Lac Du Flambeau, WI, Myron “Jim” Potts and Benny J. Potts both of Mayetta; and her 31 grandchildren and 49 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her sister, Rosemond Tecumseh, her brothers, Ralph “Porky” Tecumseh and Byron J. “BJ” Darnall and her grandson, Nigel Hopkins.

Evie will lie in state at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton, beginning Thursday, October 15, 2020, until 6:30 p.m., through Saturday, October 17, 2020, until noon. Private services will be held at a later date. To leave a special message for the family, visit

  • Courtesy of Mercer Funeral Homes