Mt. Vernon Register-News

January 12, 2013

Edna Hopper


MT. VERNON — — Edna M. Hopper, 84, of Warrensburg, formerly of Mt. Vernon, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at her home in Warrensburg.

She was born Friday, March 9, 1928, in Mt. Vernon, daughter of Joseph and Lora E. (Pierce) Hopper.

In her early years, she lived and went to school in Bonnie and St. Louis, where she began her first job as a secretary. Radio Corporation of America then hired Edna and she moved to New York City where she consulted for them in their recording industry by helping affiliated record stores develop the RCA brand of business. She was later hired by Curtis Buscher to expand the record sales department at his Emerson Piano House in Decatur. In 1958, she opened her own store, The Spin Shop. For 33 years many area residents relied upon her vast knowledge to provide music recordings satisfying a wide range of customer tastes. In the 1970s, Edna (Hop) joined Central Christian Church in Decatur, where her faith flourished and where she, along with her many talents, helped lead the evangelism efforts for nearly two decades.

She is survived by aunt, Janice Pierce of Bonnie and special friends, Roe Skidmore, Gene and Helen Henderson and Bruce and Liz Campbell.

Graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Jefferson County. Interment will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Jefferson County.

No visitation will be held.

For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Central Christian Church of Decatur and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit for further information and to send condolences.