- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Becky Ozkul, a Brookeville homemaker, died of cancer April 3 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. She was 54.

Mrs. Ozkul, who had been ill for several years, was active in church prayer groups and Bible studies.

She enjoyed teaching, equestrian sports, flower gardening and opening her home of 26 years to friends and family.

“Mom’s life became characterized by hospitality and caring and praying for others after she put her faith in Jesus in 1991,” daughter Erin Seray Ozkul said. “She was a strong prayer warrior for God’s Kingdom. She would quote Christian author Jerry Bridges, who wrote, ‘Our first priority in times of adversity is to honor and glorify God by trusting Him.’”

Mrs. Ozkul was born Mary Elizabeth Hopkins in Hampton, Va.

She grew up in Hampton and Newport News, Va., where she attended Christopher Newport University.

In 1977, she married Ahmet Ozkul, a communications engineer whom she met when he was a student from Turkey.

Mrs. Ozkul, a member of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, previously was active in the interdenominational Bible Study Fellowship, in which she also taught classes for children.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, include two daughters, Erin Ozkul and Mine Suzaan Ozkul, and a son, Devin Kahn Ozkul, all of Brookeville; her mother, Catherine Hopkins of Henrico, N.C.; a sister, Catherine Hopkins Spradlin, of Quinton, Va.; and two brothers, Phillip Kendrick Hopkins of Seaford, Va., and John Wesley Hopkins of Yorktown, Va.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Covenant Life, 7501 Muncaster Mill Road, Gaithersburg. Burial will be private.

The family asks that donations be made to the church’s adoption ministry.

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