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Lisa Hopewell, Santee Humanitarian, Dies at 55

She spent decades volunteering for the Santee Food Bank, Little League, United Methodist Church, schools and anywhere else she could make a difference.

Lisa Hopewell received recognition from the Office of Assembleyman Brian Jones at the Santee Food Bank 30th Anniversary Celebration.
Lisa Hopewell received recognition from the Office of Assembleyman Brian Jones at the Santee Food Bank 30th Anniversary Celebration.
Lisa Hopewell, a woman whose humanitarian efforts truly made a difference in Santee and the world, died of breast cancer in hospice Dec. 14 at age 55.

She volunteered in Santee for over 32 years for thousands of combined hours at the Santee Food Bank, Santee Pioneer National Little League, United Methodist Church, Hill Creek Elementary School and elsewhere. 

In 2009 she was awarded Citizen of the Year by the Santee Chamber of Commerce and in 2012 she won the Wendell Cutting Humanitarian Award from the Chamber. June 28, 2013, was proclaimed by the city council to be "Lisa Hopewell Day" in Santee, to honor her dedication to the people of Santee that were in need.

She spent more than ten years as admistrator or administrative assistant of the Santee Food Bank, and acted as project manager for the relocation of the food bank to a new site, Newbreak Church, in 2008. She is credited with saving the food bank from closure. Lisa was awarded the Santee Food Bank Lifetime of Service Award in 2013.

Santee's economic development coordinator, Pamela White, told U-T San Diego that Lisa was proof that "you don’t have to be wealthy to have an impact."

Born in Flagstaff, AZ, Lisa lived on a Navajo reservation for the first years of her life. Her family moved to Lakeside, she graduated from El Capitan High School in 1976, and married Mark Hopewell a year later. 

They moved to Santee in 1979 and she soon began volunteering with the Santee Food Bank after noticing families in need while working as a teacher's aid.

A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Jan. 11 at Foothills United Methodist Church in La Mesa. Donations in her memory can be made to the Santee Food Bank — Lisa Hopewell Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 712054, Santee, 92072-2054; or the Santee United Methodist Church — Lisa Hopewell Memorial Fund, 8964 N. Magnolia Ave., Santee, 92071.
Doug Curlee January 02, 2014 at 07:31 PM
you lose people you really can't afford to lose from your community.. and lisa is a major loss..god rest her..doug
Stephanie Price January 04, 2014 at 01:45 AM
Lisa was truly a wonderful person.
Mary Evelyn Harris January 04, 2014 at 09:51 PM
Lisa was such a beautiful person, inside and outside. She fought cancer like a tiger - the same way she fought for others all of her life. She will be so very missed by so many.

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