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Laura Hopkins Handy passed away July 14, 2016.

She was born in Gloucester August 17, 1922 to Gerard and Lucy Hopkins. She was a lifelong resident of Gloucester. She graduated from Botetourt High School and Massey Business College in Richmond, Virginia. 

She came back to Gloucester to live and work and eventually raise her family. Many will remember her as the “Tax Lady.” She worked from her home for more than 50 years doing income taxes and accounting services for small businesses. She cared very deeply for her many loyal customers over the years. She had a special love for animals. She never turned one away that was in need of a loving home. She gave many volunteer hours to the Animal Shelter which eventually became the Humane Society. She was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and had a love for her church family. She will be forever remembered for her kindness and unending giving. 

Most important was the love for her family. She was a loving daughter, a devoted wife, and a cherished mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert, of 58 years; her parents, and her brother, Gerard Jr.

She is survived by her son, Charles Handy (Lisa) of Four Oaks, N.C.; daughter, Julia Handy of Gloucester; grandchildren, Erik Handy, Melody Hall (Jeff) and Tori Bridges, and great-grandson, Colin Handy.

Memorial donations may be made to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 9030 John Clayton Memorial Highway, Gloucester, Virginia 23061 or Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, P.O. Box 417, Gloucester, Virginia 23061.

Visitation was on Saturday, July 16, from 1-2 p.m. at Andrews Funeral Home, Gloucester, with funeral services starting at 2 o’clock. Burial was at St. Paul’s Annex Cemetery.

The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the staff of Riverside Convalescent Center-Mathews for the years of loving care they gave.