Obituary published March 11, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger
Abigail Elizabeth "Tot" Hotop, 84 of Mexico, passed away at 10:25 p.m., Friday, March 8, 2013 at the King's Daughters Home.
Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday at Arnold Funeral Home, with Fr. Mark Porterfield officiating. Visitation is from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday at the funeral home with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Friends will also be received from 12:30 p.m. Tuesday until time of the service. Inurnment will be in St. Brendan Cemetery.
Abigail was born Jan. 29, 1929 in Lithium, the daughter of Harold and Sophia (Lorenze) Graff. She married E. J. "Bud" Hotop on May 8, 1953, in Apple Creek, Mo. He passed away on Dec. 22, 1998.
Mrs. Hotop had taught in a one-room schoolhouse for one year in Lithium before she met Bud. Besides being a housewife and mother, she had worked at Melody's Quality Jewelry.
Tot was a member of St. Brendan Catholic Church. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. She was also known for her kind heart and comforting nature.
Survivors include her children: Nancy Garrett and husband, Bruce, of Mexico, Tim Hotop and wife, Linda, of Herculaneum, Chris Hotop and wife, Sue, of Mexico and Jane Wortmann and husband, Mark, of Mexico; 12 grandchildren, Abigail Franco and husband, Ian, of St. Peters, Spencer Garrett and wife, Joni, of Chesterfield, Julia Garrett of Miami, Fla., Kristine Hotop and Dustin Fuemmeler of Marshall, Sarah Allen and husband, Dusty, of Arlington, Texas, Rebecca Hotop of Mexico, Sara Hotop of Columbia, Charlene Miller of New York, Timothy J. Hotop II and Stacy Heath, of Herculaneum, Katherine Wortmann, Andrew Wortmann, Julianne Wortmann and Grace Wortmann all of Mexico; two great-granddaughters, Caroline and Gwen Franco; one brother, Dennis Graff of Farmington; and one sister, Lea Brown of St. Louis.
In addition to her husband, Abigail was preceded in death by a son, Jeff; three brothers, Harold, Theodore and Bill Graff; two sisters, Anna Margaret Fairchild and Ponnie Brinkman.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to a charity of donor's choice. They may be sent in care of Arnold Funeral Home, 425 S. Jefferson, Mexico, MO 65265.