Annie Yopp Hill was born in North Haven on June 6, 1940, to the late Edward Yopp Sr. and Thelma Brown Yopp. Annie graduated from North Haven High School and attended New Hampshire College.
Annie was an employee of the state of Connecticut for over 35 years. She began her career with the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee and later worked with the state Public Defender’s office as a pretrial investigator.
Annie’s work brought her into contact with people who did not have access to capital or political wealth, but she used her unique intellect and skills to ensure that every individual received legal representation when brought before the court.
Annie loved children, people, music, exercise and, most of all, to talk. During her life she traveled to the Bahamas and numerous cities across America.
Annie made friends quickly and was always willing to help when asked. She was loved by people from every community and was well-known throughout the city and the state for her quick wit and unusual ability to have the last word in any conversation.
Annie is survived by a brother, John Artis Yopp, and a sister-in-law, Lana V. Yopp, of New Haven and Matthews, N.C. She was predeceased by sisters Elizabeth “Betty” Yopp and Mary Ann Williams and a brother, Edward Yopp Jr. Annie leaves many nephews, nieces and great-nephews and great-nieces. Annie had two lifelong, best friends, Mae Huckaby and Hilda Grace Kilpatrick, who shared many interests with her.
A celebration of Annie’s life and legacy will be held Friday, May 27, at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church, 1324 Chapel St., with Rev. Samuel Ross-Lee officiating. Viewing and visitation will be held at the church from 10-11:00 a.m. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Attorney John “Jack” Keyes, 420 E. Main Street, Branford, 06405 for the Annie Yopp Scholarship Fund that will help educate children from foster care or adoptions backgrounds.
Professional services entrusted to Curvin K. Council Funeral Home, 128 Dwight St. An online guestbook is available at www.curvinkcouncil.com.
posted by: E. Lindsey Ruminski on May 25, 2011 11:30am
Annie, will truly be missed in our world, a friend to so many, and a sister to all who knew her. My family’s prayers and blessing to the Yopp family.
posted by: Yale on May 25, 2011 12:19pm
I have known Annie for years through Valerie and Chris she worked with at the Court House on Elm Street Wonderful person and will be missed by all. Prayers to her family and friends.
posted by: David C. Gould on May 25, 2011 1:31pm
I am shocked that my dear friend and high school classmate is gone. She possessed a phenomenal spirit and love of life and all people. Annie and I grew up in North Haven and enjoyed many mutual friends. We recently enjoyed our 50th reunion from North Haven High School. She has a big help to my family and to me these years and a total treat to be around. What a gift she was to us all!
I will miss her very much.
posted by: Bill Lanouette on May 25, 2011 2:08pm
Annie was a force of nature! Her big smile and bigger heart enriched our lives and brightened our days. We will miss her and her lifelong good works. Bill Lanouette (highschool classmate)
posted by: Alycia on May 25, 2011 2:32pm
Annie was a unique and spirited person who infected everyone with her love of life, her deep compassion, and her humor. She brought so much to this community. She will be greatly missed.
posted by: Jaime_mm on May 25, 2011 3:00pm
Annie will be severely missed. She touched so many lives and brought immeasurable love to this world. If all of us could follow her lead how much better would this city and this world would be!? Her work for the most dispossessed and downtrodden and her belief in the essential goodness in peoples’ hearts shook me out of my cynicism and moved me to do and be more. She was truly a force for good like few I have ever encountered. and she was humble, through all of that. New Haven will not forget you, Annie.
posted by: Sharyn on May 25, 2011 3:38pm
What a precious rose God has added to His garden.. Annie will be missed because she was genuinely loved by so many.. Rest in Peace my dear friend…
posted by: Katrina on May 25, 2011 5:31pm
I was blessed to have Annie as a friend, and the honor to work beside her. She will be missed greatly. The positive impact she has made on so many, will never be forgotten.
posted by: LOU on May 26, 2011 11:10am
ANNIE AND I WORKED IN NEW HAVEN , AD BECAME CLOSE FRIENDS, OVER THE YEARS, WE HAVE KEPT IN CONTACT, AND SHE JUST LOVED LILFE…VERY OUTSPOKEN, BUT GENINE,,,WHAT YOU SAW, IS WHAT YA GOT,,,,NO SMOKE SCREEN, IF SHE DIDN’T LIKE YOU,, YOU WOUWLD KNOW IT…AND THEN SOME…....LOVE YA ANNIE, I LL MISS ALL THE EMAILS…AND HARASMENT…
posted by: Dr. Sullivan-Williams on May 26, 2011 2:00pm
It saddens me to learn of the passing of my friend, Annie Yopp.
Eventhough we lived in separate states, we still continued our friendship and e-mailing back and forth (with a few jokes, and just bringing each other up to speed).
Anne, shall truly be missed, especially her character and sense of humar…..
Annie was a class act!
We all shall miss her, but she shall forever live on in our hearts.
posted by: Dominick Maldonado on May 28, 2011 6:53am
To the family of my beloved “Annie Yopp Hill”, I am very sadden by one of my best friend & sister “Annie”. We knew each other for many years and always loved to see each other and joke around. She was one of the most beautifull person I have ever me, and I will never forget you “Annie: Love, Dominick Maldonado
posted by: Mary Alice Chieppo Wolf on June 8, 2011 9:32am
As a proud member of the class of ‘58 of North Haven High School, I was happy to see Annie at our most recent reunion. She, as always, was wry, funny, wise and loving. I remember sitting next to her in Biology class and all we did was giggle! She hadn’t changed. I grieve with my classmates and send deep sympathy to her loved ones. Sincerely, Mary Alice