Mary Frances Canterbury was born on 23 February 1906 in Mingo County, West Virginia, to Howard or Homer and Nancy "Nannie" (Robertson) Canterbury. Her parents split up not long after Mary was born. Her mother remarried in 1913 and her father, in 1914. By 1920 Mary likely lived on the farm of George Rhodes in Big Sandy, West Virginia, where she worked as a farm servant.
She married Henry Muir on 3 July 1921 at Walls Creek, West Virginia. She was 16 years old and Henry was 18. The couple had a daughter, Mary Inez Muir, in late 1922 and they must have separated soon after. By 1926 Mary lived with or was married to Lee A. Collins and had a daughter. In 1930 Henry was in Louisiana and married to another woman.
When the 1930 census was enumerated, Mary lived in Sandy River, West Virginia, with Lee Collins, her daughter, Mary Inez, and two daughters, Irene and Laura, by Lee Collins. In 1940 she and Lee lived with his aunt and uncle in Hurricane, Virginia. Only their youngest daughter, born about 1930, remained at home.
Some time after 1940 Mary Frances and Lee divorced and Mary married Jeffrey Robin Hopkins and moved from southwest Virginia to Columbus, Ohio.
Mary Frances (Canterbury) Muir Collins Hopkins died on 20 December 1971 at her home in Columbus. She was buried at the Short Ridge Cemetery in Garland, West Virginia. Her former husband or partner, Lee Collins, died in 1964 in Chicago and Jeffrey Hopkins died in March 1984 in Avondale, West Virginia. He is also buried at Short Ridge Cemetery.
1920 US Federal Census, Census Place: Big Sandy, Kanawha, West Virginia; Roll: T625_1957; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 66; Image: 81
1930 US Federal Census, Census Place: Sandy River, McDowell, West Virginia; Roll 2543; Page 6B; Enumeration District: 0048; Image: 1012.0; FHL microfilm: 234227
1940 US Federal Census, Census Place: Hurricane, Buchanan, Virginia; Roll: T627_4251; Page: 18A; Enumeration District: 14-9
Global, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, 1971 Hopkins, Mary F.
US, Ohio Deaths, 1908-1932 and 1938-2007, Certificate: 091958; Volume: 20700
US, West Virginia, Birth Index, 1853-1969, 1906 Canterbury, Francie
US, West Virginia, Birth Registration, 1852, 1870-1871, and 1872-1914, 1906 Mingo County, Record 1A
US, West Virginia, Marriages Index, 1785-1971, 1921 Muir, Henry R. - Canterbury, Mary
US, West Virginia Marriage License, 1865-1969, 1921, page 314