Nancy Caroline Hooper

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Nancy Caroline Hooper, 87
KENNEBUNK -- Nancy Caroline Hooper, 87, died on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at Maine Medical Center following a long illness. She was born in Watertown, Mass., on Jan. 3, 1925, the daughter of Waldo Bishop Clark Sr. and Helen Mildred (Day) Clark. She was educated in Massachusetts, where she graduated from Belmont High School, in the Class of 1942. She went on to college and graduated from Tufts University in 1946 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology.
On Jan. 11, 1947, she married William R. Hooper at Tufts University chapel. Together they enjoyed 35 years of marriage until his death in 1981.
Nancy was a certified teacher. In 1947, she began teaching school, first in Norton, Mass., and then in Hingham, Mass., in the 1960s. She was a substitute teacher in the Kennebunks in the 1960s and 1970s. From 1970 to 1976, she was a Social Science Researcher for the University of Michigan's Research Center in York County. Nancy taught in the Enrichment Program in Kennebunk in 1990, and was a certified literary volunteer and E.S.L. tutor. She was very active in the community, where she served as secretary for the York County Audubon Society, secretary for the Webhannet Women's Club. In the 1950s and 1960s, she worked as a secretary for her husband's engineering firm, Hooper & Sirkis Engineers. She and William moved to Kennebunk in 1969.
Nancy was a member of St. David's Church in Kennebunk where she taught Sunday School, served in the Church Vestry, and volunteered at the Budget Box. She was also active in the Tufts University Alumni Association, and was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.
Nancy always had a special love for children; her own, nieces, nephews, and neighbors'. She was a grandmother to all the children and dogs on her street. She was a caregiver for older relatives, and liked to delve into family history and write up memories to share with younger generations.
Nancy was predeceased by her loving husband, William R. Hooper; a brother, Waldo Bishop Clark, and a sister, Priscilla Prentice. She is survived by her three children, daughter Betsy Anne (Hooper) Lane and her husband Dana, daughter Linda Caroline (Hooper) Gardner and her husband John, son William Clark Hooper; granddaughter Alison C. Lane Ouellette and her husband Jason; great-grandchildren, Lily Anne and Isabelle Marie Ouellette; step-grandchildren, Jonathan Gardner and his wife Patti, and Sarah Gardner; brother Ronald Clark and his wife Judith of Kennebunk and Marblehead, Mass.; step great-grandchild, Natalie Dumas; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, at St. David's Church, Route 1, Kennebunk. Private interment will be at a later date in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Massachusetts. Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel.
Nancy Caroline Hooper

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 27, 2012
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