Doris B. Hooper, 86: Loyal, dedicated and hard working

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NORTH YARMOUTH — Doris B. Hooper, 86, died on March 21 with her family by her side.

She was born in Long Branch, N.J. on Oct. 5, 1925, to Susan and Henry Bennett, with whom she had a great and loving relationship. She was educated in Red Bank, N.J. schools and graduated from Red Bank High School in 1943. She was a “Jersey Tomato” all her life.

She first worked in a bakery in Red Bank and later at F.W. Woolworth. At age 17, began a 40-year career with the telephone company where she retired from in 1989. She then earned an associate’s degree from Southern Maine Community College and worked for 11 years as a unit clerk at Maine Medical Center. She was known as a loyal and dedicated employee wherever she worked.

Over the years she was a member of the Eastern Star of Yarmouth, the advisory board of the Rainbow Girls in Yarmouth, a life-member of the Telephone Pioneers and, along with her husband, served as deacon and deaconess of the North Yarmouth Congregational Church.

Although she did not travel much, she had very fond memories of a trip to Quebec and two trips to the Canadian Maritime aboard the friendship sloop Mary Day. She and Roger, who was the harbor master in Freeport for several years, enjoyed sailing on their sailboat, Thad Too. Through the years she was supportive of her daughter Jaimy’s horse activity. She also volunteered for over 20 years at the Barbara Bush Hospital.

Her friends and family will remember her as a shy and private person who enjoyed baseball, music, especially Benny Goodman, and her grandchildren. She will also be remembered for her loyalty, collecting speeding tickets and playing piano.

Hooper is survived by her son, Roger Owen Bennett, of Portland; daughters, Amy Clements, and her husband, Doug, of Cumberland and Jaimy Hooper Friedrich and her husband, Steve, of North Yarmouth; granddaughter, Elizabeth Clements and her fiance, Dan Rafferty, of Portland. She was predeceased by her husband, Roger, and her grandson, Luke Clements.

A celebration of her life will take place at a later date followed by a burial in Hallowell Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, New England/Northern New England, 175 Ammon Dr., Suite 201, Manchester, NH 03103.

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