Obituary: Elizabeth Hooper, 83, former longtime Darien resident, soprano

Elizabeth Nichol Hooper, 83, formerly of Damariscotta, Maine, passed away Sunday, April 29, in Norwalk. She was born May 26, 1929, in Hawick, Scotland, the daughter of Hector Law and Agnes Cairns Law.

While still young her family moved to Cheltenham, England, where she learned to play the piano, enjoyed going to concerts, and gained what was to be a lifelong love of classical music. On Aug. 21, 1954, she married James F. Hooper who was serving with the United States Air Force in England. Following his tour of duty, Elizabeth immigrated to the United States with her husband.

After living a few years in Jamaica, New York, they became long-time residents of Darien. Later, they retired in Waldoboro, Maine. After the death of her husband, Elizabeth spent her last 10 years in Damariscotta, Maine.

During her working years, Elizabeth was employed by several doctor’s offices and also worked for Brinks, Inc. Among her avocations, music was one of her primary loves. She sang soprano for the Fairfield County Chorale, St. Marks Episcopal Church in New Canaan, St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Newcastle, Maine, and the Sheepscott Valley Chorus in Maine. Elizabeth was also passionate about gardens and gardening, inspiring her to become a member of the Damariscotta Garden Club. Throughout her life she was very active in the church and local Women’s Clubs, participating in fundraising events and outreach activities.

Elizabeth had a gentle soul, yet stood strong to her convictions. Being proud of her heritage, she remained a British citizen — regularly returning to her homeland for extended visits and always relishing her daily cups of tea.

Elizabeth is survived by her daughter, Bridget Hooper and her partner Tatyana Eckstrand of Bloomfield, Conn.; her son, Frederick and his wife Patricia Hooper of Norwalk, Conn.; and two grandchildren, Sarah and Emma Hooper, both of Norwalk.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, May 26, at 11 a.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Newcastle, Me. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the Outreach for Haiti, c/o St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 11 Glidden Street, Newcastle, Maine 04553.