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Thelma Hooper


Thelma R. Hooper, 91, of Cambridge, Maryland formerly of Hoopers Island passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 25, 2021 at Signature Healthcare at Mallard Bay in Cambridge.

She was born February 27, 1930 on Hoopers Island to the late William Jennings and Alberta Creighton Simmons.

Thelma attended the local schools and graduated from Hoopers Island High School with the class of 1947.

On September 13, 1947 she married the love of her life Paul Alton Hooper and together raised five children. They made their home on Hoopers Island for 70 years. Alton died on March 11, 2000 and after the death of her husband Thelma moved to Cambridge.

Thelma, beginning as a young child, worked in the local crab picking houses and loved every minute of it. She considered it hard work but also looked at it as great social time with her friends on the island.

She was quite the seamstress and enjoyed making elaborate outfits for dolls. Thelma was an excellent cook and baked awesome cakes and pies. She would make pies for the Artisan Fair and they would be sold out before the fair would even start.

Family dinners were a big part of Thelma’s life. She made everything from scratch, did not believe in canned or boxed food products. She would remember what each family member liked for desert and they could be assured their favorite desert was prepared just for them. She also was an avid reader. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Thelma was a member of Hosier Memorial Methodist Church and attended Grace United Methodist Church, after moving to Cambridge.

She is survived by five children Paul Alton Hooper, Jr.(Donna) of Cambridge, Roger David Hooper, Sr. (Barbara) of Hurlock, Dorothy A. Elzey(Bobby) of Vienna, John Henry Hooper (Kathy) of Parsonsburg and Ronnie Wayne Hooper of Cambridge; grandchildren Paul Alton Hooper, III, Adam Hooper, Roger David Hooper, Jr., Michael Hooper, Lisa Medford, Lori Pritchett, Craig Dennis, Kelly Dennis, Amy Rhodes and Eric Booth; great grandchildren Hanna Hubbard, Hunter Hubbard, Vance Hooper, Justine Hooper, Amanda Clem, Brittany Hooper, Caitlyn Hooper, Allison Hooper, Emily Hooper, Bella Hooper, Evan and Mason; great- great granddaughter Halee Taylor; siblings Pauline Phillips, Nancy Hayward and Jimmy Simmons; several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death besides her parents and husband were sisters Dorothy Simmons and Freida Fannin; brothers Jennings H. Simmons, Sr. and Edwin Simmons.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, Cambridge, beginning 12:30 p.m. with Rev. Doug Ridley officiating. Family will receive friends an hour prior to the service.

Interment will follow the service at Maryland Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery, Hurlock.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Thelma’s name can be sent to Grace United Methodist Church P.O. Box 815, Cambridge, MD 21613 or Hosier Memorial Methodist Church, c/o Priscilla McGlaughlin, P.O. Box 41, Fishing Creek, MD 21634.

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I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to each of you.

JoAnne Wingate Nabb Jan 7 2022 12:00 AM

Mark and Becky Dennis

Becky Dennis24 Jan 5 2022 12:00 AM

johnney and ronnie so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom........you guys take care...

Timothy Foxwell / Kansas Dec 31 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thelma Hooper

Mickey Dean Dec 31 2021 12:00 AM

Miss Thelma was a dear sweetheart and will surely be missed. Condolences and much love sent to her family and friends.

Colleen Curran-Bromwell Dec 30 2021 12:00 AM

Alton, Donna and family-I am so sorry for the loss of Miss Thelma. I know she will truly be missed by everyone. Ricky and I are away do I wont be at the funeral but will call when I get back.

Terry Wheatley Dec 30 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thelma Hooper

Tommy and Jane Phillips Dec 29 2021 12:00 AM

My sympathy and prayers to the Hooper family. Aunt Thelma was such a sweet , kind person. I appreciated all her kind words , when I lost my Mom and Dad. I love the trips her and Uncle Alton would make in the summer to bring my Dad crabs. I think that is when I developed my love for crabs. May she rest in peace , now that they all will be reunited. The Hooper brothers and their wives . Together again.

Theresa Hooper Kurtz Dec 29 2021 12:00 AM

I was in mallard bay with mrs Thelma about 3 yrs ago. Such a pleasant woman. We had many chats. Bless your family

Bonnie mccarter Dec 29 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thelma Hooper

Steve & Carol (Brittingham) Willey Dec 29 2021 12:00 AM

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