NEWPORT, Eileen Soper, 92, died December 29, 2005, at the Sebasticook Valley Nursing Home in Pittsfield. She was born in Newport, May 21, 1913, the daughter of Lewman B. and Carrie (Norton) Soper. She graduated as the valedictorian of Newport High School, class of 1930. She received a B.A. Degree from Bates College in 1934, where she majored in French, and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa. In 1935, Eileen received a Masters Degree in French culture and literature from Columbia University. For 39 years she taught French in secondary schools in Ashby, Bridgewater, Swampscott, and Wellesley, Massachusetts, achieving the honor of qualifying for the status
of “Superior” teacher. Eileen studied and traveled in France for several summers, and also attended summer sessions at University of New Hampshire and Middlebury College. In 1974, she retired to Newport. She was a member of the People’s United Methodist Church, and was a member of the Sebasticook Garden Club, serving as treasurer for 11 years. Eileen was a former member of the Newport Woman’s Club and a volunteer at Meals for ME for many years. She enjoyed reading, knitting, and traveling. After her retirement she spent many winters in Florida as well as enjoying several trips abroad.
She is survived by a sister, Margaret S. Witham of Newport; 3 nieces, Anne W. Jenkins of Owls Head, Pamela W. Dahl of Bangor, and Susan W. Goddard of Freeport; several great nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff at Sebasticook Community Home where Eileen lived from 1999 to 2002, and the staff at Sebasticook Valley Nursing Home, where she lived from 2002 until the time of her death, for their wonderful care.
At Eileen's request there will be not be a funeral service at this time. Graveside memorial services will be held in the spring at the Riverside Cemetery in Newport. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the People’s United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 182, Newport, ME 04953. Cremation arrangements by Crosby & Neal, 117 Main St., Newport. For more information or to sign an online guestbook, go to www.crosbyneal.com.
A graveside memorial service for Eileen Soper, who died December 29, 2005, will be held 11 AM Saturday at the Soper family lot, Riverside Cemetery, Newport, with the Rev. George Darling officiating. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport.
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