MACHIAS – Florence “Flo” Rolande Hooper, 87, died unexpectedly January 14, 2014 at a Machias hospital with her loving family by her side. She was born Dec. 2, 1926 in Auburn the daughter of the late Alphonse and Albina (Prefontaine) Cote. As a member of the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame Flo will be remembered for her musical talent, especially yodeling, as she played alongside her husband Gene, entertaining crowds throughout New England and the Maritimes for a career that spanned over seventy years. She also sang with the Old Time Radio Gang for fifteen years, and for ten years she ran the Country Duckling Store in Machias. She loved cooking, sewing, watching old movies, and especially spending time with her family. She was a very loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She is survived by and will be sadly missed by her children, Joline Sprague, Sharlene Hooper, Wayne and wife Jane, and Zita Wood and husband Norman; two brothers, Bert, and Leonard and wife, Rachel; sisters, Betty, Maggie, and Lucille; special sisters-in-law, Emma, and Eloise and her husband Richard; nine grandchildren, Michelle, Nicole, Tanya, Monique, Kenny, Tina, Troy, Janelle, and Shawn; 19 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, and one on the way; as well as many nieces and nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her beloved husband of 61 years Gene Hooper; a sister Fern and four brothers- Roger, Paul, Ivan, and one as an infant. A Funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Holy Name Catholic Church in Machias with Very Rev. Eugene Gaffey, celebrant. A service of remembrance and reception will immediately follow at the Parish Hall. Graveside services at the Kennebec Cemetery will be announced in the spring .In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in her memory may be made to -Special Olympics of Maine, 125 John Roberts Road #5, South Portland, ME 04106. Arrangements are in care of McClure Family Funeral Services, Machias and Lubec. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family by visiting www.mcclurefamilyfuneral.com
Florence R. Hooper
Posted Jan. 16, 2014, at 5:53 a.m.