ORLAND – Frances Elizabeth Soper, daughter of Eva L. (Curtis) and Frank F. Soper, passed peacefully from this world to the next on August 12, 2014, at an Ellsworth healthcare facility. She was born in Ellsworth, November 21, 1917.
Frances graduated with high honors from Bucksport High School in June 1935 and was married to Richard S. Soper, later that month and year. They were united in marriage by the Rev. Leslie Craig, minister of the Methodist Church in Orland.
A civic minded woman, Frances served on and was Chairman of the Orland School Board; was Chairman of the Orland Town Fish Committee; was ballot clerk many times and was elected Town Clerk for a number of years. She was a founder of the Orland Historical Society and an active member of the Orland United Methodist Church, the Narramissic Grange, the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, and the Maine Archaeological Society of which she became president.
As a member of the Riverside Chapter Order of Eastern Star she worked through the offices to be Worthy Matron and after that held the position of District 13 Deputy Grand Matron for two terms. Other interests besides her family included traveling, geology and anything pertaining to nature.
She is survived by her two sons; Richard S. Soper, Jr., and wife Irene; Brent H. Soper and partner, Susan, sisters; Virginia S. Davis, Orland and Reese S. Miller of Tulsa, OK.; five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by here parents; husband Richard, infant son Brian and daughter in law, Brenda.
Visitation will be held Monday August 18, 2014 at the Orland United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. followed at 2 p.m. by a funeral service of worship.
Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home Bucksport.