WINTHROP -- Resting beside her favorite window at home, in the pre-dawn hours she enjoyed most, Nellie May Rogers Hooker said her final goodbye on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011. She has left her strong spirit with her family.
Nellie was born on Aug. 17, 1924, in Keegan, Maine, the 10th and youngest child of James Freeman and Irene Shaw Rogers. She spent her early years in Caribou, and also lived in Portland, Wilton, and eventually her permanent residence, Winthrop, where she met and married James F. Hooker in August 1946.
In the mid-1950s, Nellie worked as a forewoman at Albany Felt Co. (now Tex Tech Inc.) in North Monmouth. She left early in her career to raise her family, to which she was totally devoted. A traditional wife and mother in all respects, she worked endlessly caring for her home and family, including preserving the many vegetables and fruits she helped to harvest. Nellie also loved and had a special way with children; she was a doting, beloved grandmother. Above and beyond her talents as a homemaker, Nellie took great pride and joy in her management of the family finances. If not for her complete devotion to family, she would have been a fantastic businesswoman.
Several activities brought enjoyment for Nellie. The various makes and models of cars were an interest of hers as well as driving in general, having been taught by her brother, Guy, who allowed her to drive his Model A Ford with a rumble seat from Caribou to Portland at the age of 13. Nellie also loved pianos, purchasing several over the years. Though she never took lessons, she was able to pick out tunes by ear and encouraged piano lessons for her daughters and grandchildren. Piano playing was featured at many family celebrations.
With an astute eye for fashion, Nellie kept up a stellar appearance up to the last days of her life. She faithfully had her hair done weekly, and was rarely caught without lipstick and eyebrow pencil. One of her greatest enjoyments in life was dancing at the American Legion Post 2. She and Jimmy provided great entertainment many evenings on the dance floor there.
In her later years, Nellie loved going to lunch and dinner with family and friends, and never missed the chance to collect everyone's leftovers to bring home to her feathered friends, "my crows."
She is predeceased by her husband, James F. Hooker; and nine siblings, Charles (Coll) Collingwood, Grace, George Norman, James (Frank) Franklin, John, Guy, and Earl Rogers, Eska Toohey and Pearl Smith.
Nellie is survived by her three daughters, Holly L. Cooper, Jamie L. Hayford and husband Bob, who was like a son to Nellie, and Hope I. Hooker and her companion, David, all of North Monmouth; four grandchildren, Jessie L. Cooper Morin and her husband, Lee, of Scarborough, Jodie L. Hayford of Brooklyn, N.Y., Erin E. Hayford, currently on internship in Costa Rica, and James (Joey) Barbour of North Monmouth, who had a special place in Nellie's heart. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Visiting will be held Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Roberts Funeral Home, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop, where a funeral service will follow at 11. Burial will be in Glenside Cemetery, Winthrop.
Condolences to the family may be sent to www.khrfuneralhomes.com.