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Frances C. Hooper

Interested in gardening

Frances C. Hooper, who was interested in music and horticulture, died early yesterday of cancer at her home in Owings Mills. She was 68.

A memorial service for Mrs. Hooper will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, St. Thomas Lane and Garrison Forest Road.

The former Frances Connell was a native of Chicago and a graduate of the Girls' Latin School there and of Sarah Lawrence College.

A music major in college, she played the piano and was a member of the glee club.

Later, she was a member of the choir at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Geneva, Ill., and after moving to Owings Mills in 1960, of the choir at St. Thomas' Church.

Knowledgeable as a horticulturist, she was a gardener who was interested in all plants and flowers and belonged to the St. George's Garden Club.

After her marriage in 1950 to James E. Hooper Jr., she also lived in Greenwich, Conn.

For more than 60 years, she was a summer resident of Nantucket, Mass.

She was a member of the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include two sons, James E. Hooper III of Dover, Mass., and Philip M. Hooper of Wayne, Pa.; a brother, Philip G. Connell Jr. of the Delray Beach, Fla., area; and five grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to St. Thomas' Church or the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, P.O. Box 13, Nantucket, Mass. 02554.

Rita Sullivan

Retired teacher

A Mass of Christian burial for Rita Sullivan, a retired teacher of business courses in Baltimore schools, will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church, Loch Raven Boulevard and Woodbourne Avenue.

Mrs. Sullivan, who was 72 and lived on Northbourne Road, died early yesterday of leukemia at the Good Samaritan Hospital.

She retired in 1981 from the Winston Middle School, but most of the time since she began teaching in 1965 had been spent on the faculty of City College.

Born in New Bedford, Mass., the former Rita Fay was a graduate of Simmons College in Boston and later earned a master's degree at Loyola College.

She worked as secretary to the president of Harvard University before she was married and moved to Baltimore in 1941.

Her husband, Stephen F. Sullivan, who died in 1973, was a naval architect at the Sparrows Point Shipyard of Bethlehem Steel Corp.

In Baltimore, she served as president of the Simmons Alumnae Club and was a member of the Women's Alumnae Club Council.

She also served as president of the Jesuit Guild and the Mount St. Agnes High School Mothers Club, and as a member of the board of the Loyola High School Mothers Club.

Mrs. Sullivan is survived by a daughter, Mary Rita Beyer of Rodgers Forge; three sons, Stephen and Brian Sullivan, both of Baltimore, and Kevin Sullivan of Pittsburgh; and 14 grandchildren.

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