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Anna Hooper

July 8, 1928 — December 30, 2016

Anna Elizabeth Chester Hooper (88) peacefully departed this life surrounded by family on Friday, December 30, 2016 at the University of Maryland Medical Center at Dorchester in Cambridge, Maryland.

“Libby” as she was affectionately known by family and friends was born on July 8, 1928 in Cambridge, Maryland to the late Eva and Princeton Chester.  She was educated in Dorchester County public schools, graduating in the class of 1944 from F.D. St. Clair High School in Cambridge, Maryland.  On November 16, 1947, she was joined in marriage to Ruben Hooper; they were married for 66 years.

Libby was a long-time member of Waugh Chapel United Methodist Church where she served as an active member of the Finance Committee and the United Methodist Women. Her social affiliations included the Modernettes, Mes Amies Literary Society, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Cedar Meadows Rod and Gun Club. In 1961, she and her husband became two of the initial group of African Americans to integrate the State Government of Maryland when they accepted employment at the Eastern Shore State Hospital in Cambridge, Maryland.  She remained employed there as a Vocational Rehabilitation Technician until her retirement.

She was preceded in death by her parents Eva and Princeton Chester, husband Ruben, sister Nancy Chester, brothers William and James Chester; brothers-in-law Robert Williams, Benjamin Chester, Winny Henson, Elwood Kennedy, Monroe Elliott; and sisters-in-law Ruth Henson, Florence Elliott and Erma Gibson.

Libby leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memories her daughter Marilyn Hatza (Gregory), grandson Ruben Miles and great-granddaughter Jasmyne Miles, all of Baltimore, MD; sister Frances Williams of Cambridge, MD, brothers-in-law Albanus Hooper, Jr. (Dorothy) of Cambridge, MD, Donald Gibson of Bowie, MD, and Rommie Hooper of Upper Marlboro, MD; sisters-in-law Bertie Woods (Alfred) of Front Royal, VA, Ramona Kennedy of Cambridge, MD and Elva Hooper (Dorsey) of Bowie, MD; Godchildren Dr. Bronte Jones of Carlisle, PA and Byron Chester of Hyattsville, MD; a special niece who assisted in her care, Vanessa Saunders of Cambridge, MD, and a host of nieces nephews, cousins and friends.

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