Elaine L. Hooper
30 July, 1940 – 8 September, 2021
Elaine passed away peacefully at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC following the death in April of her beloved husband, Jack. She was born in Saskatchewan, the second child and only daughter in a family of six. Her father’s career as a doctor moved the family to Taber, AB and then to Rossland, BC where she finished high school. She graduated with honours at the UBC School of Nursing before becoming a mother of three children. Not being totally satisfied with full-time motherhood and determined to be a catalyst for positive change in the world, she later pursued a masters degree in social work and became the director of the Nechako Centre Chemical Dependency Programme in Prince George until her retirement in 2000. She and Jack then moved to Vancouver Island, building a beautiful home together overlooking the sea near Sooke. In 2019 they decided to pull up stakes and move to Esquimalt where they could walk to church and Elaine could tend to a smaller garden.
Elaine was an early advocate for women’s equality and passionate about many social causes. She took great pleasure meeting new people and was especially drawn to people of diverse backgrounds. She was a faithful member of the United Church and wholly supported its transition to accepting members of different sexual orientations. She and husband, Jack, made lasting friendships wherever they spent time and will be dearly missed by all.
Throughout her life Elaine was a woman of deep faith, compassion, dedication, curiosity and abundant optimism. She is remembered and much loved by many, especially her children, Greg, Jennifer and David, son-in-law, David, grandsons, James, Eric and Daniel, and many nieces, nephews and cousins from coast to coast. We will miss her physical presence, but her spirit will always be with us.
Woman of spirit
Woman of power
Woman of peace
Donations in her name can be made to the United Church of Canada Mission and Service.
*thank you, Barb Dean
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.firstmemorialsaanich.com for the HOOPER family.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Elaine L. Hooper
24 September 2021
Elaine was a mighty force for good in the world.....and in our neighbourhood, organizing block parties over the years, allowing one and all to enjoy her beautiful home and gardens, gifting us with her radiant enthusiasm and boundless optimism.
She truly lit up whatever room she was in. We miss her and share in the loss with her family and friends.
Francine and Andrew
23 September 2021
Elaine was a superb person. She led the Social Justice committee at Pilgrim United. I had the pleasure of working with her. I am deeply diminished by her death.
20 September 2021
Dear Greg, Jennifer and David, David and the grandchildren~
I was very sad to hear of your lovely Mum's passing. I had a great conversation with her in April, just before Jack died. I had hoped for more visits in this reality, but, as you say, her spirit and love will live on for all of us who were privileged to know her and spend time with her and Jack.
I have known them since the days they lived in Nanaimo, and worked with our Wilma (Sharpe). We last gathered all together in Lloydminister in September of 2010 for Wilma's 90th birthday.
I feel so blessed, all these years, to have had their influence in my life.
May you all feel her love and joy with you on the path ahead,
18 September 2021
Elaine was my mentor in my early years as a social worker in Prince George. She was who I aspired to be. So kind yet strong, so caring and full of sage advise. It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye kind friend, thanks for being you and for all you have done for this world and us fallible humble beings in it. May your soul soar on the goodness of all you have done for so many. Chris Leischner (nee Beattie).