- Irene Phyllis Soper, formerly Murch, of Verona Island, 77, passed away peacefully in the early evening of October 11, 2017 surrounded by her family at EMMC in Bangor. She was born August 16, 1939 daughter to Charles and Phyllis Murch.
She was the devoted wife survived by her husband, Dr. Richard Soper, loving mother to three daughters Lynn Soper of Bucksport, Karen and husband Ben Rump of Bucksport and Heather Soper and life partner David Holmes of Plymouth, Maine, and survived by her brothers Wayne and his wife Martha, Sidney and wife Carmella and Charles and sister Dolores and husband Dennis, and brother in law Donny Haslem; predeceased by her sisters Marilyn and Lee and her husband Al May of Franklin, Maine; grandchildren Jason, Orion Ellsworth, Christopher Soper, Jessica McCoskey, David Mushrall, Aaron Rice; great-grandchildren Alice, Cachous, Stella, Noah, Michael, Chloe, Connor. Irene met her husband Richard Soper Jr. at a high school dance and were married at a candle light service at the Franklin Methodist church, July 19, 1958.
She worked as a secretary at Nutting Hall at UMO in the Forestry Department and through love and determination the two worked together until Richard achieved a Masters Degree from the University of Maine and a PhD in entomology from Cornell University. Irene and Richard shared an exciting and very productive life together and traveled extensively to locations such as the South of France, Greece, Poland, and Australia.
She spent many years volunteering her time for the Orland Methodist Church and for the Salvation Army. She was a member of the Eastern Star. She was a talented artist and gifted many beautiful paintings and carvings to her friends and family. She was an enthusiastic gardener and surrounded her home with flowers for all to enjoy. Irene always remembered a very touching event she experienced when visiting Warsaw, Poland, with her husband Richard. Looking down from their hotel window she saw a poor beggar praying at a statue of the Virgin Mary. She was heartfelt and dropped the equivalent of $100 out the window in front of the man. The beggar looked up to the statue and gave thanks to God. Irene felt that it was the lord acting through her and it gave her great comfort and a memory, which lasted her lifetime.
Services will be held Monday, Oct. 16 at 10:00 a.m. at the Orland Village Methodist Church a graveside committal at Oak Grove Cemetery with a reception to follow. Arrangements be Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, Bucksport. Please visit Irene Soper's Memorial Facebook page below and share stories of Irene's life. www.facebook.com/groups/150652512120691/?source=create_flow
Published on  October 14, 2017