Sophie C. W. Draper
PORTLAND, MAINE -- Sophie Carter Whitin Draper died peacefully at the Maine
Medical Center in Portland on May 26, 2006.
Sophie was born in Northbridge, Massachusetts on January 21, 1912, the second of
five children of Paul and Rebecca Whitin. She was educated at the Bowling Alley
School and Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut. In 1934, she married
stockbroker George Draper of Hopedale, Massachusetts, their marriage bringing
together the Whitin and Draper families of the Blackstone Valley. The Drapers lived in
Boston until 1942, when George enlisted in the army. Sophie moved with their two
children to Dover, MA, where she worked as a volunteer for the Red Cross during
George's three-year absence in North Africa, Italy, and the Philippines. After the war,
the couple had two more children and remained in Dover for twenty-five years. In 1967
they moved back to Boston, where, for the next thirty-five years, Sophie served as a
volunteer for a wide variety of Boston-based organizations: WBZ's Call for Action, the
Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Ellis Memorial Hospital, the Visiting Nurses
Association, the Chinese Institute, and the Vincent Club among them. In 2003, Sophie
moved to the Piper Shores community in Scarborough, ME, where her sister, Cora
Truslow, was already a resident.
Sophie was predeceased by her husband, George, and a daughter, Sophie Draper
of Northfield, IL. She is survived by her sister, Cora, her sister-in-law Lilla Scharnberg
of Needham, MA, her daughters, Rebecca King of Greenfield, MA, and Matilda
Graham of Kansas City, MO, her son, George Draper of Sorrento, ME, nine
grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Sophie was a devoted pianist and gardener, and a brilliant and beloved hostess.
She deeply loved her family, which, over the years, grew to include every person she
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 o'clock on Friday, June 30 at the Dover
Church in Dover, MA. Worcester Telegram, June 9, 2006
Sophie's husband, George, was the son of Clare and Matilda (Engman) Draper. He
was born on April 4, 1908. Clare was the son of General William F. and Lilla Draper.