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.

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