Bertha Drinkwater Hopper

Nov 08, 2012
Bertha Hopper

Camden — Bertha Drinkwater Hopper, 98, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport.

Born in Searsmont on Jan. 22, 1914, she was the daughter of Clinton and Alice (Mahoney) Butler and married Robie Drinkwater. In 1934, Bertha and Robie moved to Camden. She was employed for many years as a supervisor in the burling room at the Seabright Woolen Mill. Later, she worked at Tibbetts Industries for a number of years, retiring when she was in her 70s. Mr. Drinkwater died on Oct. 9, 1983. Bertha married Cyril Hopper and they were married just a year and a half before he passed away.

Mrs. Hopper was well-known by her family and friends for her homemade molasses cookies. She also enjoyed crocheting, sewing, cooking and attending beano at the Camden American Legion. She was a member of the Augusta Spiritualist Church and a former member of the Megunticook Grange.

Surviving are her three children, Harold Drinkwater and his wife, Dorothy; Maxine Simmons; Walter Drinkwater and his wife, Glenna, all of Camden; four grandchildren, Charles Simmons III and his wife, Miranda of St. Albans; Julie Landwehr and her former husband, Peter of Camden; Kurt Drinkwater and his wife, Amy of Glen Cove; Todd Drinkwater and his wife, Kendra of Standish; nine great-grandchildren, Ryan Landwehr; Adam Landwehr; Evan Drinkwater; Addie Drinkwater; Morgan Drinkwater; Sage Drinkewater; Luke Drinkwater; Molly Simmons and Matthew Simmons; and a special friend, Jeannette Dean. Bertha was predeceased by two husbands, Robie Drinkwater, Cyril Hopper; a son, Lawrence Drinkwater; son-in-law, Charles Simmons, Jr.; and two brothers, Clyde Butler and Ralph Butler.

Calling hours will be Thursday, Nov. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain St., Camden. A graveside service will be held Friday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Camden. Memorial donations may be made to PAWS, P.O. Box 707, Rockport, ME 04856. Condolences may be shared with the family at

Comments (3)
Posted by: Amy Drinkwater | Nov 16, 2012 17:26

Nana Bertha was one of the most caring and generous people I have ever known. She loved to cook for people and was always trying to help her family in some way.  She was a hard worker her whole life and had many fascinating stories to tell about her past. She will be missed dearly.       Love you Nana,  Kurt, Amy , Evan and Addie

Posted by: Dana E Kennedy Sr. | Nov 08, 2012 18:31

Thinking of you both !!!  

Karen and Dana

Posted by: GLENNA DRINKWATER | Nov 06, 2012 20:55

We will miss Nana so much Glenna and Walter

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