MAY, Dorothy Mabel [Hooper]

1891 - 1982

As Dorothy Mabel Perry, she was born at Tendring, Essex on 10 December 1891, daughter of George Arthur Perry, a grocer & draper who kept Weeley Post Office, and his wife Rose Alice née Emmings, who married at Bedford in 1889. In 1911, a 19 year old insurance clerk living at Weeley Post Office, Tendring with her parents, 51 year old George and 41 year old Rose, with two siblings, Marguerite Alice 20 and George Gordon 17. She married at Ipswich in 1915, John Hooper May, an architect and in 1939 a retired rating valuation officer, living at the Grosvenor Guest House, Bideford, Devon when she had hyphenated her name to Hooper-May. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1925-1948 and as Mrs J. Hooper May exhibited from 'Jordans', Little Bealings, Suffolk in 1927 three watercolours 'Near Wells, Somerset', 'Valley of the Rocks, Lynton, N. Devon' and 'Lee Bay, N. Devon', in 1932 'Malfre at Llanbedr, Wales', in 1933 as Mrs D. M. May three, an oil 'On a Dartmoor Farm' and watercolours 'Old Tidal Mill, St Osyth, Essex' and 'The Butter Market, Ipswich', in 1935 as Mrs D. M. May three watercolours 'Cottages, Elsenham, Essex', 'At Playford, Suffolk' and 'Old Trees, The Layers, Saxmundham' and in 1937 three works 'Boat Inn, Woodbridge', and watercolours 'At Axbridge, Somerset' and 'Icklingham, Suffolk'. She re-joined as an associate member 1961-1972 and exhibited from 'Waterside', Fordingbridge, Hampshire in 1962, two watercolours 'Breamore Churchyard, Hampshire' and 'River Avon, Breamore, Hampshire' which seem to have been her last exhibits. She died at Fordingbridge in 1982.