HOOPER, Millicent Lettice Marjorie

1892 - 1957

As Millicent Lettice Marjorie Downing, she was born at Markstone, Dublin, Ireland on 11 February 1892, daughter of John George Downing, an Indian army pensioner, and his wife Alma Catherine née Kieser, who married at Kidderpore St Stephen, Bengal, India on 19 December 1880. In 1911, a 19 year old living at Great Bealings, Suffolk with her parents, 55 year old Henry, born Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, and 50 year old Alma, born Blackheath, Kent, and three sibling elder sisters, Mary Alma 25, Dorothy Mildred 22 and Jessie Winnifred 21, all born in India. She married in 1918, Harold Ridley Hooper (9 April 1885-1953), an Ipswich architect and worked under the name of Millicent Hooper. A painter of portraits and flower subjects and a member of Ipswich Art Club 1922-1957 and exhibited from Bridge Cottage, Playford, Ipswich in 1925 three miniatures 'Henry Butcher, Esq.', 'Mrs Church' and 'Mr Cyril Butcher' and in 1933 from 50 Tuddenham Road, Ipswich a watercolour 'Head', in 1943 'Lilac' and 'The Yard' and in 1946 two 'Heads' and 'Jim', in 1948 'Head' and 1950 ‘Marigolds’ and 'John'. In 1939 she was living at 50 Tuddenham Road, Ipswich with her husband Harold, an architect presently a brevet Colonel in the Army. She died in Samford district of Suffolk in 1957, aged 65.