In Memory of

We say Farewell to our Habitat Friends/supporters/volunteers.

Hazel Roper at 73 Rock Street, Lowell

Hazel Roper of Lowell, 2017

HFHGL mourns the passing of long-time volunteer Hazel Roper.  Reverend Roper died March 16 2017 at age 77.  Born in Lowell, she earned at BA in Philosophy and English from Acadia University in Canada in 1961. After her ordination in 1964, she earned at BA in Divinity in 1965, a Master of Sacred Theology in 1970, and a Doctorate in Ministry in 1987 from Andover Newton Theological Seminary.  Hazel served as Pastor of the Plainfield Community Church in Plainfield NH for 20 years.  Returning to her roots, she served as Moderator at the Calvary Baptist Church in Lowell from 2012 until the time of her passing.

Hazel was a member of GLILA (Greater Lowell Interfaith Leadership Alliance).  At one of the GLILA meetings in 2014 she announced that the Baptist churches in Lowell would commit to sponsoring a Habitat house at 73 Rock Street.  She wrote and won a $33,500 One Great Moment of Sharing grant from the American Baptist Home Mission Societies.  Her efforts contributed $55K in total to the project.  This commitment spurred the Congregational Church in Tewksbury and the United Methodist Church in Westford to commit to two other faith builds.

Hazel grew up in Lowell and used to drive by Rock Street every day on her way to school. After she got involved with the 71 and 73 Rock Street projects, she frequently mentioned this connection.  Hazel was always a pleasure to have on the work site and volunteered many days to help build 71 & 73 Rock Street. Her sense of humor made the difference.  According to Construction Manager Scott Carpenter, Hazel didn’t like pizza (which is the staple lunch for volunteers) so she always ordered a ham and cheese sandwich – without the cheese!

Hazel Roper was a driver and showed what “faith in action” really means, This video shows her passion for Habitat.

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