Claire Anita (Labbe) Hoover, 84, of Topsham, Maine shed her earthly bonds and entered into heaven on Dec. 31, 2019 after a long and courageous battle with dementia/Alzheimer's disease.
She was born in May of 1935 to Alice M (Cote) and Philip O. Labbe Jr. in Brunswick. She was a 1954 graduate of Brunswick High SchooI. Claire married James (Jim) Hoover, a U.S. Air Force airman in 1956. Together they began the 20-year Air Force career that took them to three overseas and eight stateside tours. As an Air Force wife Claire made her family a home wherever the Air Force assigned them. With her "Maine Gal" determination, she embraced each tour. She was active in her children's school, sports and Scouting programs. Claire and Jim returned to settle in Topsham, Maine in 1974 after Jim retired from the USAF.
Claire was predeceased by her parents, Alice and Philip Labbe Jr; her brothers, Alexis (Tex), Gerard, and Maurice Labbe; and her daughter, Brenda Diane Hoover (1958).
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Jim Hoover; her son, James (Jim) Hoover and wife Jo Gergosian of Topsham, Maine; her daughter, Angela M. (Hoover) Calderon and husband Joe of Cleburne, Texas; granddaughter, Katie Rose Napoli (Andrew) of Topsham and granddaughter Melina Calderon of High Point, NC.
Claire never met a stranger. Even as Alzheimer's took control, she continued to say "hello," "hi" and waved; she was an inspiration and encouragement to many.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to www.midcoasthumane.org and Bright Focus Alzheimer's research www.brightfocus.org/research/Alzheimer. The family would like to give a special acknowledgment and thanks to the staff of Horizons in Brunswick for your loving care; to Tammy Holt for your tender loving home care and support; and to Jo Gergosian, daughter-in-law, for all your attentive care and advocacy for Claire.
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