A. Shearer (Hooper) Simonton, 71, passed away surrounded by her family at Knox Center in Rockland on Aug. 5, 2011 after a long illness.

She was born in Bucksport on July 24, 1940, the fourth child of Floyd B. and Eula Mae Craft Hooper. She attended Rockland schools where she was active in basketball, Glee Club and singing in Kippy Karnaval presentations, graduating in 1959. She was a finalist for Miss Sea Goddess in the 1958 Rockland Lobster Festival.

She married Raymond Simonton on June 13, 1959, then attended and graduated from Golden Beauty School. She worked as a hairdresser at various nursing homes in Portland, and also did hair for many of her friends while living in Yarmouth during the 1970’s. Additionally, she worked for many years as a waitress, including nine years at Vallee’s Restaurant in Portland.

She enjoyed knitting, music and loved talking with her many relatives and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents and a brother, Donald J. Hooper. She is survived by two sisters, Audrey H. Payson and her husband, Albert, of Rockland, and Eula “Midge” Grimes, of South Waterboro; three brothers, Ralph Hooper and wife Betty Lee, of Rockland, Perry Hooper and wife Kathy, of Hope and Florida, and Charles Hooper, of Auburn; her sons, Dale R. Simonton, of Saco, Steven E. Simonton and partner Mark Brooks, of Lewiston, and  Jeffry A. Simonton, of Scarborough; five grandchildren, Devin, Emily, Avery, Natalie and Jack Simonton; and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at Rockville Cemetery in Rockport.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kno-Wal-Lin Hospice House, 22 White Street, Rockland, ME 04841.  Online condolences may be offered to the family at directcremationofmaine.com.