BELFAST – Charlotte Hazlehurst Peters, age 94, died peacefully Dec. 3, 2021, at her home after a stroke. Born in Abington, Pa., Jan. 10, 1927, to Charles and Ethel Hazlehurst, Charlotte grew up in the Philadelphia area.

She graduated from Beaver College (now Arcadia University) in 1948. Charlotte was fortunate to take one of the first tours in Europe after World War II, bicycling through France, beginning a lifelong love of travel.

Charlotte married Ralph Peters April 26, 1952, and the two sailed on the S. S. Rotterdam for a three-month honeymoon in Europe. They settled in Towson, Md. (Baltimore area), and had two children. While working full-time as a legal secretary and raising children, Charlotte attended the University of Baltimore Law School, graduating in 1969. She was the first woman hired for claims adjusting work for State Farm Insurance, a career she excelled in through the early 1980s. In Baltimore Charlotte was active in local politics for many years.

After retirement in 1983, Charlotte continued educating herself on “the works of humanity” through courses in music, arts, literature, history and politics. Throughout their marriage, she and Ralph explored the world, with many great trips throughout Europe, Mexico, Egypt, Russia and Central and South America; they canoed and camped across New England and Canada; they learned lots on Elderhostel trips of all types; and they absorbed opera, classical music and beautiful art works wherever they went.

She and Ralph moved to Belfast in the early 1990s. There Charlotte began a love affair with the charming town of Belfast and beautiful state of Maine, which continued until her dying day. She was an energetic and generous part of community life, joining St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, serving on the City Council, testifying at the State House, creating the Belfast Historic Homes Walking Tour with friends, working with the Friends of the Library, and supporting all kinds of civic events. Charlotte was especially proud to be a Charter Board Member of Friends of Belfast Parks at its inception in 1996-97.

She was one of the staunch advocates who helped save the Belfast Footbridge when the possibility of tearing it down was being considered, as a founder of the SOB (Save our Bridge) group. As well, Charlotte spearheaded the 2016 effort to build the Phineas Parkhurst Quimby Labyrinth on the Belfast Commons, as the chair (at age 89!) of the labyrinth working group.

Charlotte also held a lifelong passion for opera, which always lifted her emotionally and spiritually. She attended as many performances as possible wherever she went.  She amassed a great collection of opera DVDs, which brought her joy as she watched them daily in later years.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents, Ethel Glen Hazlehurst and Charles Hazlehurst; her husband, Ralph Elting Peters; and her siblings, Glen Hazlehurst and Margie Chalfant. Charlotte is survived by her two children, Anne Hazlehurst Peters (husband Jim Roberts and their children Nate, Rachel and Owen) and Charles Elting Peters (wife Jill and their children, Abby and Tom); and by two great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and -nephews.

A memorial service will be held for her Sunday, Dec. 12, at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 95 Court St., Belfast, at 3 p.m.  A reception with drinks and light refreshments will follow.

Donations in honor of Charlotte Peters can be made to Friends of Belfast Parks (P.O. Box 947, Belfast, ME 04815) or to Friends of the Belfast Free Library (c/o fobelfastfl@gmail.com).

For more information, contact Anne Peters at annep@indra.com or 720-260-9890.

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