Charlotte R. Pope

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Charlotte R. Pope

June 17, 1916 - September 10, 2018

Charlotte R. Pope Gloucester - Charlotte Rosalie (Atwater) Pope, 102, wife of the late Clifton T. Pope, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, at the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Gloucester.
Mrs. Pope was born in Gloucester on June 17, 1916, daughter of the James H. and Rose E. (Carter) Atwater. With the exception of a couple of years during World War II, and the last couple in the nursing home, she lived her entire life on Marble Street in East Gloucester.
After graduating from Gloucester High School in 1934, she received a teaching certificate from Salem Teachers College, now Salem State University. She taught elementary classes at Mount Vernon School, Forbes School and Point Grammar School, before giving up teaching when she married in 1942.
After raising her three sons, she went back to teaching in the late 1950s, first running a kindergarten at the Riverdale Methodist Church, then returning to Gloucester Public Schools, first at Lane Elementary School, followed by Plum Cove School. During this time she returned to Salem State at nights and during the summer to earn her bachelor’s degree in 1968.
Throughout her life, she was an active member of the Methodist churches in Gloucester, first at East Gloucester Methodist, then Wesley Methodist and finally Gloucester Methodist Church in Riverdale.
Mrs. Pope retired in the late 1970s, but remained active by volunteering as a teaching aide at East Gloucester Elementary School. She was one of the first volunteers at the Open Door, helping set up and clean up when the organization first offered free meals to the needy every Saturday night at Wesley Methodist Church.
She held many posts within the Wesley and Gloucester Methodist churches, as well as with their women’s organizations. She also volunteered at the Addison Gilbert Hospital gift store, working a couple of days a week well into her 90s.
During her retirement she enjoyed traveling with family and friends, taking walks around Gloucester and playing Scrabble with friends.
Mrs. Pope is survived by her three sons and two daughters-in-law, Andrew T. and Judith Pope of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, Jonathan C. and Susan Pope of Gloucester, and Jeffrey A. Pope of Gloucester; one granddaughter and two grandsons, Julia T. Pope (and Stephen Chrisomalis) of Windsor, Ontario, James A. Pope and Gregory F. C. Pope, both of Gloucester; one great-grandson, Arthur P. T. Chrisomalis of Windsor, Ontario; and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her brother-in-law and his wife, John and Rita Pope of Chelmsford.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brother John H. Atwater; her sister M. Sadie Reid; and a lifelong friend and next-door neighbor, Jean Nugent.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, September 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester. Family and friends are cordially invited. Her service will be held in the Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St., Gloucester, on Friday, September 14, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, East Gloucester. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to: Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St., Gloucester, MA 01930, or the Open Door Food Pantry, 28 Emerson Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930. Online condolences may be given at
Published on September 11, 2018
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