Ruth J. Soper, 77

4-H leader owned and operated 200-acre farm in Carroll County with husband

October 26, 2006

Ruth J. Soper, who owned and operated a 200-acre Carroll County farm with her husband, died of heart failure Friday at her Westminster home. She was 77.

She was born Ruth J. Wolfrey in Chancellorsville, Va., and was raised there and in Silver Spring, where she graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in 1947.

She worked as a teletype operator at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel.

In 1948, she married Richard W. Soper, a farmer, and began farming in Burtonsville. In 1951, they purchased a farm in Scaggsville, where they farmed until forming a partnership in 1965 with a son and moving to Locust Grove Farm near Westminster, where they raised cattle and grew grain.

Her husband died in 2004.

Mrs. Soper was a 4-H leader in Howard and Carroll counties, and had served on the Carroll County 4-H and Future Farmers of America board. She was a member of the Carroll County Women's Republican Club and volunteered at the White House during Republican administrations.

Mrs. Soper enjoyed gardening and travel.

Services were held Monday in Westminster.

Surviving are two sons, Richard W. Soper Jr. of Westminster and Timothy Soper of Dallas; two daughters, Kathleen S. Robey and Deborah S. O'Hara, both of Westminster; a brother, Clyde Wolfrey of Brookeville; two sisters, Clara Volm of Kent Island and Elizabeth Smith of Fredericksburg, Va.; and seven grandchildren.

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