Janet “Jan” Priest Hooper, a former Ridgefielder who was active in gardening circles, died in her home in Sun City, S.C., on Friday, Dec. 6, after a brief bout with cancer. She was 78.

Mrs. Hooper lived on Woodcock Lane in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

A lifelong Episcopalian, Mrs. Hooper was an active member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. She was on the altar guild and flower guild there.

Born in New Hyde Park, NY on June 16, 1935, Mrs. Hooper grew up in Garden City and Stewart Manor, N.Y. She married Mr. Hooper on June 15, 1957, She and Mr. Hooper lived in 13 states and London, England, in their 56 years of marriage.

Mrs. Hooper was an avid gardener. She was president of the Caudatowa Garden Club and many other garden clubs around the country. While living in London, she studied floral design with Constance Spry.

In Ridgefield, Mrs. Hooper was an active member of the P.E.O Sisterhood. She was president of the AD Chapter in Hilton Head, S.C.

She is survived by her husband, Robert C. Hooper, Jr. of Sun City,  Nancy Ryer and her husband, J. Hill Ryer, of Germantown, Tenn.; her son, the Rev. Robert C. Hooper, III and his wife, Priscilla, of West Hartford; her daughter, Jill McGarry, and her husband, Marty, of Glastonbury   — all formerly of Ridgefield, and her daughter Susan Duncan and her husband, Jackie, of Concord, N.C.; 11 grandchildren and her sister, Jean Sax of Sun City West, Ariz.

A memorial service will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church in Hilton Head Island. The date and time are still to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to All Saints Episcopal Church or Hospice Care of the Low Country.