BAR HARBOR — Hope Kyren (Otis) Sweet, 81, died Sept. 15, 2012, in Bar Harbor. She was born June 7, 1931, in Watertown, N.Y., the daughter of Ronald W. and Dorothy (Prichard) Otis.
Hope graduated from Rome Free Academy, Rome, N.Y., in 1948 and Hartwick College, Oneonta, N.Y., in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. She was employed as a research assistant at The Jackson Laboratory, retiring as senior professional assistant, supervisor of Mouse Mutant Resources in 1996 after 30 years of consecutive service. Hope was author and collaborative author of several scientific papers and articles, a former member of Beta Beta Beta, a biological fraternity and the American Genetics Society, and was a lifetime member of Zeta Tan Alpha Gamma Lambda chapter, a national fraternity. Hope married Marcus C. Sweet of Bar Harbor, Oct. 29, 1957, in Rome, N.Y., and celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2007.
She is survived by one son, Ronald M. Sweet of Bar Harbor; brother, David P. Otis and wife, Patricia, of Otis; sister, Abigail D. Morton and husband, Lynn, of New Hartford, N.Y.; nephew, Richard D. Otis and wife, Amy, and daughters, Mary Ashley and Halle Nichole, of Glendale, Ariz.; two nieces, Deborah K. Otis of Rome, N.Y., and Christine C. Otis of Philadelphia; brothers-in-law, John C. Sweet and wife, Geraldine of Bar Harbor, Hoyt C. Sweet and wife, Venita, of Ballston Lake, N.Y., and William F. Sweet and wife, Mary, of Searsport; sister-in-law, Arlene “Lenny” Sweet of Bar Harbor; special friend, Eva Mae Norton of Nassau, N.Y.; many nieces and nephews. Hope was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Marcus C. Sweet; sister-in-law, R. Isabel Dresser of East Holden; and brother-in-law, Jerome H. Sweet and wife, Joyce, of Clearwater, Fla.
Friends are invited to call 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at Bar Harbor Congregational Church, 29 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor, with the Rev. Dr. Sandra M. Reed officiating. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Hulls Cove. Contributions in Hope’s memory may be made to the Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609 or Hartwick College, Dept. of Biology, Hartwick Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820. Condolences may be expressed online at www.jordanfernald.com.