Marie Cooper, 97, of Washington, passed away on January 5, 2021, surrounded by her family.
Marie had enjoyed embroidery, quilting, doing puzzles and dancing. She had been a volunteer at RSVP, where she made bears for children. For many years, canning with her sisters was a favorite activity. Most importantly, she liked to be with her family, and liked going to family reunions.
Her memberships included Dale American Legion Auxiliary and Jasper VFW Auxiliary. Her time at the Washington Assembly of God was important to her.
Marie learned how to work hard by growing up helping her family pick cotton in Arkansas. She was the first women to work at Dale Wood, a furniture factory in Dale. Her other jobs included working as a cook on a river barge, traveling on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, working in housekeeping, being a cook at the Golden Nursing Home in Dale, and working in furniture factories.
Surviving is her daughter, Anna Cooper of Washington; her sons, Gary Cooper and his wife, Barbara, of Gentryville, Monte Cooper and his wife, Josephine, of Washington and Donnel Cooper of Washington; her sisters, Evelyn Rozelle of Indianapolis, Linda Rudy of Indianapolis, Carolyn Pollock and her husband, Charles, of Boonville, MS, and Faye Ebert of Jasonville; her grandchildren, Angie Spicker (Rob), of Ft. Myers, FL, Kimberly Fisher (Jason), of Chrisney, Baleigh Cooper of Gentryville, Mikaela Holmes (Skyler), of Oklahoma City, OK, Vanessa Dilly (James), of Huntingburg, Monica Cooper of Washington, Elizabeth Broshears (Nathan), of Jasper, Jake Cooper of Jasper, James Denning (Angie), of Rota, Spain, Clint Cooper (Ashley), of Huntingburg, Cody Cooper of Huntingburg and Andrew Cooper (Ashley), of Lawrenceville, IL; her step-grandchildren, Candy Enlow, Tammy Taylor, Sherry Escalera (Jose), and Robert Taylor, all of Washington; 42 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, and cousins.
Born October 8, 1923 in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Louie and Cora (Taylor) Godbold. Her parents; her husband, Hilbert Cooper; her brothers, Albert and James Louie Godbold; her sisters, Angela Newell, and Ella Godbold; her grandsons, Derek Cooper and Joshua Wernie; and one male and one female child preceded her in death.
Friends may visit with Marie’s family from 9 – 11 a.m. EST at the Washington Assembly of God on Wednesday, January 20. Her funeral will begin at 11 at the church. A graveside service will follow at 12:30 EST in the Dale Cemetery in Dale. Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family through goodwinsieversfh.com.