Lucille D.“Love” Cooper

 
Lucille D. Cooper, 101, of La Grande, died October 11 at the Grande Ronde Retirement Residence.
Lucille was born May 3, 1916, the fifth child of Lawrence Love and Myrtie (Boring) Love. She and her ten siblings grew up on their maternal family homestead in Benton County, Missouri.   Lucille attended High School in Warsaw, Missouri, teacher’s college in Bolivar, Missouri, and taught eight grades in a one-room school house.   
She met James L. Cooper when he was home on leave from the military, and her teaching career ended when she traveled to Las Vegas, where he was stationed, to marry James in April, 1942.  They were married for 65 years until his death in 2007.
While living in Las Vegas, Lucille enjoyed working as a buyer for the children’s department at Sears Roebuck and Company.  
When the war ended, James (career military 1939-1961) was sent to Panama where Lucille and their son Maxwell joined him, and a daughter, Paula, was born.  Lucille and their children accompanied James on subsequent tours in England, France, and four other U.S. states.  They moved to La Grande in 1961 when James retired from the Air Force.  Both children attended and graduated La Grande High School.   
Lucille became a Jehovah’s Witness in 1953; and she was dedicated to the witness work for the remainder of her life, a member of the La Grande congregation for 56 years.
Lucille is survived by her children Dr. Maxwell Cooper (Ardie) of Sequim, WA, and Paula Rubio (Philip) of Durham, NC, 5 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and all her siblings.  
Lucille will be greatly missed by her family and friends.   She will be remembered for her enduring faith in Jehovah, and for her deep and enthusiastic love of life, family, learning, teaching, and the beauty of the earth and its inhabitants.  And she will be remembered for her hats which she wore so well.   
A family memorial service will be held at a later date in Osceola, Missouri where her remains will be taken to rest with those of her parents and five of her siblings at the Shiloh Cemetery near their former home. 
Lucille’s family expresses appreciation to our dear friend in La Grande for her watchful love, to the caregivers and Hospice volunteers and social workers and other visitors and friends who made Lucille’s last years and days brighter and more comfortable.Lucille D.“Love” Cooper
Lucille D. Cooper, 101, of La Grande, died October 11 at the Grande Ronde Retirement Residence.
Lucille was born May 3, 1916, the fifth child of Lawrence Love and Myrtie (Boring) Love. She and her ten siblings grew up on their maternal family homestead in Benton County, Missouri.   Lucille attended High School in Warsaw, Missouri, teacher’s college in Bolivar, Missouri, and taught eight grades in a one-room school house.   
She met James L. Cooper when he was home on leave from the military, and her teaching career ended when she traveled to Las Vegas, where he was stationed, to marry James in April, 1942.  They were married for 65 years until his death in 2007.
While living in Las Vegas, Lucille enjoyed working as a buyer for the children’s department at Sears Roebuck and Company.  
When the war ended, James (career military 1939-1961) was sent to Panama where Lucille and their son Maxwell joined him, and a daughter, Paula, was born.  Lucille and their children accompanied James on subsequent tours in England, France, and four other U.S. states.  They moved to La Grande in 1961 when James retired from the Air Force.  Both children attended and graduated La Grande High School.   
Lucille became a Jehovah’s Witness in 1953; and she was dedicated to the witness work for the remainder of her life, a member of the La Grande congregation for 56 years.
Lucille is survived by her children Dr. Maxwell Cooper (Ardie) of Sequim, WA, and Paula Rubio (Philip) of Durham, NC, 5 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and all her siblings.  
Lucille will be greatly missed by her family and friends.   She will be remembered for her enduring faith in Jehovah, and for her deep and enthusiastic love of life, family, learning, teaching, and the beauty of the earth and its inhabitants.  And she will be remembered for her hats which she wore so well.   
A family memorial service will be held at a later date in Osceola, Missouri where her remains will be taken to rest with those of her parents and five of her siblings at the Shiloh Cemetery near their former home. 
Lucille’s family expresses appreciation to our dear friend in La Grande for her watchful love, to the caregivers and Hospice volunteers and social workers and other visitors and friends who made Lucille’s last years and days brighter and more comfortable.

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