Sullivan County Democrat
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January 22, 2010 Issue
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Rhoda Cooper, 88

Rhoda Cooper, 88, passed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at Willow Springs Care in Yakima, WA.
Rhoda was born January 20, 1921 to Hugh McKee and Emily Louisa Luke in Clydebank, Scotland.
After coming to the United States at the age of 3, Rhoda was raised in Hempstead, New York, where she met and married Walter Cooper on August 30, 1941. They moved to Lindenhurst, NY, in 1952 where they raised their family.
Rhoda was a career woman who worked for J&A Young and Colony Swimsuits in Farmingale, NY, retiring in 1980 as Office Manager. She loved the water, spending many seasons boating and traveling the waterways of the Great South Bay off NY’s Long Island. After retiring Rhoda and Walter traveled the United States visiting many of our country’s beautiful National Parks and enjoying Nature’s wonders. They later moved to Mountaindale in upstate NY and were immediately embraced by the community and made many wonderful friends. Rhoda was loved for her interest in, and caring nature to others, and her quick wit and sense of humor.
As members of the Woodridge Methodist Church, they volunteered many hours of service while Rhoda held the position of Treasurer.
After Walter’s death on February 11, 2005, Rhoda became ill and moved to Yakima, WA to live with her daughter and son-in-law until she broke her hip on June 6, 2008 and needed round the clock assistance.
Rhoda’s family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the professional, yet tender, and caring staff of Willow Springs. We could never have given Mom the wonderful constant attention she was provided at this facility. She really enjoyed all her friends and activities there. She had nothing but praise for the nursing staff to the cleaning staff but especially all the friendly and compassionate nursing assistants (NAC’s) that cared for her daily. Mom felt like she was part of a beautiful, extended family and her children will always know how much she was lovingly cared for.
Rhoda is survived by her brother, William Luke (95) of Lecanto, FL; daughter, Barbara (Greg) Martin of Yakima, WA; son, Thomas (Debra) Cooper of Seymour, TN; granddaughters, Suzanne (Chris) Paolini-Mihlfried of Pittsburgh, PA, Jennifer Paolini of Ronkonkoma, NY; grandsons, Joseph Cooper and Jared Cooper both of Knoxville, TN.
At her request, the family will have a small memorial at a later date. Keith & Keith Funeral Home in Yakima, WA are in charge of cremation arrangements.

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