Mary Etta Cooper
Mary Etta Cooper, 90, of Southern Pines, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at St. Joseph of the Pines Health Center.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at First Baptist Church in Southern Pines, with Dr. David Helms and Benny Edwards officiating.
Family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall. Burial will follow the reception at Bethesda Cemetery.
Born July 23, 1922, in Wesser, N.C., Mrs. Cooper was the daughter of the late Thomas Patton and Martha Jane Wright. She graduated from Paw Creek High School, N.C., and Carolina Business School in Charlotte. She married Jack W. Cooper, her childhood sweetheart, on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1944. They celebrated 67 years of marriage prior to his passing on August 28, 2011.
In 1980, Mrs. Cooper retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior, in Washington, D.C. Previously, she was employed with other government agencies, including Veterans Administration, U.S. Army Signal Corps and the U.S. Air Force. Mrs. Cooper was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Southern Pines.
Surviving are her three daughters, Terry and husband, Scott Broadbent, of Woodbridge, Va., Carol and husband, Keir Careccio, of Santa Fe, N.M., Denise and husband, Jon Waters, of Stafford, Va.; four grandchildren, Jessica Delk and Justin Broadbent, Zack and Colt Waters; great-grandchildren, Burnley and Cooper Delk. In addition, many nieces and nephews survive.
Mrs. Cooper was preceded in death by six sisters and four brothers.
Memorials may be made to Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina Inc., P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361; to First Baptist Church, 200 E. New York Ave., Southern Pines, NC 28387; or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215.
Online condolences may be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com.
Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines is serving the family.