Barbara S. Cooper

Posted: Friday, July 16, 2004

Juneau resident Barbara S. Cooper, 96, died July 13, 2004, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

She was born Nov. 3, 1907, in Phoenix, Ore., and adopted as an infant by her deceased mother's brother, Lawrence Sims. Raised in Los Angeles, she returned to Oregon to attend Oregon State College as a business major. She met her future husband, Bob Cooper, while attending college. After graduating in 1933, she took a legal clerk position in Washington D.C., where the couple was married in 1938. They spent their honeymoon driving in a Model T back to the West Coast.

As a U.S. Forest Service family, they lived in eastern Oregon (Baker and Pendleton), north central Washington (Tonasket and Skykomish) and southern Oregon (Klamath Falls.) She started teaching high school English classes in Klamath Falls and was a school librarian. The family moved to Juneau in 1958. She taught in area schools, primarily high school business subjects, and retired in the mid-1970s.

In 1996, she left her home on Troy Avenue in the Highlands and moved into the Juneau Pioneers' Home, where she served on the resident council.

She was involved in Little Theater in backstage production and onstage when possible, was a member of P.E.O, Delta Kappa Gamma and the Hospital Guild. As a member of the Territorial Sportsmen, she served as a float judge during the Golden North Salmon Derby for 25 years. She enjoyed traveling in the United States and abroad.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Robert Kent Cooper; sister, Mabel Irene Norsworthy; brother, Berthold Edgar Hearn; and niece, Nancy Kimball.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Loren) Wilson of Kailua, Hawaii; grandsons, Forest (Renee) Cooper, Lane (Virginia) Cooper of Portland, Ore.; granddaughters, Andrea (Mark) Farley of Wilsonville, Ore., Alyssa Wilson of Vancouver, Wash.; great-grandson William Farley; and nephews, Robert Hearn of San Bruno, Calif. and Dr. Stanley Norsworthy of Fresno, Calif.

A memorial service and celebration will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home. Internment will be in a family plot in Phoenix, Ore., near her parents, husband and son.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Barbara S. Cooper's name to Chapter D of P.E.O. Scholarship Fund, c/o President Beth Belflower, P.O. Box 210303, Auke Bay, AK 99821, or Territorial Sportsman Inc., Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 20761, Juneau, AK 99802.

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