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Fort Lincoln Funeral Home & Cemetery

3401 Bladensburg RD, Brentwood, MD

OBITUARY

Virginia L. Cooper

January 15, 1936February 11, 2020
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On Tuesday February 11, 2020, Virginia L. (Powers) Cooper formerly of Riverdale, MD, entered into eternal rest. Beloved wife of the late Clarence E. Cooper.

Beloved Mother of: Phyllis C. Williams of Jessup, MD; Gregory E. (Greg) Cooper of College Park, MD; Joseph W. (Joe) Cooper (wife Theresa) of Austin, TX; Virginia Lee (Ginny) Cooper of Silver Spring, MD; Christopher M. (Chris) Cooper (wife Kelli) of Severn, MD; and Lawrence A. (Larry) Cooper (wife Christie) of Riverdale, MD.

Grandmother (Nana) of 10: Jimmy and Brian Williams; Jessica Greenlee (Phyllis); Christa Lee (Cooper) Slavin (Greg); Michael and Andrew Cooper (Joe/Theresa); Cameron and Curtis Cooper (Chris/Kelli); Paige and Hunter Cooper (Larry/Christie)

Great Grandmother of 1: Autumn Slavin (Christa Lee/Kyle)

Survived by brother James Powers and sister Mary Pilon.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 2-4 and 6-8 at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church, 5205 43rd Ave, Hyattsville, MD 20781.

Funeral Mass at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church on Friday, Feb 21 at 10AM with interment to follow at Ft. Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood, MD 20722.

Contributions in lieu of flowers to:

Children’s Hospital of Washington, DC:

https://giving.childrensnational.org/site/Donation

Mailing address: 111 Michigan Ave, Washington, DC, 20010

OR

Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter:

https://www.alz.org/nca/donate

Mailing address: 8180 Greensboro Drive, Suite 400, McLean, VA 22102

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, February 20, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, February 21, 2020
  • Committal Service Friday, February 21, 2020

Memories

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Ginny Cooper

February 15, 2020

I was not the easiest of teenagers and we locked horns more than once. But, I loved you with all my heart. I would like to think we became the best of friends. It was an honor to be in a position to be your caregiver and companion. I give you over to the care of our God. Rest peacefully and pain free.

Roy Rohn

February 14, 2020

Virginia was a very special gift of God's
love to her family and to everyone blessed
to know her. May God bless your grief as
richly as he blessed you in her life.

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Biography

Everyone has a story; and, our Mother, Virginia L. Cooper, is no different. We share the following about the woman known as Virginia, Mom, Aunt Virginia, and Nana. By no means is this her complete story. But, here are some tidbits of info about our Mom and the life she lived:

Born Virginia L. Powers in Washington, DC at Providence Hospital. Though we knew them as Grandfather and Grandmother, her parents were John and Kathryn Powers of Washington, DC.

Virginia was Baptized Catholic in March 1936 at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Chevy Chase.

Virginia had 7 siblings: Helen, John, Jim, Mary, Henry, Jean, and Larry. We don’t know a lot about her younger years. We do know she spent a lot of time with her Uncle Buddy and Aunt Kay. (Her love for her aunt and uncle would continue into adulthood.)

Virginia attended the Academy of the Holy Cross and graduated in 1953/1954.

Shortly thereafter, Virginia met Clarence “Ed” Cooper at a roller skating rink, at a party or group “date”, and the rest, as they say, is history. Virginia and Ed were married in February 1956.

From 1957 to 1968, her children were born: Phyllis, Greg, Joe, Ginny, Chris, and Larry. Virginia was a stay at home Mom while her children were young. Guided by her Catholic faith, Virginia made sure her children received a Catholic education.

St. Bernard’s of Riverdale, MD was her home parish and it is where all of her children attended elementary school. During her children’s school years, Virginia volunteered in many ways. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother for her sons and was a supportive parent to her daughters endeavors in Girl Scouts. Many will remember her as the “lunch lady” as she volunteered as a lunch mother; and armed with her lunch bell she kept the children of St. Bernard’s in-line for many, many years. For her volunteerism, Virginia would eventually be recognized by Monsignor Gatta of St. Bernard’s for 25 years of consecutive service. Additionally, Virginia would earn the St. George Medal for her service to Catholic youth in the Scouting Program.

As her children grew older, Virginia left her lunch bell behind and began her career as a Food Service Assistant in the Prince George’s County schools in 1978. It is here that Virginia would work for the next 23 years until her retirement in 2001.

When not working or volunteering, Virginia, along with her husband, enjoyed duckpin bowling, going to the horse races, a week long vacation each year to Nags Head, North Carolina, dances at Church, and sporting events and just about any activity that involved her children (and, as time passed, the sporting events and activities of her grandchildren).

In December 2000, Virginia lost her husband after a brief battle with cancer. She retired shortly there after switching her focus from serving the children of Prince George’s County to spending her time and energy with her grandchildren. Known to them as Nana, Nana was always available to her grandchildren. Many of their friends knew her as Nana as well. Whether it’s was Scouting, sports, band, or school, Nana was there; and when she wasn’t able to be there, she would always call or ask the next time she saw them how things went.

As time slows us all, Virginia began to have various physical issues with her mobility, which required her to start using a cane. After major heart surgery in 2009, Virginia required major back surgery in 2017. But, also in that time period, first noticed by her daughter, Virginia seemed to have increasing issues with her memory. Virginia would not agree to being tested stating regularly “I’m fine”. Finally, in June 2018, Virginia agree to see a geriatric doctor; and after several tests she was diagnosed with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

With increasing physical issues, and the complications brought by the onset of the Alzheimer’s, Virginia was no longer able to receive the care she needed at home. In August 2018, Virginia was moved in to a nursing home where she could receive the around the clock care she required. After an adjustment period, Virginia began to enjoy her new surroundings. She regularly played bingo, enjoyed the music program, and participated in other activities. She was nicknamed “Trivia Queen” because she regularly got the daily trivia questions correct.

As time passed, Virginia struggled with what day of the week it was and the month and the year, and remembering who visited her last and when, but she never forgot who her children were; and more importantly to her, who her grand kids were.

Virginia loved:

- her husband
- her children
- her grandchildren more
- sitting on her porch
- her lilac bushes
- jigsaw puzzles
- word searches
- coffee in the morning
- peanut butter sandwiches
- Ruffles potato chips
- chocolate chip and E.L. Fudge cookies

Virginia passed in her sleep on the day that would have been her 64th wedding anniversary.