Christine M Cooley

August 26, 1931March 25, 2012


Christine Marie (Rea) Cooley of Colorado City, Texas went home to be with her Lord on March 25, 2012 at the age of 80. She was born to John Arther and Della (Gardner) Rea on August 26, 1931 at Zack Ridge Community near Marshall, Arkansas. After losing her mother as an infant she was raised by her grandmother and uncle. She attended Zack Ridge Country School and graduated from there in 1949. She married Clyde L. Cooley in Clinton, Arkansas, on March 25, 1949. They moved to Burkburnett, Texas in 1952 and then to Colorado City in 1959. Coming to Colorado City she worked in various jobs, as a waitress at the Baker Hotel, a seamstress at the Walls Clothing Factory and as the CISD Cafeteria Director, when she retired in 1994. She was active in her community which included Business Professional Women’s Club for 30 years, Mitchell County Retired Teachers Association, and Mitchell County Hospital Auxiliary. She was named BPW Woman of the Year at the local and district levels. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Colorado City, and served as a Sunday School teacher and other various committees. She loved cooking, sewing, bowling, traveling, and watching sports, but her greatest love was her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Wilhelmina (Minnie) E Atteberry, uncle Lawrence Gardner, brother Leroy Rea and her parents. She is survived by her son, Leon and Marlene Cooley of Albuquerque, New Mexico, three daughters, Mary Lou and Bill Helton of Odessa, Texas, Connie and Kyle Baker, and Penny and Scott Gassiot of Colorado City, Texas; her grand-children, Wendy and Tim Cook, Keira and Jason Gilbert, Amber Cooley, Kevin and Jessica Cooley, Allen and Stacy Cooley, Elizabeth and Ryan Sikes, Micah and Mindy Brannan, Genece Brannan and Michael Fontenot, and Aimee Gassiot, and sixteen great grandchildren. She was loved very much and will be greatly missed. Funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church in Colorado City, Texas on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. with Dr. Jerry Shields presiding. Burial will follow in the Colorado City Cemetery under the direction of Kiker Seale Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mitchell County Hospital Auxiliary or First Baptist Church Save the Windows Campaign.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 31, 2012

Christine M Cooley

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April 1, 2012

So sorry for the lost of Christine. She was a special friend and I have many good memories of traveling together and our years of bowling together. I'm sorry I couldn't be there but please know the family is in my prayers.


Betty Clayton

March 31, 2012

You are in my prayers today.

March 29, 2012

So sorry to hear of your loss, but God will love you through it and you have such wonderful memories of her to cherish. She was such a caring and positive lady. Our prayers are with you. God bless.......
Mark and Donna Cook (Fort Worth, TX)

March 28, 2012

May the Lord Jesus comfort the family, she must have been as special as her daughter Mary Lou.
Lila Waters, SSA Lubbock

March 28, 2012

Our deepest sympathy to all the family...I knew Christine at work (school) and at church. She was a special lady.. God Bless you!
Willis & Louise Taylor, Stephenville

Paula Duncan

March 27, 2012

I had the privilege of knowing Ms. Cooley while she was the CISD cafeteria director. She was a great lady and will be missed. So sorry for your loss.

Patsy Ritchey

March 27, 2012

Our deepest sympathy to all of you. May God bless you, and wrap you all in his arms. Love to all, Bim and Patsy Ritchey

Randy & Connie Chambers family

March 26, 2012

Our sincerest sympathy to Christine's family. We know that she will be missed! May our Lord bless you each with His peace and love during this time.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.