Diane Marie Cooper

June 21, 1955May 3, 2021

Diane Marie Loiselle Cooper, 65, passed away on Monday, May 3, 2021.

She was born in Biloxi, MS, but as an Air Force brat & then spouse, she lived throughout the US as well as Japan & Norway, before settling with her family in Hampton, VA for the past 34 years.

Diane retired from the Postal Service after 22 years, worked at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Library for many years and was a proud mother, sister, daughter, wife, baker, librarian, listener, and lover of all things purple.

Diane is preceded in death by her daughter, Janelle Cooper; mother, Phyllis Kearney; and father, Gordon Loiselle. She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Gary Cooper; sons, Jason Cooper and Jeremy Cooper; grandchildren, Peter, Michael, Liam, and Chase; brothers, Sam Loiselle, John Loiselle; sisters, Linda Loiselle-Kampa, and Yvonne "Ducky" Loiselle Hyatt.

There will be a Celebration of Life at 12:00 PM on Friday, May 7, 2021 at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA, 23666. The service will be livestreamed on Parklawn-Wood's Facebook Page.

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.


  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, May 7, 2021


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Ronald Robinson

May 8, 2021

So sorry to hear of Diane's passing. I have fond memories of her
from Japan (Yokota AFB) many years ago. We worked at the Top-5 Club together and most likely ran into each other at school at JHS.

Just recently reconnected with her through a mutual friend, Marilynn Swanger, and the JHS website. I was so hopeful to get to see her again sometime. It wasn't meant to be.

May God graciously lift and carry all of her family, loved ones, and friends through this difficult time of loss. She was loved and will be missed!

Luz Bemboom

May 6, 2021

Diane, my husband Bruce and I sat next to each other when she worked at the TACS Help Desk in Eagan, MN. She was very kind to both Bruce and me . Bruce and Diane were born on the same year but Bruce is a month older. She loves flowers, butterflies and the color Purple. We used to tell each all the treasures we each found at Goodwill. I inherited a lot of her flower vases including a mirror with a small butterfly from her desk. I was so sad when she moved back home. I used to bring her flowers from my garden and lunch when I made something special. She left me a card with her address on it but I lost it.
Our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers for her family during this difficult time.

Charla Brouwer

May 5, 2021

I worked with Diane for three and a half years while she was in the Twin Cities. She told many stories of her family, her time in Japan and Scandinavia. Of course she had LOTS of butterflies and even more PURPLE at her desk. We missed her when she retired and moved back to Virginia. Heartfelt condolences to Gary and Ducky and the rest of the family.

Janette Sloper

May 5, 2021

I will never forget sitting and singing Carole King songs with Diane. Her positivity and exuberance for life was absolutely infectious. She never failed to make me smile.

Pam Parsons Callan

May 5, 2021

Diane was a close friend in high school and after when our sons were born. A gentle spirit, and a sweet lady. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Marilynn Swanger

May 4, 2021

Diane and I were best friends while our families lived in Japan during our high school years. Throughout the years we have shared our lives with her marriage and the births of her children and my marriage, career and many moves as well. We have been friends for 50 years and she will be sadly missed.