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Waltrip Funeral Directors

1415 Campbell Road, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Marie Weynand Koch Cooper

December 8, 1924July 21, 2019
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Marie Cornelia was born December 8, 1924, the fourth daughter of Edward A. and Gertrude Weynand. Marie’s early years were spent growing up on the Weynand Homestead nine miles north of D’Hanis, Texas. She lived on the farm with her grand parents, parents, three sisters and one brother in the house built by her grandfather. Living was simple for the family as lighting was hand carried kerosene lanterns. As technology improved, the oil lanterns were put away and the house was wired for Delco battery operated lighting. Then in later years, the home was converted to electricity.

The family would often visit relatives in other cities such as San Angelo, Amarillo and Oklahoma. Most trips were uneventful but one when she was six years old proved to be a little more exciting. Their car, a Duran, broke down with a water hose break. Her father engineered the repairs but when starting out again a heavy rainstorm caused even more delays since they had to negotiate the muddy roads. “In our moment of uncertainty our daddy made us feel secure and we always arrived home safely.”

Marie attended the new 2-room Seco School, which was two miles from her home. School time was always a favorite. The kids had fun playing softball, swinging, seesawing and playing many other games as red rover and ante-over as well as others. She remembers attending the PTA meetings with her parents and seeing the other families there too. The teachers always had a program for the students to participate in for the parents. After finishing the ninth grade, the highest-grade level taught at that school, she transferred to D’Hanis High School for the remainder of her schooling.

After graduating high school in 1942, Marie moved to San Antonio and attended Alamo Business School. With this training, her first job was working as a stenographer for several doctors at the San Antonio Hospital. A few years later, she worked for the Veterans Administration’s legal department. During this time she renewed her acquaintance with Edward James Koch and they married on May 7, 1949. They lived in San Antonio. On April 16, 1952, Edward Koch died tragically in an accident while working for the San Antonio Power Company. Marie returned to work for the next six years as a legal secretary for a trial attorney and his son, who later became the District Attorney for Bexar County. During this time, she attended night classes at San Antonio Junior College planning to complete her studies and obtain a degree. She moved to Houston in 1960 with a friend. She worked for the Brazos Oil and Gas Company, a division of Dow Chemical, for a few years. Marie married for the second time in January 1963 to David V. Cooper (1924-1982), a widower and father of David Mark. A daughter was born to them on October 2, 1963, Diana Marie. One year later Marie went to work as a legal secretary for Vinson and Elkins, working from 1964 until retirement in 1987.

She was a founding member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. Served as President of the women’s guild, member of senior club and member with the needlepoint group for one night a week for 16 years, successfully completing the Station of the Cross mural displayed in the sanctuary. Former President and member of Archdiocesan Council Catholic Women (ACCW) Northwest Deanery. St Jerome’s Senior Adult Club. Wellsprings Village Guild. Member of the Royal Oaks Garden Club.

Marie lived the American dream. She grew up in the country of a small Texas town. She worked on the farm alongside her parents and siblings helping in the fields and with the livestock. Even though there were many chores to do on the farm, there were rewards by eating the fresh sweet corn, watermelon, cantaloupe and the vegetables. Her grandfather would take her on horseback to ride the fence lines looking for areas to repair and checking on the cattle and sheep. Marie would help her grandfather with penning up the sheep, doctoring the little calves and milking the cows. She was rewarded with a lamb that her grandfather picked out and from this early experience was taught the value of ownership and the result that came from it. Knowing there was more then the country life and realizing education would open up many opportunities, she moved to the big city of San Antonio. She met many lifelong friends, was exposed to the political world in the capital of Austin, and then an adventure to Houston led to a twenty-three year career with one of the largest law firms in the nation. The rewards of all the years’ experiences and hard work allowed Marie to enjoy retirement by traveling the world -- a week away from the protest in Tiananmen Square, walking the great wall of China, kissing the blarney stone, a helicopter ride over the glaciers, walking in the footsteps of St. Paul, enjoying the black sands of a tropical beach and many other memorable places. Even though there were many challenges nothing changed her spirit of adventure and desire to see what is just around the next corner.

Marie passed away July 21, 2019 in Houston, Texas due to complication of a stroke. She was proceeded in death by her parents, Edward A. and Gertrude, first husband Edward J. Koch and second husband David V. Cooper, sisters, Bertha Kruse, Gertrude Byrd, Catherine Gass and brother, Edward J. Weynand. She is survived by her daughter Diana M. Cooper of Houston and stepson, D. Mark Cooper and wife, Pamela, her step- grandchildren Colton and Peyton Cooper of Dallas, sister-in-law, Elaine Koch, brother-in-law, Oscar Gass and many nieces and nephews.

Thank you to all the family and neighbors that have offered their continued support. Thank you to Pin Oak Caregivers for caring for Marie this last year - Margaret, Betty and Rosanna, you are the best.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Mark Cooper
  • Charles Byrd
  • Kenneth Koch
  • Robert Petter, Jr.
  • Ken Kleypas
  • Matt Steinger

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, July 27, 2019
  • Funeral Liturgy Saturday, July 27, 2019

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Frances Scott

July 25, 2019

So sorry to hear of Marie's passing. Such a nice lady!

Dee Adams

July 24, 2019

Remembering with fondness the special
day Marie took all us seniors downtown
to visit.

Plus being at her 90th Birthday party.

My thoughts and prayers are with you
Diana.

Always,
Dee Adams

Beverly Breaux

July 22, 2019

Dear, Dear Diana,
Deepest Sympathy, to you and all your family, upon the passing of
your dear mother, Marie Cornelia (Weynand) Cooper.
She was an impressive, regal lady.
You both contributed greatly to the establishment and growth of
our Royal Oaks Civic Association and will always be
remembered and appreciated for all your efforts and
accomplishments.
Marie was so very blessed to have your loving care.
Love in Christ,
Beverly L. Breaux 7-22-19

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D'Hanis Home

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Pep Squad

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First Sheep from Grandfather

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Family with Mother, brother, sisters and brother-in-law

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Weynand siblings

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Marriage to Edward Koch

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D'Hanis Home

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Pep Squad

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First Sheep from Grandfather

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Family with Mother, brother, sisters and brother-in-law

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Weynand siblings

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Marriage to Edward Koch

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Marie during her early career

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Marie in Houston - 1960

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Marriage to David V. Cooper