Lucille (Woods) Cooper was born on November 14, 1929, to Hamilton and Virginia Woods in Roganville, Texas.
In Roganville, Lucille grew up and attended school in a building built and donated by her uncle who was also the school’s headmaster. She was an academic scholar, avid reader, and played point guard on the girl's basketball team. She went on to continue her education at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She graduated with a certificate in occupational nursing and began her nursing career at Baptist Hospital. She was later recruited by Beaumont State Center for Human Development Mental Health Mental Retardation (MHMR) as an inpatient nursing supervisor. She served there for 20 years.
Lucille met her husband of 60 years, John Henry Cooper, at a social gathering in Jasper, Texas. They were married in 1949 and later moved to Beaumont, Texas. Together, they became faithful members of Scott Olive Missionary Baptist Church where Lucille served as a deaconess, missionary, and choir member. She was also an Eastern Star. Lucille and John were blessed with seven children during their time together.
She was well-rounded and had many talents. An excellent seamstress, she made clothing for her children and their schoolteachers, church members, and various ladies in her community. She also enjoyed gardening, loved ice cream, and was an exceptional cook. German chocolate cake was her signature dessert.
Lucille transitioned home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 29, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Cooper; parents, Hamilton and Virginia Woods; brothers, Hamilton and Warren; and sisters - Susie Pearl, Ruby, and Charlene.
Her legacy of dedication and service to God and others will continue to be an inspiration to all those she loved and who loved her. She is survived by her children - Betty Fullenweider, Florence McKinney, Charles (Jackie) Cooper, Patricia (Cedric) Singleterry, Rick (Angela) Cooper, Carlton (Wanda) Cooper, and Darrell Cooper. She also leaves behind 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
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