A Tribute To Florence Cooper
May 13, 1926 – August 23, 2010
There are few words in the English language that are as beautiful as the word mother. My mom demonstrated in every way the definition of this word. She was a Christian, first and foremost, a loving wife, mother of nine children, grandmother of 24, and great grandmother of 38. Faithfulness to God was demonstrated by the life she lived and her love for the church, by being a servant of Christ. Mom was devoted in all areas of life. Truly, she was a virtuous wife and mother, and her worth was far above rubies. (Proverbs 31:10)
From the time I was old enough to remember, Mom always demonstrated her love for family. She was influenced greatly by her mother and father and spoke of them often and how much she missed them after they passed from this life. Her parents were great singers and were devoted to God and His Word. During her last weeks of life, she wanted to be with her “mama” and her “papa.”
My dad, Denver, being a preacher, was away from home days and weeks at a time. So, it was up to Mom to take care of the children and household. (Proverbs 31:15) Mom loved our dad and supported him in all his endeavors. Whether it was curing hams, hauling coal, building church buildings, or repairing cars, she was always helpful and sacrificial. On March 25 of this year, they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
During her life, she was hospitable and truly did entertain strangers. (Proverbs 31:20) On many occasions, I remember her preparing a table of food for strangers that had come to the door needing help. She would often invite them in to eat with us. In later years, she was concerned about and often provided the “preacher boys” with snacks, lunch, and especially desserts during school hours at the West Virginia School of Preaching in Moundsville.
I can still hear her beautiful alto voice. Coming from a singing family, she loved to sing songs of praise to God. During the last months of her life, even though she was nearing the last stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, it was not uncommon for her to sing every word of various songs without even looking at a songbook.
Mom taught my brothers, sisters, and me by the way that she lived. She taught us a myriad of things to help us through life. (Proverbs 31:26) During my high school years, when I was having difficulty at school, I knew that Mom would be at home to give me wise counsel and advice for the things troubling me. She had just the right words and encouragement to go along with it.
It can truly be said that we can rise up and call her blessed. (Proverbs 31:28) My family and I want to offer our thanks to all who came to the calling hours and funeral. We appreciate the sympathy cards and all the words of encouragement, strength, and love shown to us during this difficult time. -1036 Greenland Circle, So. Charleston, WV 25309. firstname.lastname@example.org
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