Bessie Gilbert Cooper
Bessie Gilbert Cooper, 84, of Mt. Vernon died
6:06 a.m. Nov. 6, 2004, at St. Mary's Good Samaritan
Hospital in Mt. Vernon.
She was a nurse's aide at Mt. Vernon T.B. Hospital
and also for Hickory Grove Nursing Home.
Mrs. Cooper was born Sept. 5, 1920, in Bonnie to
Nathan and Susan (Beaty) Parr. She first married
Neal Gilbert Dec. 18, 1936, in St. Louis; he died
May 29, 1967. She then married Chester Cooper
Aug. 12, 1972, in Mt. Vernon; he died in April of 2004.
Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday at
Bethel Memorial Cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Montgomery
will officiate. Those attending the service are asked
to go directly to the cemetery on Tuesday afternoon.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Hughey
Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.
Mrs. Cooper is survived by daughters Mary Lou Williams
and husband Terrance of Garden Grove, Calif., and Kay Clary
of Mt. Vernon; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren;
a stepson, Edmond Cooper of Mt. Vernon; a stepdaughter, Janette
Faseno of Wood River; three stepgrandchildren; 2 stepgreat-
grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; a
daughter, Betty Gilbert Weems; five brothers; two sisters;
and a son-in-law, Richard Clary.
Mrs. Cooper was a member of South Side Baptist Church and
Varnell Rebekah Lodge 296.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to the donor's
choice and will be accepted at the funeral home or may be
mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon,
IL 62864. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of
Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call 242-3348 for obituary
information at any time.
Date: 10 Nov 2004
Source: Register-News, Mt Vernon IL
Submitted by: Robert W. Loman