Grace Cooper

Grace Cooper

December 19, 2018
Grace Cooper passed away quietly on the morning of December 19, 2018. Her body given into the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Grace was born in a tiny log cabin in the year 1926 in the town of Giscome in northern British Columbia. When she was 11 her family moved to Vancouver so her mother could be closer to medical care.

Grace graduated from Kitsilano High School, her grades were good enough for university, but WW II was going on. She went to work in a box factory making containers to ship weapons to Europe and the Pacific. It was here that she met her husband, Gordon Cooper. They were engaged and waited until after the war to be married. By 1950 they had built a house and their first child Alec arrived in 1952. A second son Gary was born in 1961. Grace spent the rest of her life at home raising her children. During these years she took up embroidery work as a hobby; she became vey adept, with several of her works ending up in the hands of bishops and archbishops in England as well as ministers here in Canada.

In the 1990’s Grace baby sat her grandchildren and then when her oldest son took early retirement and declared he was moving to the Salmon Arm area she begged to come along. They found a home in Sunnybrae and settled in.

In 2013 Grace was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She moved into Hillside care home and lived there until she passed.

There will be no service, however Grace requested that contributions could be made in her memory to “Embroiderers’ Association of Canada”.

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