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Joyce N. Cooper

March 13, 2013 by

Joyce N. Cooper, 93, long-time resident of Lakeview, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2013, at a Medford Adult Foster Care Facility.

She was born to David and Bessie Gosnell Oct. 9, 1919 in Landrum, S. C.

In 1939, she traveled by herself from South Carolina on a train to Klamath Falls to join her brother Otho. She then attended Leonard Beauty School in Medford. In Lakeview, she met and married William A. Cooper on Nov. 2, 1940. They built their home and lived in Lakeview on Stockdrive for 64 years, where they raised three children.

She enjoyed gardening, raising beautiful flowers, fishing, camping, hunting and cooking. Joyce and her husband spent many long winter months hand-making quilts for family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband William; brothers Layton, Otho, Harvey and Herman Gosnell; sister Virginia.

She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law David and Betty of Vancouver, Wash. and Ernest and Jackie of Lakeview; daughter Karen Elliott of Medford; former son-in-law, Dobey Elliott ; sister Faye Westbrook of Inman, S. C.; grandchildren Janice Cowen, Kimberly Longeteig, Kevin Cooper, Teri Turner, Kenneth Elliott and Cassandra Brainerd; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be held March 16, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, 1811 Ashland St., Ashland, followed by a reception at the Chapel. She will be laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery in Ashland next to her beloved husband of 56 years.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Community Health Center, 19 Myrtle St., Medford.

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