Mary Cooper Saia

June 29, 1949 - September 5, 2023
Mary Cooper Saia

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Mary Cooper Saia, 74, of Little River, SC, passed away September 05, 2023, with her family by her side.

She was born to the late Benjamin and Mildred Cooper, June 29th, 1949 in Roanoke, Virginia.

She is survived by her son, Ryan Saia, daughter-in-law Sheila Saia of Crown Point, Indiana. Her daughter, Whitney Booger, son-in-law Leif Booger of Raleigh, NC. She was blessed with 4 granddaughters and 3 grandsons, Hailey Bournazos, Sloane Saia, Preston Saia, Reese Booger, Porter Booger, Coda Booger and Hudsen Booger. She is survived by her sister Barbara Mays of Wilmington, NC, brother Alan Cooper of Baton Rouge, LA, Her special Niece Nancy Bentley of Wilmington, NC and many other nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

She is preceded in death by her brothers Thomas Cooper and Jerry Cooper. Mary was a devoted mother, memaw, and friend. She was always supportive of her children’s activities. You could find her in the stands at every basketball, baseball and cheerleading event. She loved living at the beach and dancing to her beach music. Her favorite times were to be surrounded by her family and friends making memories. Everyone who knew her, loved her.

A celebration of life will be held 11:00 AM Monday, September 11,2023 at Freedom Baptist Church, Wilmington, NC officiated by Pastor Dodd Mays, her nephew.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Freedom Baptist Church, North College Road, 802 North College Road Wilmington, NC 28505.

In the meantime, please join us in expressing your condolences and sharing your cherished memories by visiting our website

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, located at 1535 South 14th Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. The funeral home can be reached at 910-791-9099.

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  • September 20, 2023
    Wanda Faircloth says:
    With sympathy, Wanda Faircloth

  • September 08, 2023
    Steve Royals says:
    I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Mary. I have fond memories growing up with Ryan and Whitney. Mary was so fun to be around and always was a lot of laughs. Sending thoughts and prayers for your family.

  • September 08, 2023
    Lori (Noell) Kingsbury says:
    My name is Lori (Noell) Kingsbury. My Grandmother was Dorothy Wheeler. I have such fond memories of Aunt Mildred (Moo) coming to visit Granny and Aunt Katherine (Kate). There's not enough time to write down the stories and fond memories of Aunt Moo coming to visit. One of Aunt Moo's children, which would be Mary Ann from time to time, would pick her up and take her to her back home. Mary Ann would share in those good times and visits with all of us. Those were such good times. The Hill Family Reunions: Who doesn't remember those?? That is when Great Grandma, Maude was alive. Maude had many children. Aunt Moo, Kate, and Dorothy all were sisters that were very close. That's our connection. Family. That IS the connection. When I saw the picture of Mary Ann it brought back all those good memories of her and her family. Yes, it's true, Mary Ann loved her kids and loved the beach. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you right now. We know what a gem that lady was and I know you'll miss her terribly. So will we. Sending love and light to you.