Mary Ruth Cooper

September 28, 1926 - January 12, 2017
Mary Ruth Cooper


Mary Ruth Cooper age 90 of Wilmington passed away Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter.

Mary Ruth was born on September 28, 1926 in Rockingham County, NC to James Hassell Sheppard and Georgia Martin Shepparrd.

She is survived by two sons, William Dean Cooper and James Everette Cooper (Kim); one daughter, Elizabeth Newlon;and brother James William Sheppard. She is also survived by her 5 grandchilderen, Hassel, Katy, Hailey, Connor and Adrienne. Mary Ruth was the widow of Wilbur Grady Cooper.

Mary Ruth was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where she served on the Alter Guild for many years in addition to serving in many other capacities of the church. She was an avid music lover and was a charter member of the Cape Fear Jazz Society and the NC Jazz Festival where she served on the Board of Directors for 20 years. She was an active member of the Wilmington Womens Club for a number of years where she served as Treasurer as well as other committees. She was a longtime member of Eastern Star, Daughters of the Revolution, and served on the NC Azalea Festival Committee for 20 years.

A memorial service will be held 2 pm Saturday, January 14, 2017 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 N. 16th St., Wilmington, NC 28401.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremamation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-9099.


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