Patricia Ann Allison Cooper|
Oct. 19, 1929-Mar. 31, 2014
Resident Of San Jose
Patricia Ann Allison Cooper, beloved wife, mother and friend, and servant of God, went home to be with the Lord, and with her husband of 51 years, Herbert Morgan Cooper, on March 31, 2014. She was 84. Patricia died peacefully in her sleep from complications of Parkinson's disease. She embraced life with vigor and despite the physical challenges of Parkinson's, she awoke each day and lived by the motto "Get Up and Go!". Patricia was a consummate hostess whose energy, hospitality, sense of humor, and generous spirit will be deeply missed by her family, members of her Church, the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County, the De Oro Club, and the community.
Patricia was the oldest daughter of Daniel Wayne Allison and Agnes Marguerite Durant Allison. She was born on October 19, 1929, in Davenport, Iowa. She was raised during the great depression. Patricia's grandfather and grandmother lived with her family, creating a strong sense of family and frugality, coupled with generosity and hospitality which lasted throughout her life.
Patricia was a teenager in Long Beach, California when her father was called to active duty in the Army following Pearl Harbor. After the war, Patricia's family moved to the Augusta Arsenal in Georgia, where her father was the Executive Officer. Following that assignment, they lived in Kapicia, Greece for two years, where the guerrilla fighting had just ended. Patricia attended the American Women's College in Athens. While working as a secretary in the Army finance department, Patricia met the love of her life, Herbert, who was serving as a young lieutenant under Colonel Allison, Patricia's father. After a long courtship, Herb proposed to Patricia on the steps of the Parthenon.
Returning from Greece, Herb and Pat were married at the Mercer College Chapel in 1950. Patricia attended Mercer prior to graduating from the University of Georgia in 1952 with a degree in business administration. Soon after graduating, Patricia and Herb moved to College Park, Maryland. There Patricia welcomed daughter Pamela Marguerite and son Michael. Patricia was a devoted mother who encouraged her children and grandchildren to strive for excellence and remain humble before God.
Patricia completed her Master's in Education at the University of Maryland in 1960, just before her young family moved to San Jose, California. Patricia returned to school for her Masters of Library Science and an Administration certificate from San Jose State University. For more than 20 years Patricia taught and shared her love of learning in various schools within the Santa Clara Unified School District.
Herb and Pat were active members of West Valley Presbyterian Church in Cupertino for nearly 35 years. There they developed lasting friendships and shared both the joys and sorrows of life as they supported one another. Patricia's love of gardening and flowers was evident over the years in floral arrangements that she created for Sunday services. As a Master Gardener, she especially enjoyed volunteering for the group's hotline, answering questions for aspiring gardeners. A trip to Israel in 2008 was a highlight for Patricia, visiting the earthy Jerusalem as she prepared to go to the heavenly Jerusalem. True to her adventurous spirit, for her 80th birthday Patricia celebrated by skydiving - jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.
Patricia is survived by her daughter Pamela Burns (Emmons) of Livermore, son Michael Cooper (Amy) of Novato, sister Andrea Allen (Charles) of Missoula Montana, brother Daniel Lew Allison (Susan) of Oregon, and grandchildren Lindsey Marguerite, Peter William, Sarah Elizabeth, Stephen James, and Jonathan Patrick.
A celebration service to honor Patricia will be held on Saturday 12 April at 1:30pm at West Valley Presbyterian Church, 6191 Bollinger Road, Cupertino, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to West Valley Presbyterian Church or International Justice Mission.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Apr. 9, 2014