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Marjorie Beier-Cooper

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Marjorie Virginia Smith Beier-Cooper entered into eternal rest on Sept. 1, 2005. Born in Hinsdale, Mass., she was the youngest of 10 children born to Henry and Alfretta (Hiser) Smith.

Marjorie was educated in local schools in Hinsdale and Dalton, Mass. She went on to work for the New England Telephone Company as a supervisor to help support her parents.

In 1950 she married Edward W. Beier, president of Prince and Walker, Inc., and became a homemaker. She moved from Hinsdale to Washington and eventually in 1967 to Cambridge. Marjorie took an active roll in many social groups: the New York State Extension Services, Salem Women’s Club and Farm and Garden. She was an early member of The Century Club. She was also active in several churches in Cambridge.

Marjorie loved gardening and nature and spent most of her days doing kind things for others. She gave unselfishly of her time and heart. In 1990 she married her childhood sweetheart, Philip R. Cooper, and relocated to his home in New Hartford, N.Y. With Philip she had the happiest years of her life, getting a chance to travel and spending winters on the Florida coast. She so enjoyed watching the dolphins swimming along the beaches. In 1995, it was clear that she was suffering from congestive heart failure and Philip had developed advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Marjorie spent several months in St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany and Philip had been placed in the Bennington Health and Rehabilitation Center. Marjorie recovered at her home in Cambridge, being cared for by her son David and dear friends Margaret Steen and Russell Bagley. When she could no longer be cared for at home, she entered Hoosick Falls Health Center.

Marjorie is proceeded in death by her entire family with the exception of her beloved son David.

Marjorie received excellent care from all the staff at the Hoosick Falls Health Center. She was truly grateful to all her doctors, nurses and CNA’s for all the attention she received. Her beautiful smile and sweet and gentle personality will be very missed. At her request there will be no public services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home in Bennington, Vt.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 2, 2005
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