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OIL CITY, Pa. -- Sarah G. (Sally) Cooper, 103, of Crestview Apts. in Oil City died Tuesday, March 27, 2007, at the Oil City Presbyterian Home where she had been a resident for just over a month.

Born in Sayre, Pa., on Dec. 16, 1903, she was the daughter of the late John and Jennie Robinson Grimley.

A graduate of Athens High School in Athens, Pa., she went on to receive her bachelors degree from Syracuse University in 1928 and her masters degree in 1936 from New York University.

Mrs. Cooper taught elementary school for three years in Sayre then taught Latin for 13 years at Sewanhaka High School, Floral Park, Long Island where she stayed as a substitute teacher for many years.

She was married to Leon C. Cooper in Sayre in 1931 and he preceded her in death in 1978.

Mrs. Cooper moved to Floral Park, Long Island, with her husband shortly after her marriage and stayed there for 33 years. She and her husband, after retiring, relocated to Bennington, Vt. Upon the death of her husband she moved to Oil City.

An avid reader, her favorite place to be was the library. She enjoyed crossword puzzles in the New York Times and playing Bridge.

She had been a Gray Lady at the local hospital while living in Bennington and had worked in the thrift shop there for many years.

Mrs. Cooper had also volunteered at the Oil City hospital where she was a hostess and a gift cart volunteer.

Mrs. Cooper was of the Methodist faith.

She had been a member of the Beta Zeta Chapter of Phi Mu Sorority, Phi Kappa Phi and Theta Chi Beta Honorary Fraternities, a member of the Belles Lettres Club in Oil City, the American Red Cross, The Nature Conservancy, AARP, Friends of the Library and the YWCA.

She is survived by one daughter Mrs. John (Cynthia) Bracken of Oil City, Pa.

Their will be no viewing or visitation. Private committal services will take place at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Park Lawn Cemetery in Vermont.

Memorials may be made to the Oil City Library or to the Visiting Nurses Association. The Reinsel Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.reinselfuneralhome.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 28, 2007
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