Nancy S. Cooper
DALTON - Nancy S. Cooper of 30 Cliff St. passed away peacefully in the presence of her children at her home Saturday evening. Formerly residing at 404 Old Windsor Rd, she was born in Pittsfield on April 21, 1935, the daughter of Lt. Col. Alexander Smith and Dorothy Morris Smith.
Nancy was predeceased by her husband Richard K. Cooper, on October 18, 2008 and her brother Sgt. Maj. David A. Smith in 1999.
She was a graduate of Dalton High School, class of 1952 and Henry W. Bishop III Memorial School of Nursing, class of 1955.
Nancy is survived by her six children: Melissa Brinkman Rogers and her husband David of Westfield, New Jersey, Keith Cooper of Pittsfield, Brian Cooper and his wife Meredydd of Hinsdale, Jennifer Archer and her husband Allen of Hillsdale, New York, Christopher Cooper and his wife Katja of Colchester, Vermont. and Evelyn Cooper of Seaford, Virginia, as well as her four granddaughters Kayla Cooper of Adams, Jennifer and Christine Rogers of Westfield, New Jersey and Annika Cooper of Colchester, Vermont.
Nancy was certified as a Master Gardener. She enjoyed growing flowers, houseplants, and vegetables. She also enjoyed handwork including knitting, embroidery and sewing. At their farm on Old Windsor Road, Nancy and her family raised cows, sheep, chickens, and pigs and cultivated a large vegetable garden. Nancy and Richard supported activities in 4H, Boy Scouts and Campfire Girls.
Nancy retired in 1997 from Berkshire Medical Center where she was employed as a Registered Nurse for twenty years.
A longtime member of Grace Episcopal Church, she served on the vestry, supported the Annual Craft Shoppe as a member of the crafting group and provided support for countless dinners through baking pies and food preparation.
Nancy and her husband also actively participated in Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, and enjoyed volunteering at the Josh Billings Runaground.
Nancy loved and was loved by many and will be sorely missed.
FUNERAL NOTICE: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Henry W. Bishop III Memorial School of Nursing Alumnae Association Scholarship, Hospice of the Berkshires, or the Grace Church fuel fund in care of Bartlett-Wellington Funeral Home.
The Liturgy of Christian Burial and Eucharist will be celebrated by the Reverend Daina Salnitis at noon on Wednesday, December 5, at Grace Episcopal Church, 791 Main St, Dalton. The church will be open for family to receive visitors from 10:30 to noon.