Marion A. Cooper
Apr. 20, 1926 - Aug. 15, 2013
Resident of Orinda
Marion Alice Cooper, 87, entered into Heaven with her family by her side. Her youthful personality, charm, sharp wit and humor will be missed by us all.
Marion was born in Orland, California and was raised by her father Carlton Haviland and her stepmother Peggy. Her best friends were her sisters, Joan and Barbara, and her brother, Perry. Marion graduated from Oakland High in Jan. 1944 as class valedictorian. She was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority while studying at U.C. Berkeley, where she graduated with a B.A. in Zoology in 1950. Before graduating college, she took time off school to work at the Oakland Supply Depot to help in the WWII
war effort. After the war, she met Bill Cooper on campus and on their first date she helped change his car's flat tire. They married in 1951 and were married over 61 years.
Following graduation, Marion worked at the Crocker-Anglo Bank in Oakland. Soon after, her sons Bill and Ken were born, who were great sources of joy in her life. When the boys were older, she worked for 25 years at H.C. Capwells in Walnut Creek. In her retirement, she was a docent at the Lawrence Hall of Science for 10 years.
Marion was a Scout mom for many years for Boy Scout Troop 237, and her favorite pastimes were gardening, knitting, playing dominoes, and solving Sudoku and crossword puzzles. Marion and Bill traveled throughout their marriage, including many hiking/ camping trips in the California Sierras, trips to Hawaii, Asia, and abroad. Marion and her husband Bill joined St. Anselm's Episcopal Church, where she served on the Altar Guild.
Marion, nicknamed "Dinny," leaves behind a legacy of love to us all. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Joan Warren, and her son Bill. She is survived by her husband, William E. Cooper, son Ken Cooper and wife Carol, sister Barbara Stolz, brother Perry A. Haviland, sister-in-law Marilyn Cooper Hale and husband Tom, and daughter-in-law Judy Cooper. She also leaves behind grandchildren Tracy Vidal, Grant Cooper, Kevin Cooper, and Scott Cooper, and great-grandchildren Thomas and Cooper Vidal.
A service to honor her life will be at 2pm, August 31, 2013, at St. Anselm's Episcopal Church, 682 Michael Lane, Lafayette, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Multiple Myeloma Foundation, the Lawrence Hall of Science at Berkeley, or the BSA Mt. Diablo Silverado Council in her name.