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Tulalip Elder Donna Jean Cooper, 75, went to her Creator on Sunday, July 1, 2012, surrounded by the love of her family.
Donna Jean Cooper
Donna was born December 15, 1936 at Tulalip Indian Hospital and lived most of her life in the Tulalip area.
Donna fought a long battle with diabetes with great strength, spirit and bravery. We thank her son, Wayne, for giving her one of his kidneys in 1997 and the rest of us 15 more years of love and memories.
She had many careers working for the Tulalip Tribes. She treasured being a mother and grandmother. Her hobbies included crafts, bowling and playing a slot machine or two.
Donna was a proud Native woman. She didn't mince words. She made do with what she had and could create something from nothing!
She developed deep friendships and made people feel loved. Her home during the holidays was filled with laughter, dancing, fun, food and family.
She is survived by her children, Nilah and John Devaney, Mark Henry Mann, Joseph Henry, Linda Henry, Wayne Gonzales, Steve Henry, Diane Henry, Sherri and Kyrai Parker; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers; Loretta James, Annette Napeahi, Virginia (Ginny) and Wayne Bill; Mary Jo James, Lila Henry; Leroy Henry, III, Woodworth Henry and Eugene Henry.
Preceding her in death are husband, Porter Cooper; mother, Lottie Sampson; father, Leroy Peter Henry, Jr.; brothers, Oliver Henry, Patrick Henry, Morris Henry, Duane Henry, Hanford Henry; sisters Betty Henry and Patricia Henry; grandchildren, Mylo Harvey, twins Anna and Tiffany Gonzales.
Funeral services include viewing at Schaefer-Shipman, Marysville, Washington, Friday, July 6, between 1 to 2 p.m. Reception dinner and Interfaith ceremony by Father Pat Twohy, starting 4:30 p.m. Funeral 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Tulalip Gym.
Published in The Herald (Everett) on July 6, 2012