Sylvia Gloria Cooper
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July 9, 1915 - March 22, 2013
Sylvia Gloria Cooper, wife, mother, professional sculptor, and former vice president of the Jewish Federation passed away peacefully Friday March 22, 2013 at her home in Encino, CA. She had been married to one man, renowned talent agent Frank Cooper, for nearly 75 incredible years until his passing last year.
If ever a woman exemplified a renaissance woman, Sylvia Cooper was it. She was and did everything. But above all, the five foot one spitfire of a woman was an ardent advocate for love and peace. Every Friday night, she'd light the Sabbath candles and pray for peace in our hearts and peace on earth. But Sylvia did more than pray for peace; she worked for it.
As the first female VP of the Jewish Federation, she went on 22 missions to Israel, volunteered her time for Jewish families in need, and became the voice of Jewish women everywhere.
Sylvia also had a special gift; she was a prolific artist whose work can be seen in the halls of the UCLA Medical Center, at the Skirball Cultural Center, Stephen S. Wise Temple and in homes and museums across the country. Her greatest artistic gift is undoubtedly her sculptures, which can be seen on her own personal website www.sylviacooper.com. Needless to say, Sylvia made the world a much more beautiful place.
She is survived by her three children, literary agent Jeff (with wife Dee Jay); neurosurgeon Martin (with wife Shelley); and New York theatrical talent manager and broadway producer, Pamela; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
There are no words to express how greatly her family and friends will miss her but, as she always said in the wake of a loss, "we mourn her death, but we celebrate her life." And we will be certain to celebrate Sylvia Cooper's life all the days of ours.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 26, 2013