Mary R. Cooper
SPRINGFIELD - Mary Rose Cooper, 84, of Springfield, Ill., passed away Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
Mary was born Feb. 3, 1928, in Riverton, the daughter of Frank and Albina Prehoda Vala. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Frank, Wes and John Vala.
Mary was a U.S. veteran, serving as a private first class in the U.S. Marine Corps. Mary worked at the Franklin Life Insurance Co., and she retired from Central Management Services as an office manager as well as from Meijer.
Mary is survived by her son, Sam H. (companion, Nancy) Cooper, of Pawnee; two daughters, Kathy M. Hayes, of Charlotte, N.C., and Daniele L. (husband, John) Muchow, of Springfield, Ill.; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; one brother, Martin Vala, of Riverton; three sisters, Helen E. (B.J.) Mayer, of Naperville, Ill., Theresa B. Dickerson, of Florida and Albina (Babe) Busek, of Woodstock, Ga.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan., 8, 2013, at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield with the Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County conducting military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions honoring Mary may be made to
Curry Funeral Home in Pawnee is serving the family of Mary Cooper. Online condolences may be expressed at www.curry-fh.com.