CAROL DIANE COOPER (Age 65)
Carol died unexpectedly on Saturday, July 5, 2014. She was born in Dayton, Ohio on January 18, 1949. She and her parents later moved to Springfield, VA. Blind since birth, Carol attended regular public schools with the help of her amazing mother, Jane Cooper, who learned to sight-read Braille and assisted Carol with her studies. After high school, Carol attended Sweetbriar College, earning a B.A. in French in 1971. She then worked for the U.S. Patent Office for over 30 years. In the late 1970s, Carol purchased a condominium home in Watergate at Landmark in Alexandria, where she resided for the remainder of her life. She was proud of her ability to live independently. Carol's parents both preceded her in death. Carol's friends remember her talent for winning money and prizes in radio contests. She also was musically gifted and played the organ, often providing accompaniment for her parents, who were accomplished dancers. Carol will be buried near her parents at Fairfax Memorial Park, where the music and dancing will echo on. A funeral service for Carol will be held at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Rd., Visitation from 9 a.m. until Service at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 25. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind.