Cynthia Cooper

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Cynthia Ann Cooper

On March 12, 2018 at 12:27 pm a light of love and a peaceful presence in the world was extinguished when Cynthia Ann Cooper succumbed to brain cancer. She was born in Watertown, Wisconsin, on August 29, 1946 to Roland and Elizabeth Cooper. She moved to Roswell, New Mexico in 1957 when her father was named Episcopal priest for that parish. She attended New Mexico State University where she was a music major and played clarinet in the university's orchestra, and marching band. She later moved to Albuquerque and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing which led to a 25 year career at the VA Hospital in Albuquerque, where she worked as a critical care nurse. Her hobbies included, but were not limited to, sky diving, bicycle racing, and gardening, which was her true passion. She described becoming a master gardener as a lifelong dream come true.

She is survived by her husband, Paul McNaull; her sisters, Lynne Hooper of Roswell, and Mary Faith Westerlund; her daughter, Kristen Valliant; son, Eric Holmes; granddaughters, Rio Valliant and Alia Holmes; and her ex-husband, Victor Holmes. We would like to thank the many wonderful and caring doctors and staff at the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center, our many neighbors and friends who supported us through this difficult time.

A memorial service will be held on March 28, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Albuquerque Garden Center. In lieu of flowers please send a donation to the American Brain Tumor Society.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Mar. 18, 2018