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Doris H. Cooper

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Doris H. Cooper Obituary
June 15, 1922 - October 26, 2016 Doris Helene Hinchliffe Cooper was born to James C. Hinchliffe and Emily A. Dietz on June 15 1922. She grew up in Patterson, New Jersey along with her older sister Joan and attended Eastside High School. Doris' uncle, John V. Hinchliffe became the mayor of Patterson, New Jersey in 1929. He built Hinchliffe Stadium in 1932 which was the home of several Negro League baseball teams in the 30s and 40s. The stadium was closed in 1997. After Doris graduated from Eastside High School she attended secretarial school and landed a job at Curtiss-Wright Aeronautical Company in Patterson. At Curtiss-Wright, Doris met a young handsome test pilot and naval aviator, Lieut. Leroy Cooper Jr. of Memphis, Tennessee. One thing led to another and they were married February 10, 1945. They built a house in Morristown, New Jersey where they raised their two children, Lani and Peter. Leroy's aviation career led them to move to Santa Monica, California in 1957 where he worked at Douglas Aircraft Company. Doris was an active member and volunteer in numerous charities. They joined The Beach Club, Santa Monica where Doris and family enjoyed the active California lifestyle of beach and paddle tennis with great friends. She was also very active with her tennis group. The family moved to Brentwood in 1962 . A bit later in life Doris and Lee joined L.A.C.C. as their tennis arms gave way to a golf swing. For many years Doris enjoyed playing golf and bridge with her lady friends. Doris was married for 70 years to Leroy and had a great life with many friends and no complaints. In fact she didn't complain about anything. Ever! She was forever positive, disregarded the negative, and came from the school "If you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all!" She was an extremely strong willed lady (possibly stubborn) and her classic statement was "Its fine the way it is." Doris passed away peacefully at age 94 in her own home. She was preceded by her husband of 70 years Leroy Cooper Jr. and her daughter Lani Schulte. She is survived by: her sister Joan Hinchliffe, her son Peter and wife Silvia Bianchi Cooper, son-in-law Bernard Schulte, and grandkids, Briana Cooper, Ben Schulte, Dana Schulte Cooper, and Dana's children, Maddie and Jack Cooper. No services scheduled. Just Good Memories!
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 4 to Nov. 6, 2016
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