Nellie Ruth Cooper

Nellie Ruth Cooper, 68, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at her home.

On February 2, 1951, a bouncing baby girl by the name of Nellie Ruth Jones was born in Jena, to the late Herbert and Ida Jones, who have preceded her in death.

She was educated in the LaSalle Parish School District. Ms. Nellie accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into her life at an early age and was baptized at Trout Creek Baptist Church.

Nellie worked at Golden Age Nursing Home for several years and later worked for Louisiana Department of Transportation.

On October 24, 1977, Nellie Jones was united in holy matrimony to Garey Clifford Cooper. To this union, they parented four children: Patrick Glen Cooper, Kiki Koncinski Cooper, Christopher Savage, and Gabriel Cooper, who preceded her in death. Nellie helped raise and guide many children: special nieces, Soncia Raye and Nina Renae, Charles and Terry. She was affectionally called “Aunt Nellie” and “Miss Nellie” by others.

She was a mother to many, and her doors were always hung open on welcomed hinges. Nellie enjoyed fishing, crocheting, and cooking. She prepared three meals a day and each included candy yams. She was also known for her tea cakes and sweet potato pies. Her house was the house where you would get good food and good laughs.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 6, at Trout Creek Baptist Church of Trout with Rev. Anthony Heard officiating.

Interment followed in Webster Cemetery in Good Pine under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Nathaniel Deal, Betty Jones, and Jean Jones-Hatcher; her children, Zack, Clyde, and Faye.

Nellie Cooper leaves to cherish her memory, five children: four sons, Patrick (Tyneshia), Kiki (Trina), Christopher, and Bobby, all of Jena; one daughter, Pamela (Ernest) of Gainesville, FL; her siblings, Addie Heard and Herbert Jones, Jr; and she leaves behind 23 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, spiritual children, family and friends.

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