Friday September 15, 2017
1:00 PM
The memorial service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor George Mills officiating.
In memory of
Katherine Elizabeth Cooper
February 07, 1955 - August 29, 2017 - Age 62

Kathy was born on February 7, 1955 in Medicine Hat Alberta to father Roy and mother Leona Chesney. She grew up in a loving family with her two sisters along the banks of Peigan coulee. She met her husband Allan Cooper at the Orion hall in 1972, and found the love of her life. They were married on February 2, 1974 and were blessed with three sons. Kathy has always been a lifelong advocate for children and families. Her commitment and understanding of children in need was strengthened by the loss of her son (Aaron) at seven years of age. Kathy has worked extensively with special needs children and has coordinated numerous support programs in the schools where she worked as a teacher’s assistant for many years. She also worked as a caregiver at the Alfred Egan Home in Bow Island. Kathy served as a School Trustee for the Prairie Rose School Division, a position she was very dedicated to, as it was also a way to show her unwavering devotion for children in need. Kathy was a representative and executive on many boards, Public School Board, Alberta School Board, Child/Poverty Committee and First Nations, Metis, Inuit (FNMI). Kathy also spent time volunteering in schools teaching about the Metis people and their history, using her own family history as an example. She began her work with Children’s Services as a member of the original Steering Committee, helping to redesign children services and establish the southeastern Alberta Child and Family Services Authority. Kathy served as a member on the Southeast Alberta Child and Family Services Authority from 1998 -2006, and was appointed a co-chair in May 2011. Kathy was a very talented artist and many received gifts of her art over the years but the richest gift she gave was kindness.

“The highest form of wisdom is kindness”

After a brief and courageous battle with cancer, Kathy passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the age of 62 years. She leaves behind her loving husband Allan Cooper, their two sons Dan (Jen) Cooper, Brett (Erin) Cooper, her six grandchildren Shelton, Paige, Katie, Brae, Oliver, and Ellie; her sisters, Carol (John) Piea, Gladys (Will) Stryker, her mother-in -law, Betty Cooper, sister-in-law Donna (Dennis) White, brothers-in- law, Tom Cooper, Terry Morris and numerous nieces and nephews.

Kathy was predeceased by her son Aaron Cooper, parents Roy and Leona Chesney, father-in- law Harry Cooper , sister-in-law and brother-in-law Fay (Doug) Williams and sister-in-law Pat Morris.

The memorial service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor George Mills officiating. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: [email protected] subject heading: Kathy Cooper.

Message from Sue Masterman September 01, 2017

I had the great privilege of working with Kathy at Prairie Rose and then later as fellow Board members on the Child and Family Services Authority Board. She was a thoughtful and compassionate person, dedicated and hard-working and a tireless advocate for the causes that she held dear. I am so sorry for your loss. Kathy will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Take Care
Sue Masterman
Message from Arden and Deb Mayan September 03, 2017

Dear Allan and Family
We can only imagine the sadness you all feel at this time as you mourn the loss of such a wonderful woman. Occasionally someone special enters our lives and we are all enriched by having known them. Kathy was such a person. She touched my life in a kind and caring manner
and her unconditional friendship gave me strength at times when I needed it and I will be eternally grateful. Although she has left this world, we know she will live on in spirit. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we hope that in time happy memories will
comfort you.
Love and sincerest wishes
Arden and Deb Mayan

Take Care
Arden and Deb Mayan
Message from Harold Brown September 05, 2017

Allan and family, I met Kathy while attending Foremost High School in the late 60s. Our paths crossed again in the early 1990s when we both worked for Alberta Children's Services. I worked in Edmonton and Kathy was on the South East Child and Family Services Authority Board of Directors. Kathy always had a caring focus and she spoke passionately about the youth of Alberta. She was a doer -- now she is an angel, passionately advocating for the youth of the world. Deepest sympathy and prayers. Harold Brown

Take Care
Harold Brown
Message from Deborah Lloyd September 08, 2017

Dear family of my dear friend Kathy! Though I have not met you I feel I have with the love your wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt poured out for you over the years that I have known her. I worked with Kathy through the years through her work in PRRD and her service to community, I was a friend of her mother's and many family members and I was on the Co-Chair of the Children's Services Committee she was on and later that board. I enjoyed my work with her on that level so very much! Then when she was on the School Board for PRRD I was so proud of her for her work there! Then she called me in to assist in getting First Nations Metis and Inuit Education in their district! She was a dedicated board member and as a strong Metis woman who did a lot for the district and her people! I will miss her dearly but will always hold in my heart the gifts she imparted upon all of us! Her dedication, commitment and drive, her precious smile and warm hugs, her giggle and her wonderful sense of humor! May the Great Creator bless all of you and hold you up as you go through this difficult time. I send you my deepest sympathy and prayers as well, Deborah Lloyd

Take Care
Deborah Lloyd
Message from Bonnie Sansregret September 10, 2017

I meet Kathy when she presented to the Special Areas Board for Prairie rose and at other educational conferences. My son was co-chair of childrens services in the Central Zone and Kathy held the same position in the South East.. she was a very kind knowledgeable lady and will be missed dearly... Our sincere sympathy to all her family.. it was an honour to have known Kathy

Take Care
Bonnie Sansregret
Message from Frances Barnes September 10, 2017

I was so sorry to hear about Kathy. I worked with her on a committee with Prairie Rose. I was always impressed by her passion and professionalism. It was a joy to work with her. She made a difference and she will be missed.

Take Care

Take Care
Frances Barnes
Message from Morgan and Daphne Ondrik September 11, 2017

Allan and family, it was with great sadness to learn of the news that Kathy has passed away, she was truly a wonderful lady and will be missed by many, blessings to you and your families

Take Care
Morgan and Daphne Ondrik
Message from Amanda (Anderson ) Campbell September 15, 2017

Was sad to hear of the loss of you Kathy, I re read the letter you sent me last August and the pictures of your mom and dad that you sent me it ment a lot to me. I do think you are now in heaven with your mom and dad and son. And no longer in pain i will cherish your letter and the pictures you sent me Thoughts and prayers out to the family sorry to hear of your loss

Take Care
Amanda (Anderson ) Campbell
Message from Bill & Kathy Ressler September 15, 2017

Condolences Allan to you and your entire family. Kathy's passing came as quite a shock to me as I did not even know she was ill. Kathy made a difference many people's lives through her work on various committees and in her role as school trustee. Thank you for sharing her with us!

Take Care
Bill & Kathy Ressler