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.