Mary Lou Joyce Cooper, 82 of Pittsboro died on October 7, 2011 following prolonged health related problems. She was born in Mt. Airy, NC on November 15, 1929 to Sam and Elma Cook Joyce.
Mary Lou was a loving and devoted wife to her husband of 60 years, John Cooper. In addition to her husband, She was survived by her three sons: Steve Cooper and wife Mary Campbell Cooper of Pittsboro; Sam Cooper of Pittsboro; and Vann Cooper and wife Harvi Collins Cooper of Cary; four grandchildren: Mary Cooper of Pittsboro; John Cooper and wife Becca Cooper of Lumberton; Will Cooper and wife Andi Cooper of Durham; Wes Cooper of Cary; two great-grandchildren; Max Cooper and David Cooper of Durham. Mary Lou was also survived by two sisters, Rachel Joyce Church of Lenoir and Alice Joyce Armfield of Mt, Airy; as well as numerous beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and dear friend and caregiver, Donna Loyd. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister Louise Joyce Edwards of Mars Hill.
Growing up in Surry County, Mary Lou later graduated from Mars Hill College and Furman University. She taught in public schools located in Sparta, and Pittsboro. Mary Lou spent most of her life in Chatham County where she faithfully served her church and community; exemplifying service to others throughout her life. Many enjoyed her friendship and gracious hospitality. Through her efforts, love, care, and family; her “life well lived” leaves the world as a better place; she leaves us with wonderful memories to cherish and share.
A service celebrating the life and faith of Mary Lou Joyce Cooper will be held on October 9, 2011 at 2 o’clock at the Pittsboro United Methodist Church. Friends may visit with the family from 6 – 8 pm Saturday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home in Pittsboro.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a memorial contribution be made to the Pittsboro United Methodist Church or to a local charity or non-profit of your choice.