Jean Cooper passed away on Dec. 4, 2010, at her Hawks Ridge residence in Hood River, Ore. She was born Nov. 27, 1927, at Junction City, Kansas, to David Louis and Autie Jane (Carnahan) Baker.
Jean grew up in Junction City and graduated from the Junction City High School. She attended Emporia School of Nursing in Emporia, Kansas. After graduating in 1949 she worked two years at the Junction City Hospital then joined the Navy, where she was stationed at the Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, Calif.
She served two years, then left the service and shortly thereafter married Jack Cooper in San Diego and they had a son, Wynn Cooper. Jean and Jack divorced after 17 years of marriage. Jean worked in nursing in convalescent hospitals in the San Diego area until retiring in 1995.
Jean loved music and loved dancing. She was an active and longtime member of Scott Memorial Baptist Church in San Diego and later The First Church of the Nazarene of Point Loma.
In June of 2010 Jean moved to Hawks Ridge Assisted Living in Hood River, Ore. While living in Hood River she attended Shepherd of the Valley Bible Church.
Jean is survived by her son, Wynn Cooper, of Chino, Calif.; brothers Jerry Baker and his wife, Lois, of White Salmon, Wash., and James Baker, of Overland Park, Kansas; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
In addition to her parents Jean was preceded in death by her brother Louis Carnahan Baker and sisters Eloise Baker Fairweather and Betty Jane Baker Sanchez.
Memorials can be made to Hospice of the Gorge or Shepherd of the Valley Bible Church and sent in care of Anderson’s.
Services are planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Pastor Lynn Kent of Shepherd of the Valley Bible Church will officiate.
Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family or to view her video tribute.
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