Bessie Gilbert Cooper
Bessie Gilbert Cooper, 84, of Mt. Vernon died 
6:06 a.m. Nov. 6, 2004, at St. Mary's Good Samaritan 
Hospital in Mt. Vernon. 

She was a nurse's aide at Mt. Vernon T.B. Hospital 
and also for Hickory Grove Nursing Home. 

Mrs. Cooper was born Sept. 5, 1920, in Bonnie to 
Nathan and Susan (Beaty) Parr. She first married 
Neal Gilbert Dec. 18, 1936, in St. Louis; he died 
May 29, 1967. She then married Chester Cooper 
Aug. 12, 1972, in Mt. Vernon; he died in April of 2004. 

Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday at 
Bethel Memorial Cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Montgomery 
will officiate. Those attending the service are asked 
to go directly to the cemetery on Tuesday afternoon. 
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Hughey 
Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. 

Mrs. Cooper is survived by daughters Mary Lou Williams 
and husband Terrance of Garden Grove, Calif., and Kay Clary 
of Mt. Vernon; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 
a stepson, Edmond Cooper of Mt. Vernon; a stepdaughter, Janette 
Faseno of Wood River; three stepgrandchildren; 2 stepgreat-
grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; a 
daughter, Betty Gilbert Weems; five brothers; two sisters; 
and a son-in-law, Richard Clary. 

Mrs. Cooper was a member of South Side Baptist Church and 
Varnell Rebekah Lodge 296. 

For those who wish, memorials may be made to the donor's 
choice and will be accepted at the funeral home or may be 
mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, 
IL 62864. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of 
Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call 242-3348 for obituary 
information at any time.

Date: 10 Nov 2004  
Source: Register-News, Mt Vernon IL
Submitted by: Robert W. Loman 

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