Mary A. Cooper, 84, of Tonasket and a former Sunnyside resident passed away Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at the home of her daughter surrounded by her family.

Mary was born Feb. 11, 1925 in Big Rapids, Mich. to Edward and Genevieve Marie (Magee) Yak.

She attended parochial school in Michigan.

She met and married Alger Cooper in Saginaw, Mich. on Feb. 3, 1945. They made their home in Sunnyside and later moved to Seattle, where Mary worked in the personnel department at Sears.

The family returned to Sunnyside in 1974, where Mary worked for Tioga and then the Sunnyside School District. She worked as a custodian at Washington Elementary School for many years.

She was a member of the Order of Lay Carmelites in Grandview.

She is survived by her loving husband of nearly 65 years, Alger Cooper of Richland; three sons and their wives, Alger S. (Barbara) Cooper of Seattle, Tim (Diane) Cooper of Yakima and Gary (Debbie) Cooper of Richland; five daughters and their husbands, Melody Cooper of Sunnyside and Joy (Mark) Santee, all of Sunnyside, Jane (Joseph) McBride of Shelton, Rosemary (David) Vallade of W. Richland and Teresa (Randall) Newton of Tonasket; 41 grandchildren and their spouses; and 41 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, David Cooper; a grandson, Adam Newton and her parents.

Viewing will be held Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a recitation of the Rosary at 6 p.m., at Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.

Those wishing to send their condolences may do so at

Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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