May 02, 1922 - September 08, 2021
Dorothy Cooper, 99 passed away, from natural causes, September, 8, 2021 three weeks after a recent move to Naples, FL from her longtime home in Cumming, GA. Because of the COVID virus, and the safety concerns for her family and friends, a private grave-side service will be held at Bethelview Untied Methodist Church. Plans are being made to have a celebration of her life enjoying family and friends when the COVID Virus is no longer a major threat.
Dorothy, or Grandma Dot as her family and friends came to know her was born May 2nd, 1922 in Skipperville, Alabama to the late Henry and Lydia Hughes. She grew up in the surrounding area of Ozark Alabama. She attended Georgia State Business College after which she began working in Montgomery Alabama where she met the love of her life Perry Cooper. He was serving in the Army Air Corp as a military policeman. After a brief courtship, they married and moved to Elkhart Indiana at the close of World War II to be near family beginning their life together. In 1949, she began work at Miles Laboratories (just to earn some Christmas money) and retired 33 years later upon completion of a successful career in Micro-Biology. She was very active in the Elkhart community holding a special place in her heart for the church. Upon retirement, Dorothy and Cooper moved to Cumming, GA in 1982 to be near their daughters and extended family.
She is survived by her two daughters, Connie Alford of Dawsonville, GA and Jacqueline Bergwall of Naples, FL.; grandchildren and their spouses, Kurt Alford (Sheila), Burt Alford, April Tinker (David), August Biggs, Bart Alford (Jennifer), Amy Chrivia (Cullen), Emily Pope, Jonathan Alford (Claire), Drew Bergwall (Cathy), Evan "Tripp" Bergwall (Dana). Also surviving are many Great-grandchildren and Great-Great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Perry Cooper, son-in-law Evan Bergwall, and siblings, H.B. Hughes, Bibb Hughes, Cary Hughes, Ben Hughes, Howard Hughes, Sallie Mathison, Billie McGinnis, Francis "Nan" Monk, and Wesley Hughes.
Grandma Dot's children and grandchildren were the pride and joy of her life. The legacy of Dorothy's sense of humor, generosity, kindness, personal strength and thoughtfulness will be remembered by those she touched.
In lieu of flowers may be made to the cemetery fund at Bethelview United Methodist and Lifeline Animal Project in Atlanta, GA.
Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory, 210 Ingram Avenue, Cumming, Georgia 30040, is in charge of arrangements.
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