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Ruth Cooper

Aug 14th, 1940 - Jan 20th, 2024

Graveside Memorial Ceremony: 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at Elmwood Cemetery


      Ruth A. Cooper, age 83, of Flora, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at Flora Gardens Care Center.  

      She was born in Annapolis, Maryland on August 14, 1940, to Arnold and Bessie (Baker) Miller.  She and Richard A. Cooper, Jr married on July 11, 1959, and they spent 60 years together before his death on April 2, 2019.

      Ruth is survived by two children, Richard A. Cooper, III and wife Deann of Iuka, and Regina A. Bunning and husband Jerry of Decatur, five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, her sister Betty Lou Anderson and brother Richard Lee Miller and many nieces and nephews.  Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Tommy Miller, James Miller, Arnold Miller and one sister, Beatrice Mae Wright.

      For many years, she and Richard moved around for his work, even spending a year in China.  They ended up putting down roots on a farm in Flora where they spent their final years.  She took pride in taking the time to make the houses her family lived in feel like home.  Ruth had a love for German Shepherds and there was rarely a time in her life that she did not have her faithful companion by her side.  

      She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother, and accumulated a vast knowledge of many things by lots of reading and trial and error.  She shared that knowledge with her friends and family, always willing to help.  Ruth enjoyed tending to her large flower and vegetable garden, working outside, and sewing.  She used to say she didn’t like to cook but she was an excellent cook and made wonderful homemade pies, especially Richard’s favorite, Lemon Meringue. 

      A graveside memorial ceremony and committal will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at Elmwood Cemetery in Flora.  Those who wish to attend are asked to arrive directly at the cemetery.  Arrangements are by Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Memorial donations are suggested to Clay County Animal Rescue & Shelter (CCARS) or Alzheimer’s Association, and these will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a condolence or memory, visit:  


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Mary Reynolds

January 23rd

My condolences to the family 🙏


January 24th

I first met Ruth when she ran the laundry mat in Louisville I was so young taking our clothes to be washed. She was Always there with Love & Kindness. Through the years she held a Very Special place in my heart ❤️ She was the Most Loving, Caring and Beautiful Soul that I will always Treasure as my friend. Love and Prayers for her family She will be Missed by many and Loved by ALL. RIP My Sweet, Loving friend with Love ❤️ Kim

Toni Griffith

January 24th

Rich and Regina, and families: I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. Cherish your memories. Prayers of comfort and peace during this difficult time.

Lowell & Brenda K Showalters

January 24th

Rich and Regina your Mom and Dad was one of the best neighbors we ever had. So many evenings sitting in the yard visiting. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family w

P. Jane KUTCH.

January 25th

The obituary was very interesting to read. My condolences are for you, regina and your family.

Debi & Mark Hilliard

January 29th

Ruth was a nice neighbor and very friendly person. She loved her German Shephards and she loved gardening. We have missed having her next door since she moved away. Rest in peace dear lady.

Dale & Kay Murbarger

January 31st

Rich & Family, We are so sorry for your loss. May the Lord Bless and keep you in His care during this time.



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Melody Rice
Larry Frost
Randy & Lisa Hargis
Mark &Karen Jones
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Troy&Kim (Bickley)Welty
Darin & Kelly Quinn
Jane Janes
Richard and Karen Stanfield
Mary Ann and Mike Brown
Tracy (Pierson) Gould
Vickie Strange
Jean Guerrettaz
Lowell & Brenda K Showalters
Bruce & Nannette Richards
Neal & Janet Fehrenbacher
Anthony & Laura Harrington
Debi & Mark Hilliard
Dan & Jill Henderson
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