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Pat Cooper

Jul 30th, 1930 - Jan 6th, 2024

Funeral:  11 a.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Interment:  Elmwood Cemetery

Visitation:  5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home 


     Pat A. Cooper, age 93, of Flora, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, January 6, 2024, at Clay County Hospital.

     Born on July 30, 1930, in Salem, Pat was united in marriage with Paul T. Cooper on May 28, 1955, in Henderson, Kentucky.  Paul, a Navy veteran of World War II, preceded her in passing on June 1, 1973.

     Pat's ongoing commitment to honor those who served in the Armed Forces, a tribute to her late husband Paul, was something she never lost sight of.  A dedicated member of the American Legion Post 14 Auxiliary and former Past President numerous times, she tirelessly served on many projects for decades.  She was also a member of the Flora VFW #3999 Auxiliary.  Pat was dedicated to reminding us that we should never forget to thank our local veterans living in nursing homes.  She led by example, and spent countless hours raising funds and thoughtfully selecting gifts that she personally delivered to these residents on occasions such as Christmas, Veterans Day, and birthdays.

     A cherished memory for Pat was when she was selected to be a guardian for an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., and is another testament to her passion for being there for those who served.  Pat was overwhelmed when the Flora Chamber of Commerce selected her as “Citizen of the Year” in 2008, recognizing her unwavering commitment to community service.

     Pat also found enjoyment in her volunteer work with the Clay County Hospital Auxiliary.  Inspired by faith, she had been a member of the Flora First Church of God for over 50 years.  In the past she had been employed at The Gentleman’s Shop in Flora, and enjoyed bowling, golf at the Flora Country Club, and opportunities to travel.  Pat leaves behind a legacy of love and service, and her spark will continue to glow anytime you say “thank you” to a Veteran in long-term care.

     Pat is survived by her daughter, Paula Romero and husband Jeff of Republic, Missouri; two granddaughters, Caitlyn Edwards of Rogers, Arkansas, and Taylor Ngo and husband Brandon of Fayetteville, Arkansas; a bonus daughter, Angela Martin of Flora; and several special friends.  She was preceded in passing by her father, John Albert Troutt; mother, Grace Louise (Parker) Cantrell; husband, Paul T. Cooper; and two brothers, Clifford and Buddy Troutt.

     A funeral ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.  Memorial donations are suggested to the Flora American Legion Post 14 Auxiliary for a fund that will continue to honor Pat’s mission of providing gifts for Veterans in local nursing homes.  Memorials will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a condolence or memory, visit:


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Sarah Gouldkristine

January 7th

I am ever so sorry for the recent passing of Pat. She was a sweet lady, and she will be missed by all that adored her. May the family be blessed with the good that Pat brought to all that knew her!

Cynthia Eskew

January 7th

Paula I'm sorry for your loss!!! She was such a sweet lady and we talked about you and Chris often!! She will be missed by many!! Fly high Pat!!!

De Hawkins

January 7th

Paula. I'm beyond sad to hear of Pat's passing. She was a very special lady and she was always so kind to me throughout the years. Sending you lots of love and prayers.

Doris Wagner (Bootsie)

January 7th

Pat was a good friend of my mom Doris Bright! She was so nice and would always see her when I came to Flora! She was either volunteering at hospital or delivering gifts to the Vets!! Rest In Peace Pat🙏🏼❤️ Bootsie Wagner

Mike and Cindy Tatman

January 7th

Paula and family. So very sorry for the loss. She was such a sweet person , with a heart of gold. The epitome of a giving gracious soul. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Candy Barnes

January 7th

Pat will definitely be missed. So many memories of little things throughout life and she made an impact on my families life. She was such a big part of Mom's life for over 40 years.

Alan and Norma Buck

January 7th

Sympathy is extended to The Family, Friends and Community. An Outstanding Citizen has passed.

Vickie Simpson

January 7th

A great lady whom I got to know through Clay Co Hospital Auxiliary working with her on several projects. She gave me a nickname of 'trouble' and I gave her 'double trouble'. Lol. No matter where she saw me it was 'There's trouble". She supported me when I started CC Healthy Hearts, was at every meeting till disbanded. Prayers to Paula and family.

Judy Lusk

January 7th

Rest in Peace sweet lady. Your work on earth is done.

Pat and Steve Henry

January 7th

Wonderful lady, rest in peace

Debra Ritchie

January 7th

Thoughts and prayers.

Vickie Fuson

January 7th

I was so sad to see Pat had passed away. I had went and visited her at her house on Jan. 2nd. So happy I went and see her. Happy she was a friend of mine for years. I will miss her very much. R.I.P. my friend! ❤️

Brenda and Brian Streif

January 8th

Prayers for all.

Randy and Lori Poole

January 7th

Prayers of comfort and peace to her family during this difficult time! Pat was a very special lady indeed! She was so very dedicated to all that did!

Steve & Nancy Mink

January 7th

So sorry to hear this. Fly high Patsie Anne!

January 7th

Paula and family, our sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your Mother. She was one of the special ladies in our community, seeing to the needs of others. She will certainly be missed.

Tina Marie Walters

January 7th

Fly high Neighbor

Bill and Robin Atwood

January 8th

Such a lovely soul and a great patriot.

Carl and Brenda Bandy

January 8th

Paula and family, we are so sorry you have lost your mom and grandma. She was a good neighbor of ours for many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We are sending love and hugs.❤

David Bryden

January 8th

Pat was 100% for the veterans, every veteran in all the nursing homes knew Pat as mom. She almost always called me to help with any veteran situation, to help pass out gifts, and asked me and American Legion what the best gift to give. At the Citizen of the year banquet she asked me to pray for the blessing for the food. And the benediction. She was a true patriot, and she would be sorely missed and it's too bad. There aren't more just like her. And every veterans celebration she would always ask me to call on her because she had a few words she wanted to say to the audience.

Jeff and Libbie Oakes

January 8th

Paula, we are very sorry from the loss of your lovely mother. Hugs..

Pam (Glassford) Smith

January 9th

Heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Pat's family and loved ones. She was a friend and inspiration to my mother (Ruby Glassford) as they worked together in auxiliary events throughout the years. Mom will truly miss Pat.

Milton & Judy Smith

January 9th

Heaven has gained a wonderful spirit. Nothing but very fine thoughts for Pat and her tireless efforts. Pat - You will be missed by many!

Paul & Jo Ann Rose

January 9th

Paula prayers for you and your family! She was a special lady to so many people. She was so involved with the veterans and was so good to our dad.

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January 10th

I am so sorry to hear Pat has passed!!! She was a friend to my mom!!! Modean Koontz. Pat was a hard worker for our veterans so many years!! She will be missed!!!

Norman and Shirley Fry Workman

January 11th

Paula and family, so sorry about your Mother. There are not enough words and saying that could be said or written about her. She was one amazing person and will be truly missed by her family, friends , and the community.

Eddie Perry

January 12th

A beautiful lady with ceaseless service for others. She will be missed greatly, especially by all of us Veterans that she has touched at some point in our lives. Prayers for Paula, Caitlyn and Taylor and their families.

Rita Cosner

January 13th

I work with pat she is a very special person and friend. Sorrybfor your loss


January 13th

I am so sorry for your loss. Paula she was so sweet.



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