Clara Cooper, 86, of Monticello, passed away at The Woods of Monticello Health and Rehabilitation Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Wayne Cooper; her parents, Alberto and Helen Hastings; and a sister, Emily Lichtenfeld of Hamburg, Germany.
Clara is lovingly remembered by her brother, Alberto Hastings of Mexico City; sons, Ben and Jackie Cooper of Platte City, Missouri and David (Kim) Cooper of Monticello; grandchildren, Terrah Pena of Bryant, Sarah Martin of Monticello and Briana Morgan of Monticello; six great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Clara was born in Mexico City, Mexico on Oct 5, 1934. After graduation, she was employed as a flight attendant with Mexicana Airlines. She traveled to the United States to pursue a career in professional water ballet. After choosing to attend Harding University, she met her husband, Wayne. They were married in June 1959 and spent time in Abilene, Texas where their sons were born. The next several years they moved to El Paso, Texas, Dallas Texas, Chicago, Illinois, and West Memphis, Arkansas before finally settling down in Monticello in 1971.
Clara especially enjoyed time with her family being a member of the Monticello Church of Christ.
While in Monticello she was employed by the University of Arkansas at Monticello as an administrative assistant for the Nursing and Fine Arts departments. She had been actively involved with the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect organization and she enjoyed many years providing happiness to the customers of Coopers Jewelers and being able to help in the community when able.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 9, at Stephenson Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello.