Joyce M. Cooper, 79, of
Bloomington, IL, passed away at 4:15 a.m. on Sunday (October 06,
2013) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. A memorial
service will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Normal on
Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jeffrey R.
Henricks officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on
Monday (October 07, 2013) at the Church. Cremation rites have been
accorded. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to
Our Savior Lutheran Church or The Humane Society.
Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home is assisting the family with
Joyce was born August 22, 1934 in
Lincoln, Illinois, a daughter to Raymond and Florence Denou Miller.
She married James L. Cooper on July 07, 1975 in Ormond Beach,
Florida. He survives.
In addition to her husband, Joyce
is survived by two daughters, Connie (Jerry) Grandon of
Bloomington, IL; Carol (Mark) DesJardins of Hamilton, Ohio; two
sons, Steven (Debbie) Petersen of Bloomington, IL; Bruce (Emmie)
Petersen of Springfield, IL; a step-daughter, Jennifer (Mike)
Bender of Bloomington; two brothers, Marvin Miller of Bloomington,
IL and Daryl (Rita) Miller of Normal. She is also survived by 15
grandchildren, Tara Smith of Washington D.C.; Justin Smith of
Chicago, IL; Adam (Heather) Smith of Bloomington, IL; Lauren
DesJardins of Washington D.C.; Alison DesJardins of Colorado
Springs, Colorado; Jessica DesJardins of Cincinnati, Ohio; Kelsey
Petersen of Lexington, Kentucky; Ashley Petersen of Normal, IL;
Kaitlin (Brad) Schaffer of Gurnee, IL; Leslie Petersen of
Martinton, IL; Mollie Petersen of Bloomington, IL; Abigail Petersen
of Urbana, IL; Jeb Bender of Bloomington, IL; Jared (Dru) Grandon
of Germany; Brett (Meghan) Grandon of Mokena, IL; four great
grandchildren, Cole Reener, Ella Smith, Noah Schaffer, and Sophia
She was preceded in death by her
parents, one grandson, Ryan; and a step-son, James Jr.
Joyce graduated from Bloomington
High School and was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in
Normal. She was a founding member of the Lioness Club in Fairbury,
IL, a member of the Red Hat Society and "Yet To Be Named Society."
Joyce had a passion for animals and her flower garden. She had
several horses, cats, and dogs that she cared for including her
Pomeranian, a rescue dog named Duke. She enjoyed Nascar races and
singing in the Our Savior Lutheran Church Choir. Joyce loved her
family and will be sorely missed.
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